Six years after their last outing, the Puppets are back in their newest adventure! After a retelling of the opening events from the original film, PUPPET MASTER: AXIS OF EVIL picks up immediately following Andre Toulon's suicide in 1939, following a young craftsman who finds Toulon's puppets and uses them to stop a Nazi ploy to destroy an American weapons facility. Full Moon favorite David DeCoteau resumes the reins after being absent from the series since CURSE OF THE PUPPET MASTER, bringing with him a familiar look and feel that is consistent with the earlier films. AXIS brings back Jester, Blade, Leech Woman, Pinhead, and Tunneler, whose designs each come very close to the first models. The puppetry itself, however, hardly matches up with the impressive work done earlier in the series. Full Moon features are not always groundbreaking cinematic achievements, but for the most part they are largely entertaining. Unfortunately, all of the fun and ridiculous murders have been stripped away from this entry, as the film takes itself far too seriously to be enjoyed. Much of the run time is squandered on poor acting, one-dimensional characters, and bland filler material with very little action. This is not the PUPPET MASTER revival that many fans have been waiting for, but rather one of the weaker sequels in the series.
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