Written & Directed by David Schmoeller
Andre Toulan...William Hickey
Alex...Paul Le Mat
The movie starts off at the Bodega Bay Inn on the California coast during World War II, where refugee Andre Toulan (part-time puppet maker and last of the living alchemists) is hiding out from the Nazis. His peace of mind doesn't last long, however, as two German officials pound on his door. Rather than put his fate in their hateful hands, Toulan quickly stashes a few prized possessions and takes his own life.
Flash forward to "modern" day: A group of psychics scattered across the United States have assembled at the partially-remodeled Bodega Bay Inn, brought together by the death of one of their former associates. The psychics, and the dead man's wife, quickly find themselves hunted--not by Nazis, as Toulan had so long ago, but by the living marionettes that he had left behind.
A solid low-budget entry that, in its own minor way, is a classic of the genre.
"I am not a cynic. I prefer to think of myself as a...nasty bitch."