THE MEAT PUPPET
The Meat Puppet is a psycho film. It has clearly been made on a low-budget and independently. The only name present one had even vaguely heard of before is Geri Reischl who appeared as the young daughter in Brotherhood of Satan (1971) and has made one or two other minor tv guest appearances. All of that said, The Meat Puppet is not an uninteresting film despite its evident lack of full professional polish.
The most fascinating aspect of the film is Keith Collins central character (he also produces the film and comes up with the story). He is played as a pathologically charming predator, obsessed with seducing the ladies. Some of the best aspects of the film are the ones where he is describing in chillingly detailed voiceover monologue the various methods he is employing to inveigle women in order to kill them. (You get the clear impression that Valenti, Collins or someone in the film is writing either a personal fantasy or from experience). Collins also has an interestingly twisted relationship with Geri Reischl who calls herself his mother and at one point walks in while he is making out with a girl and asks if he wants a threesome. Later, the two are seen cuddled up in bed together, while he brings the body parts of the murdered girls to her after having cooked them and the two sit and enjoy a meal. It is these aspects that push The Meat Puppet past the usual run of the mill psycho film and into some interestingly twisted places.
There are some bits that still remain amateurish like the police procedural aspect where clearly neither Joe Valenti or anybody involved on the script had talked to any detectives or read up on things. Two homicide detectives are sent out on a missing persons case, while Matthew Schultzs jerkoff attitude, abusing and ridiculing people who come forward with information, would have him hauled up in any self-respecting police department. There is the odd bit that lacks conviction in the horror scenes too like the silly scene where Keith Collins severs Theresa Galeanis hand and uses it as an easel to dip his brush in and paint using her blood, while informing her You had a hand in this, which briefly turns the film into something akin to a camp version of Color Me Blood Red (1965).
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