I must give credit for a rather interesting story.
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010)
Directed By: David DeCoteau
Where to get it: Full Moon Direct
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When we last joined our friendly puppets, it was The Curse of the Puppet Master. While our Puppets had flipped flopped a time or two between good and evil. they were on the bad side of things before once again turning more good. Since then we had Retro Puppet Master, I’ve not seen that so who knows what that’s about. There also Puppet Master: The Legacy, that was pretty much a compilation of everything we’ve already seen. So this brings us to 2010’s Puppet Master: Axis of Evil. And while the linage of the story has all but been blurred and erased over the years, this one more or less stays along well with the original, giving us more info on the origin than we ever knew existed.
In a Stateside hotel during the height of World War II, young Danny Coogan dreams of joining the war effort. Following the murder of hotel guest Mr. Toulon by Nazi assassins, Danny finds the old man’s crate of mysterious puppets and is suddenly thrust into a battle all his own. He discovers that Nazis Max and Klaus, along with beautiful Japanese saboteur Ozu, plan to attack a secret American manufacturing plant. After his family is attacked and his girlfriend Beth is kidnapped, it is up to Danny and the living deadly Puppets to stop this Axis of Evil.
This time around, Puppet Master: Axis of Evil, give us some very interesting plot details. Mixing in both old footage from the original film at the beginning along with new film, we actually pick this up right after Toulon kills himself. We see a young man named, Danny that finds the toys and we see more about the two Nazi gentlemen dressed in black that was sent to do-in Toulon originally. Toss in the girlfriend for Danny, that one of the Nazis have been hitting on while being undercover and we got ourselves a far more interesting story than we all could have imagined going into things.
The core puppets are here, Blade, Jester, even Leach Woman. And while they aren’t as mobile during the film as we might wish, they at least get a lot more screen time. Also oddly enough, they once again find themselves playing the role of “good” puppets and helping Danny stop a simple but very evil plot by our Nazis and their Japanese friends. While it’s all good and fun, it still makes me wonder how we get from this point to the where the original film ends up. I imagine there will be another film at some point showing how they got back inside the old location we find them in during the original, but now back to this one.
Jenna Gallaher does a good job as Danny’s girlfriend and the actors aren’t that bad in other roles. I especially think Danny (played by Levi Fiehler) is at least a likeable character and a worthy caretaker for the Puppets, even if the movie ruffles some of the origins of the original film a bit. There’s nothing news worthy about the film, but at least it’s a step-up from the majority of the films that followed the original. I would even say that Puppet Master: Axis of Evil turns out to be a very worthy sequel in the Puppet Master franchise, complimenting the first film far better than most.
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil, is one of the three current Full Moon blu-rays on the market, with the original Puppet Master and Subspecies. Obviously, it being a newer film it looks a lot better in the format than those do, even if some areas are much better than others. Still, I still say it’s a fair entry into the series.
The Rating (6/10)