Puppet Master: Axis Rising

Sarge: "Look...as a trained professional, I've learned to trust my life to the men around me...but my trust only goes so far...and the cutoff point is kids and...toys!"
Danny: "Sorry to inform you, Sarge, but we're all you've got."
Sarge: "Oh, for crying out loud."

release year: 2012
genre: horror
viewing setting: home DVD, 9/28/14

synopsis: In World War II California, a young kid inherits the puppets and uses them against German and Japanese spies.

impressions: This was a direct sequel to Puppet Master: Axis Of Evil and I'd imagine the two were actually filmed at the same time. While often silly, this at least had a linear plot and some attempts at characterization, and a lot of early-1940s period costumes and scenery. Or course, we got to see good and evil puppets fighting one another, which is always a bonus. New evil puppets this time: Bombshell, Weremacht, Blitzkrieg, Kamikaze. There was also a brief nod to some other movie monsters such as the evil Zuni doll from 1975's Trilogy of Terror.

body count: 10

acting: Everyone actually did a really good job - they all acted like they were back in the early 1940s. The main hero guy kind of looked like the skinny Chris Evans from Captain America.

final word: One of the most coherent movies in this series, for what that's worth.

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