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Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2023

Now I have the complete collection of puppetmaster movies from full moon 🌝 and I am happy 😁

Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2013

Picking up right where Axis of Evil left off, Axis Rising continues the story of the current Puppet Master, Danny Coogan, as he continues his fight against the Nazis on US soil with the help of Blade, Tunneler, Pinhead and the rest of the gang. Like Axis of Evil, Puppet Master X suffers from a lack of general puppet action. The Nazis manage to create a host of evil puppets for our heroes to take on, including an awesome werewolf nazi puppet, but the battles are mostly left for the finale. However, the story and characters are just as entertaining as the last film if not more, as Charles Band directs what is surely the series most “out there’ entry.
Even with limited screen time, the puppets themselves come up technically much better than they did in the last film. While being controlled mostly with rods and wires, they still are able to have a lot of character show through.
The only thing that initially was a real turnoff for me was the casting. Every character that was featured in Axis of Evil, including Danny Coogan, has been recast. I bet it has something to do with the previous film shooting in China and this film shooting in LA, but it is disorienting at first and you have to spend awhile getting to know the same characters all over again. This wasn’t as big of a problem on second viewing, but the new cast isn’t as genuine as the last cast.
For the most part, however, Puppet Master X: Axis Rising is a continuing upswing for Full Moon and the series and it makes me excited for another.

Even with limited screen time, the puppets themselves come up technically much better than they did in the last film. While being controlled mostly with rods and wires, they still are able to have a lot of character show through.

The only thing that initially was a real turnoff for me was the casting. Every character that was featured in Axis of Evil, including Danny Coogan, has been recast. I bet it has something to do with the previous film shooting in China and this film shooting in LA, but it is disorienting at first and you have to spend awhile getting to know the same characters all over again. This wasn’t as big of a problem on second viewing, but the new cast isn’t as genuine as the last cast.

For the most part, however, Puppet Master X: Axis Rising is a continuing upswing for Full Moon and the series and it makes me excited for another.

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Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2012

I was admittedly hesitant to get this especially after Puppet Master IX: Axis of Evil, but being a fan of Puppet Master, I figured why not and decided to give it a whirl.
I can def say that this movie is better than its predecessor as it seems the budget went up…at least in terms of the costuming. The plot picks up where the last movie leaves off, the Japanese agents have captured one of the puppets and turn them over to their Nazi contacts operating in the US. The Nazi commander (Kommandant Moebius) proceeds to have the scientist under his command (Professor Freuhoffer) who is working on a “resurrection machine” begin to reverse engineer the puppet (in this case Tunneler) in the hopes that he may prove useful for the German war machine. Meanwhile our “hero” from the last film, Danny Coogan and his girlfriend Beth are on the hunt for Tunneler and out to stop the Nazi spies here in America before the cause another act of destruction.
The characters are average, Danny is still an emotional somewhat whiny character who is really in some ways forced to “man up” this time around b/c of his gf Beth and the loss of his friend in the last movie. The Nazis are just laughable, we of course have the megalomaniac SS Kommandant (Moebius) the “Ilsa She Wolf of the SS” style Uschi (Moebius’ sexually frustrated mistress/confederate) who uses her wiles on the elderly Prof. Freuhoffer when she can’t get her own way. She also serves as the inspiration for one of the new Axis inspired puppets…the aptly named Bombshell with machine guns in her bosom.
Speaking of the new Axis puppets, of which there are 4: Bombshell, inspired by Freuhoffers love/lust of her. Weremacht, a play on the German word for “Armed Forces” Wehrmacht, is a werewolf puppet. Kamikaze, a japanese puppet with a bundle of TNT strapped to his back, a watch in his chest and a detonator in his hand. And lastly, Blitzkrieg, half tank, half gas mask wearing robot with a machine gun for one arm and a tank’s turret as the other.
Overall the new puppet designs are pretty cool looking i.e. the Axis puppets, unfortunately they never really get a lot of screen time and there is no epic showdown between the two. The Axis puppet with the most time on screen is Bombshell and that is only b/c she is created roughly halfway through the film.
As I said, this film is definitely an improvement over its predecessor though, not by a wide margin. The plot is certainly much more enjoyable, albeit a tad cliche with the Nazis working on some super secret machine that will win the war. The characters are enjoyable…though a tad disturbing with Uschi’s overt advances at the much much older Freuhoffer. But if you enjoy Puppet Master as a series then I say this one is def worth a rental. If you’re a diehard fan of the series, then you can add it to your collection, though I don’t think this will be your favorite installment in the series.
We do however as a final note get to see the return of another one of the puppets though it is only at the end of the film, Six Shooter does come back for the final battle.
However there is one more thing I have to say about this movie and that is they blatantly leave it open for Puppet Master XI…I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing by this point.

I can def say that this movie is better than its predecessor as it seems the budget went up…at least in terms of the costuming. The plot picks up where the last movie leaves off, the Japanese agents have captured one of the puppets and turn them over to their Nazi contacts operating in the US. The Nazi commander (Kommandant Moebius) proceeds to have the scientist under his command (Professor Freuhoffer) who is working on a “resurrection machine” begin to reverse engineer the puppet (in this case Tunneler) in the hopes that he may prove useful for the German war machine. Meanwhile our “hero” from the last film, Danny Coogan and his girlfriend Beth are on the hunt for Tunneler and out to stop the Nazi spies here in America before the cause another act of destruction.

The characters are average, Danny is still an emotional somewhat whiny character who is really in some ways forced to “man up” this time around b/c of his gf Beth and the loss of his friend in the last movie. The Nazis are just laughable, we of course have the megalomaniac SS Kommandant (Moebius) the “Ilsa She Wolf of the SS” style Uschi (Moebius’ sexually frustrated mistress/confederate) who uses her wiles on the elderly Prof. Freuhoffer when she can’t get her own way. She also serves as the inspiration for one of the new Axis inspired puppets…the aptly named Bombshell with machine guns in her bosom.

Speaking of the new Axis puppets, of which there are 4: Bombshell, inspired by Freuhoffers love/lust of her. Weremacht, a play on the German word for “Armed Forces” Wehrmacht, is a werewolf puppet. Kamikaze, a japanese puppet with a bundle of TNT strapped to his back, a watch in his chest and a detonator in his hand. And lastly, Blitzkrieg, half tank, half gas mask wearing robot with a machine gun for one arm and a tank’s turret as the other.

Overall the new puppet designs are pretty cool looking i.e. the Axis puppets, unfortunately they never really get a lot of screen time and there is no epic showdown between the two. The Axis puppet with the most time on screen is Bombshell and that is only b/c she is created roughly halfway through the film.

As I said, this film is definitely an improvement over its predecessor though, not by a wide margin. The plot is certainly much more enjoyable, albeit a tad cliche with the Nazis working on some super secret machine that will win the war. The characters are enjoyable…though a tad disturbing with Uschi’s overt advances at the much much older Freuhoffer. But if you enjoy Puppet Master as a series then I say this one is def worth a rental. If you’re a diehard fan of the series, then you can add it to your collection, though I don’t think this will be your favorite installment in the series.

We do however as a final note get to see the return of another one of the puppets though it is only at the end of the film, Six Shooter does come back for the final battle.

However there is one more thing I have to say about this movie and that is they blatantly leave it open for Puppet Master XI…I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing by this point.

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Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2022

This the tenth movie and conclusion to axes of evil, still the classic puppet master, these little guys rule

Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2012

If you are already a fan of the Puppet Master series, you know that these movies are pretty hit or miss. They can be really great (like the first and third ones in the series) or pretty rotten (like Puppet Master Vs. Demonic Toys). The tenth installment sits pretty firmly in the middle of the pack, which isn’t terrible for any movie that is a tenth film in a series.
I really enjoyed the addition of the new set of villain puppets, especially Bombshell. I wish we could have seen more of them and learned what they were all capable of doing. One of the puppets named Weremacht looks cool, but it is never fully revealed what his special “power” is other than looking like a werewolf. I especially enjoyed seeing the puppets we are already familiar with engaging in combat with the new villain puppets. Leech Woman and Bombshell getting into a cat fight was quite humorous.
As one would expect with a movie in the Puppet Master series, the best parts of the movies involved the puppets. Unfortunately they are probably only in a third of the movie (at least it felt that way watching it). When you did see them on camera, the puppets seemed to be mostly just observing the humans as they interacted with each other. They got into the action very infrequently, which hurt the movie.
The movie seemed to be trying to overly rely on the actors to deliver engaging performances that would distract you from the minimal puppet action. However, most of the actors and actresses were not impressive even by B-movie standards. The only performer that made any memorable impact was Stephanie Sanditz. She seemed to be enjoying herself on camera and embracing the innate campiness of being in a movie about killer puppets.
The movie’s ending left open the possibility of an eleventh installment. I’m sure that I will want to buy that one too since I’m addicted to this silly little horror series. However, I hope to see the puppets on camera a lot more next time around. After all, they’re the reason we watch these movies, not the human actors. I would also love to see this series take itself a little less seriously in the future. The Nazi storyline is pretty much played out at this point. I want to see how the puppets would interact with the 2013 world. I think Blade, Jester, Leech Woman, Pinhead, Tunneler, Six Shooter, Bombshell, and all the others deserve to live outside the WWII era for a while.

I really enjoyed the addition of the new set of villain puppets, especially Bombshell. I wish we could have seen more of them and learned what they were all capable of doing. One of the puppets named Weremacht looks cool, but it is never fully revealed what his special “power” is other than looking like a werewolf. I especially enjoyed seeing the puppets we are already familiar with engaging in combat with the new villain puppets. Leech Woman and Bombshell getting into a cat fight was quite humorous.

As one would expect with a movie in the Puppet Master series, the best parts of the movies involved the puppets. Unfortunately they are probably only in a third of the movie (at least it felt that way watching it). When you did see them on camera, the puppets seemed to be mostly just observing the humans as they interacted with each other. They got into the action very infrequently, which hurt the movie.

The movie seemed to be trying to overly rely on the actors to deliver engaging performances that would distract you from the minimal puppet action. However, most of the actors and actresses were not impressive even by B-movie standards. The only performer that made any memorable impact was Stephanie Sanditz. She seemed to be enjoying herself on camera and embracing the innate campiness of being in a movie about killer puppets.

The movie’s ending left open the possibility of an eleventh installment. I’m sure that I will want to buy that one too since I’m addicted to this silly little horror series. However, I hope to see the puppets on camera a lot more next time around. After all, they’re the reason we watch these movies, not the human actors. I would also love to see this series take itself a little less seriously in the future. The Nazi storyline is pretty much played out at this point. I want to see how the puppets would interact with the 2013 world. I think Blade, Jester, Leech Woman, Pinhead, Tunneler, Six Shooter, Bombshell, and all the others deserve to live outside the WWII era for a while.

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Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2012

i thought this was a good movie you got to see puppet masters axis which is puppet masters nine this is the sequel to it you see in puppet masters axis the man with the bad leg that wants to be a solger finds tolongs puppets in old building and the germans want the secret of the puppets magic but he keeps them hid from them and his mother and brother ends up getting killed by the germans so he gets the puppets to help him get the one responsible for the crime but at the end one of the puppets get stolen away so please dont down this movie untill you see axis this is a good movie in view

Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2021

Excellent A+++

Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2014

Lets be honest, the franchise’s best days are behind it. The glory days of iconic Blade and Pinhead are long past. Recent additions to the series are shadows of what made the series great and this newest entry sheds further light on a series that should be left to fade to time.
That said, PM films are a guilty pleasure of mine. So, I gave this one a shot, since it was a sequel to the prior ‘axis’ PM film. Unfortunately, this one suffers from the same issues the first one did: Very limited puppet screen time, 1 dimensional characters with limited development, plot holes that remind me of sinkholes you sees in the news lately… It is the pinnacle of a low budget horror film riding the coattails of a once enjoyed franchise name.
Rent it, if you know puppet master. If not, ignore and catch on Netflix or something for free.

That said, PM films are a guilty pleasure of mine. So, I gave this one a shot, since it was a sequel to the prior ‘axis’ PM film. Unfortunately, this one suffers from the same issues the first one did: Very limited puppet screen time, 1 dimensional characters with limited development, plot holes that remind me of sinkholes you sees in the news lately… It is the pinnacle of a low budget horror film riding the coattails of a once enjoyed franchise name.

Rent it, if you know puppet master. If not, ignore and catch on Netflix or something for free.

Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2021

another cool classic fullmoon classic reboot

Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2020

good movie just like puppet master 2 and 3

Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2016

Following on the heels of the previous movie in the Puppet Master series, Axis Rising more or less beats to death every cliché you can think of involving a Nazi plot to thwart America’s involvement in WWII. The two hapless heroes from the previous movie, Danny & Beth, have no time to enjoy their brief victory as a new plot is afoot. They must rescue Tunneler from the Nazi scourge actively seeking to create an unstoppable army of reactivated dead soldiers.
The characters are few. The locations consist of a few rooms. The characters move from a room in one place to a room in another place where they park themselves for awhile and yap about the problems at hand. Except for a few stagey action sequences, the story is fairly static. The puppets are mere decorations at this point, relegated to the background. In spite of the advance technology in special effects, this bunch relies are rod-operated puppets with limited movement. The puppets are now just extra special guest stars in their own series. How ignominious.
This doomed project aches from its low-low budget look, its stale script, the nobody-actors playing horrible stereotypes………it’s highly unimaginative and so cornball corny. If they were trying to make a spoof of films of that era, they completely missed the point.

The characters are few. The locations consist of a few rooms. The characters move from a room in one place to a room in another place where they park themselves for awhile and yap about the problems at hand. Except for a few stagey action sequences, the story is fairly static. The puppets are mere decorations at this point, relegated to the background. In spite of the advance technology in special effects, this bunch relies are rod-operated puppets with limited movement. The puppets are now just extra special guest stars in their own series. How ignominious.

This doomed project aches from its low-low budget look, its stale script, the nobody-actors playing horrible stereotypes………it’s highly unimaginative and so cornball corny. If they were trying to make a spoof of films of that era, they completely missed the point.

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Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2014

Honestly, this is the worst of the Puppet Master films, which have been in a downward spiral from the sixth movie on (though I did enjoy Retro Puppet Master, and Puppet Master: Axis of Evil was pretty decent). As a fan of the series who owns all ten movies, not include Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys, I found this to be an extremely disappointing entry.
It has comedic value (which, is the only reason it got two stars), but really can’t be taken seriously. The acting is atrocious, the story line, like the rest of the series, is not at all consistent with any of the other movies, and the cliff hanger ending only means that we’ll be waiting for yet another sequel that will undoubtedly veer into a completely different direction anyway, leaving this ending an eternal hanger. Such is the plight of Puppet Master enthusiasts. I’m still waiting for resolutions to the endings of Puppet Master 2, 7, and 8 (Puppet Master 6 isn’t even worth the time).
If you are collecting the whole series, then, obviously, this is needed to complete the set; otherwise, watch it for a laugh. There isn’t much reason to buy it.

It has comedic value (which, is the only reason it got two stars), but really can’t be taken seriously. The acting is atrocious, the story line, like the rest of the series, is not at all consistent with any of the other movies, and the cliff hanger ending only means that we’ll be waiting for yet another sequel that will undoubtedly veer into a completely different direction anyway, leaving this ending an eternal hanger. Such is the plight of Puppet Master enthusiasts. I’m still waiting for resolutions to the endings of Puppet Master 2, 7, and 8 (Puppet Master 6 isn’t even worth the time).

If you are collecting the whole series, then, obviously, this is needed to complete the set; otherwise, watch it for a laugh. There isn’t much reason to buy it.

Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2013

not what i expected all the puppet master movies i like but didn’t see retro puppets watch to day one bad thing was it looks like there is going to be another one but great ending all mostly come together except for 4 and five with the kid and the puppets are good guys

Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2014

I bought this because i already had all the other full moon puppet master movies i just figured i’d get this one. I had already watched the first half & i was curious about how it would end.

Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2012

Easily the best entry in the Puppet Master franchise since part 5. The puppet effects are really good and a handful of new puppets are introduced as well. I highly recommend this film to any Full Moon fan, it’s definitely worth the watch!

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