SLASHER MONTH: Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010)

This isn’t a sequel but an entirely new reality for the puppets, with Danny Coogan (Levi Fiehler) as the new Puppet Master after the death of André Toulon (William Hickey in footage from other films in the series). Directed by David DeCoteau and written by Charles Band and August White, this movie has Danny and his girlfriend Beth (Jenna Gallaher) battling Nazi saboteurs in America with the help of Blade, Pinhead, Leech Woman, Jester, Tunneler, Six-Shooter, Shredder Khan, Gengie and a new puppet named Ninja.

Their main enemy is a Japanese spy named Ozu (Ada Chao) and this leads into an entire trilogy of World War II movies. She was originally intended to be Fu Manchu, but DeCoteau wanted her to be a dragon lady. This was shot in China, along with Killjoy 3, in one of those deals where Full Moon must have gotten some kind of kickback.

I’ve had the same problem since I was a kid watching Japanese monster movies. I don’t care about the humans. For these movies, I come to watch puppets kill people. There’s no part of me that wants to watch people being people. I want to watch Blade cut their throats. I am a very simple man and come to Puppet Master movies for puppet on human violence.

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