Attack of the Puppet PeopleAttack of the Puppet People: Terror Comes in Small Packages!

Oh really. This is the plot summary on IMDb, in a teeny, tiny, little shell: "Lonely, deranged puppet-master designs a machine that shrinks people."

Yes, that's all there is. There's no attacking, by puppet people (who are actually dolls) or anyone else. There is a hissing cat, a rat, and a viciously barking dog, although they hardly add tension to the story, which is the tragic tale of Mr Franz, a painfully lonely and insane man with serious abandonment issues (thanks to some bitch named Emily back in The Old Country).

Don't worry about being bogged down by a lengthy explanation of how Franz's machine works or how he came to invent and build it. With simple and concise sciencey words he easily explains that shrinking people to the size of dolls is as simple as using an overhead projector. It's too complicated to go into here, but, suffice to say, if Mr. Franz, Super Genius and the sole proprietor of Dolls Incorporated, takes a liking to you, DO NOT go in the back room with him. He's nuts.

From a technical point of view, the special effects are staggering in their attempt at non-fluctuating scale. The sound track, which includes, for some inexplicable reason, a dance song that one of Mr Franz's Living Dolls is forced to sing (or else it's back in the jar with you missy), is at times a bit overwhelming. Music from this era (1958) is something that people, even then, must have really hated.

"Attack of the Puppet People" is not a horrible movie, nor is it a horror movie. The acting isn't terrible and the script isn't the worst ever puked out of Hollywood, so all in all a true B-movie. If you want something to half pay attention to while you're doing something else, this could be the perfect creep-snooze for you.