DVD Review: Puppet Master: Axis Rising

So here is a review of the latest movie PUPPET MASTER: AXIS RISING  aka Puppet Master X from the world famous film company Full Moon Features. Full Moon Features is also the movie company that brought people the awesome classics such as the other Puppet Master movies along with the movies series of Trancers, Demonic Toys and the most recent Evil Bong. This movie however is the direct sequel of Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (PM9) . Well, I guess it’s time to get into my review.

After foiling a plot to blow up an American arms plant, Danny Coogan and his girlfriend, Beth, quickly find that their troubles have just begun. One of Toulon’s mysterious Puppets has been kidnapped by the Nazis, and under the wicked, watchful eye of the occultist Commandant Moebius, the Puppets’ life-giving serum is synthesized to create a master race of unstoppable soldiers. Moebius plots to assassinate the highly-decorated General Porterto deliver a crippling blow to the American war effort, but his experiments are not ready. A Nazi Scientist uses the serum to create their own superior race of Nazi puppets in the form of Blitzkrieg, Weremacht, Bombshell and Kamikaze! Danny and Beth, teamed with craggy Sergeant Stone and Toulon’s Puppets, are no match for Moebius and his war machine. It is up to Blade, Pinhead, Leech Woman and Jester to revive their own secret weapon to stop the axis rising!

The special effects were just the same as in the last movie and didn’t really change much. Some scenes looked rushed and the puppetry work looked bad and felt like it took a step back from the original Puppet Master movie from 1989. What happened to all of the stop-motion work and the camera tricks that made the movie a cult classic? The acting was more wooden and felt very robotic in some scenes, but this is a Full Moon movie and not a big Hollywood budgeted blockbuster. I did enjoy the new addition of more puppets, especially evil puppets to counter the good puppets that we have all come to love in the series. I also did like the references to the other movies as a good sign of continuity in the film series.

The movie was a lot fun that had it’s decent share of both good and bad moments. I did love that the VideoZone featurette was back. That was awesome to see. It was also great that It looks like this film series could expand even more with the additional characters added in the newer puppets. All in all, it was a fun and a great B styled movie that deserves to be watched with friends while you drink some cheap beer..



Studio: Full Moon Features

Run Time: 88 minutes

Rated: NR


VideoZone Featurette
“Killer” Puppet Master Montage
Re-Mastered Full Moon Trailers
Uncensored Grindhouse Preview

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