Saturday, November 22, 2014

Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010)

Director: David DeCoteau

Starring: Levi Fiehler, Jenna Gallaher, Taylor M. Graham

Run Time: 1:23

Rant: 6 years have passed since the abortions known as Puppet Master: The Legacy and Puppet Master Vs. Demonic Toys. Who do you turn to when you need another installment? David fucking DeCoteau. And why not? He hasn't directed a Puppet Master since 1999's Retro. Axis of Evil is another period piece.

Just like in the original Puppet Master we begin in 1939 with Andre Toulon putting a gun in his mouth and pulling the trigger. It's literally the exact same footage taken from the 1989 movie, cut around introductions of some new characters. Danny Coogan works at the Bodega Bay Inn making wooden chairs. After Toulon kills himself Danny finds the puppets hidden in the wall. He wants to fight in WWII but can't because he has a fucked up leg. Instead Danny will use the puppets to fight some Nazis hiding in the United States.

The puppets have new designs for this movie. They're pretty similar to the originals but have slight variations. Tunneler looks kind of strange in the face and Pinhead's neck is longer than usual. I think they look pretty good. Compared to the garbage we were given Puppet Master Vs. Demonic Toys I'll take just about anything at this point.

There is a new puppet for this movie. Ninja. He's a fucking ninja that throws throwing stars. It sounds pretty lame but I think he's a nice addition. He's basically all in black with glowing red eyes. They end up killing him off in the movie which is a shame. They could have done some fun stuff with him.

The performances are decent in some parts and horrible in others. Kind of what you'd expect. There's a wonderful scene where Leech Woman vomits a leech onto this guy's plate and he mistakes it for sushi. Fucking gross. This is a decent awful horror movie. It ends on a cliffhanger. An evil Japanese woman steals Jester, Tunneler and Leech Woman, leaving our new Puppet Master with only Blade and Pinhead. There's only one more Puppet Master movie left.

Puppet Checklist:
Leech Woman

Puppet Mater:
Danny Coogan

Kill Count:
Elma Coogan (53:55) Shot off-screen by Nazis.
Don Coogan (56:03) Shot off-screen by Nazis.
Buta (1:05:22) Mistakes a leech for sushi.
Nozoki-ya (1:08:44) Drilled on the top of the head by Tunneler.
Klaus (1:15:15) Hit in the eye with a throwing star by Ninja and smashed in the head by Pinhead.
Max (1:17:17) Stabbed with a sword by Ninja.

Horror Film: 5.5
Entertainment: 7
Gore: 6
Overall Rating: 6.0