Puppet Master: Axis Of Evil
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Arguably, the best entry in the series to date has been Part 3, which found The Puppet Master, Andre Toulon, in WWII fighting off the Nazis in a prequel set before most of the other films. Axis of Evil is set in that time just after Toulon has killed himself at the Bodega Bay Inn (as seen in Part 1) and we follow the new Puppet Master, Danny Coogan (Levi Fiehler), a young man with a Polio-caused limp that impedes him from enlisting. Soon though, he discovers not only Toulon's puppets, but also a group of Nazi and Japanese spies on US soil plotting to blow up the arms factory where his girlfriend works. It's up to Danny and the puppets to take on the Axis of Evil and save his girlfriend.
Watching this film, it is very clear that all parties involved are trying to bring the franchise back to it's former glory. Part 3's director, David DeCoteau, returns and brings the same style to the series that he brought to his earlier film and the casting is outstanding. Fiehler shines as Danny in probably the best leading role in the series next to Guy Rolfe in part 3. He brings a real heart to the film and you almost forget that you're watching a direct- to-video sequel about Nazi fighting puppets.
The only element that makes the film suffer are the puppets themselves. With a lower budget, I'm sure it was impossible to employ stop motion like in the good old days.Read more ›
The story: following the suicide of Andre Toulon, his Puppets are taken by a disabled woodworker (Levi Fiehler, Fetching) who will need to use them to thwart the attempt of a Nazi agent (Tom Sandoval, Vanderpump Rules) to destroy a local munitions factory.
I know that Full Moon is a studio not known for its subtlety, but I really, really hate this screenplay. The story itself is okay, but writer Domonic Muir (Critters) makes himself responsible for some of the most ham-fisted dialogue I have ever heard. I wish I had a quarter for every time that the protagonist laments his unfitness to enlist in the military "because I'm a damn cripple!Read more ›
We return to the Bodega Bay Inn in 1939, when Andre Toulon commits suicide before being captured by the Nazis who have so desperately sought the secret of eternal life which animates his puppets. A young fan of Toulon's puppet work, Danny recovers Toulon's puppets and learns how to animate them with the magical serum.
Director David DeCoteau (Curse of the Puppet Master, Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge, Retro Puppet Master) hasn't done much good for this franchise since its third installment. Here, he directs a less zany story than parts 4 through 7, which serves as a promising return to the original franchise standard. Danny finds himself protecting Toulon's secrets while trying to prevent the Nazis and Japanese from destroying an American weapons factory. This is all fine, but far too much time is spent focusing on Danny, the Nazis and the Japanese and far too little screen time is afforded to the puppets, which, last time I checked, is why I'm watching this! I'd rather have a terrible story and more puppet action...like in Curse of the Puppet Master.
Our hardly featured puppets include Blade (parts 1-2, 4-8), Leech Woman (parts 1-3, 6-8), Pinhead (9 movie veteran), Tunneler (9 movie veteran) and Jester (9 movie veteran). When Danny opens the puppet chest we see a few others (not featured in previous movies) that receive no screen time or explanation. Danny also creates a new puppet with the soul of a loved one--it's a little ninja with throwing stars. The effects (or lack thereof) behind the puppets' movement is perhaps the worst in the franchise. When the 20 year old franchise opener has better special effects than the most recent entry (part 9), something is terribly wrong. Folks are getting lazy!Read more ›
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Last week I started with the first Puppet Master and have continued to the Axis of Evil. While it is certainly not the worse of the sequels it still suffers from bad pacing, awful... Read morePublished 1 month ago by cmckittrick91
Please guys, just quit making these horrible movies!!! There hasn't been a descent Puppet Master since part 3. You're just making a mockery of a once great series. Read morePublished 5 months ago by westicles
Thank you Charles Brand and Co. for continuing to bring us more Puppet Master films.Published 5 months ago by Frank A. Maresca Jr.
it was the perfect addition to my wifes puppet master movie collection and was everything i expected.arrived on time and was in perfect condition.Published on March 3, 2014 by Paul Ludy
I have to admit that this movie may not be as good as the original films, but its better than the tenth entry in the series. That one really sucked.Published on July 21, 2013 by Kerry Ryan Maloney
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