2012 | Color | 1 Hr 26 Min | Horror | R | Full Moon
Jean Louise O'Sullivan
Well, I did it I finally watched all 10 Puppet Master Movies to date. Well, except the one that Charles Band does not call a puppet master movie that being Puppet Master vs Dominic Toys that played on the Sci-Fi Channel a few years back. In fact, it is very hard to find a copy and someday if I run across one I will snag it. So how did the last one fair well read on my fellow puppeteers read on?
One of the best up -grades would have to be Tom Devlin's 1313 FX shop wrangling the puppets this time around. I have been a huge fan of Devlin's work ever since that first year of Face Off. The work of his team really paid off giving the puppets a much better look and feel. Danny Draven edited this flick and his person touch helps the pace along as well. The sets are minimal as always but used very well in this movie. I did find it odd that in this movie Danny lives in a 2 story house, but in movie prior (which is set only a day before) he lives in a 1 floor apartment above a Chinese restaurant. The soundtrack is the same old thing so nothing really new. I was disappointed that for the Blu-ray release we would get more out of the back speakers this really was more of a Dolby digital movie in the front with nothing coming from the rear.
As for the Blu-ray, the movie looks fantastic very bright when it needs to be and the dark's are spot on. Very crisp and the puppets finally look great the last time they looked this good was puppet master 3. And believe it or not, this was the first time creator Charles Band directed a Puppet Master movie which is the company's flagship. With all the team players he has behind him the experience for Axis Raising is rather enjoyable. It has me excited about Puppet Master: Axis Termination early next year.
It is also worth mentioning that this is the first full moon film to have brought back the behind the scenes video zone in 10 years. And Band gives you a nice intro about the Video Zones from the VHS glory days. Even tho this one looks good and we get new puppets I have to say that Axis Evil looked better and had a better plot but this is my favorite so far of the trilogies as long as the next one does not bomb.
So after ten movies do I love them or hate them I would have to say I defiantly appreciate them! The middle of the road lost a lot of love for me but if you book end the first 3 with the last 2 and sprinkle in parts 4 and 5 it is not bad and it is fun to watch. I do give Axis Rising a solid...
|3 bloody brains out of 5|
Also, be on the lookout next year for the reboot of the first Puppet Master.