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Actors: Stephen Galaida, Robbie Shapiro, Mark Janis, Mark Lampert, Jon Bavier
Director: James Bai
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2007     1hr 21min

Set sometime "after the Decline", in a world of no-place, this Hitchcockian story of an android, painstakingly created in the likeness of his maker, is a Frankenstein fable for the millennium. The dark and eerie world of P...  more »


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Actors: Stephen Galaida, Robbie Shapiro, Mark Janis, Mark Lampert, Jon Bavier
Director: James Bai
Creators: Jeffery Scott Lando, James Bai, Miranda Devin, Jason Kraut, Stephen Bai
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Drama, Robots & Androids, Futuristic
Studio: Lifesize Ent.
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 08/14/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 21min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 12/16/2011...
Puzzlehead is the story of a professor in a dystopian future who has created an android. He has shaped it to look like himself and treats it as his own child. The professor is also obsessed with a local clerk at the store down the street, but can't find a way to get her to like him. He sends his android to try to woo her for him, but things go awry when the woman falls for the android, but can't stand the professor when he tries to step in. This Frankenstein story has a very eastern European feel to it and is very good for a low budget film. The pacing is slow, but if you like Russian movies, you'll probably love this one. The twists and turns at the end liven it up a bit.

Movie Reviews

Unique take on Frankenstein
Brendan M. Howard | Kansas, USA | 08/12/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Puzzlehead's body is android as imagined by 1980s sci-fi, with fake skin and metal innards. But in a new twist on the Frankenstein myth, Walter uses his own psyche as the software on Puzzlehead's mental hard drive. The two are equally inhuman in the movie's first scenes, but as Puzzlehead starts to experience some of Walter's emotions, he becomes the character we sympathize with. What did Walter build him for? Does it have something to do with the beautiful, but unhappy Russian woman who owns a shop down the street?

It does. The old Frankenstein plot, where the Monster takes out his jealousy and anger at the good Doctor by murdering his beloved, gets a twist here, too. Both android and android maker fall for the same girl. But it's only natural--they're two men with the same brain.

While the twists are fairly predictable, and Galaida's twin performances seem more than artfully flat, Puzzlehead is a fascinating, new look at an old fable. Writer-director Bai's interest, however, is clearly in the art of the endeavor, not the philosophy. Expect to be wowed by the world and the visuals, not so much the plot."
Ingenious, low budget, sci-fi
W. Leonard | 05/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Worth watching more than once to admire the planning that went into this film. Definitely Frankenstein inspired, as the cover review states. The movie does so much entertainment with so little resources--like 'Clerks', but with an ingenious plot. I gave it five stars instead of four because of what was achieved despite its economy."
The Worst Robot-Gone-Bad-Dystopia Film Of All Time
Anne Castles | 02/03/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I'm sorry, but this film is really bad. It makes very little sense. Maybe if it was pitched as a sci-fi black comedy I could give it a better wrap. Sadly it has the potential to be incredible, but I cringed watching it all the way through. It gets worse as the film progresses. The director has a few simple cinematic tricks up his sleeve, but overall the film is just... bad.

The characterisation is confusing and the acting is fairly awful. Stephen Galaida is the worst, most ham-fisted android of all time. It's almost as though the only role research he did was to watch the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1 and copy DATA (badly). And he's the flattest, dullest, most monotone actor you could imagine. The fact that he plays BOTH roles blows my mind. I'll grant he is physically suited to the role of the android. Especially that bad hair. My partner even commented on the scene-stealingly bad hair.

The rhythm of the plot is badly paced and at times laughable. The plot devices are rudimentary and guessable for anybody who has watched bad TV drama. If you like robbers with guns, you're in for a great time. Oh, how menacing! I'm living in a futuristic dystopia where anything can happen and here comes a ROBBER...

For those who say it's steampunk or whatever, there's only one sentence at the beginning of the film where the narrator (the android) tells the audience about the world. After that there's little sense of place in the film. What happened to the old adage, "show, don't tell"?

The female lead character is a cardboard cut-out, disempowered, fragile woman with a terrible Eastern European accent. It is almost as though the writers of the film have never met a woman before. Seriously. The way they portrayed her pregnancy and birth were comical if not for the intended seriousness of the subject matter ("The baby is coming"..."Okay"... let's STRAP her into an ambulance like some victim). And I'm sorry, but how does any real woman go from attempting suicide, to wanting to play house with the man who raped her, to wanting to keep the baby, ALL IN THE SPACE OF 10 MINUTES IN THE FILM? (And make sure you don't miss out on the actress's eyes blinking when she is in the bathtub possibly meant to be dead).

I could say more but I'll save my breath. Watch this film if you want to cringe. It's got a small glimmer of hope at times, but overall it's just a train wreck. If you like the "so bad it's good" class of movies, maybe give it a watch."