Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012) Movie Review

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2012 | Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, War
86 minutes /

User Score: 56/100

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Puppet Master X: Axis Rising Review


Danny and Beth must battle the Nazis after they use the puppets' life-giving serum to create a race of immortal soldiers, as well as some N*zi puppets.

Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012) is an American science fiction fantasy horror that is the tenth official entry in the Puppet Master series. It is a direct sequel to Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010) and takes place after Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge (1991). Director, producer and co-writer Charles Band (Blood Dolls (1999), Puppetmaster (1989), The Dungeonmaster (1984), Trancers (1984)) should have stuck to directing instead of being the producer and co-writer of this film. I was in disbelief that it took about an hour for me to see the action scenes which was a dreadful watch. This film fell short in so many ways that I was just shaking my head throughout the movie. Charles Band obviously has experience in the movie industry and just did not put his best foot forward upon filming this movie that I had high expectations for.

I loved that Axis Rising starts where Axis of Evil’s ended. The battle continues the American homefront while World War II is happening. Danny Coogan (Kip Canyon - Badass Showdown (2013), 1313: Bermuda Triangle (2012), Fishers of Men (2013)) and his mystical puppets hinder the American arms plant from blowing up by a group of German and Japanese enemies. Andre Toulon created the mystical puppets and one of his puppets, Tunneler was captured by the Nazi. Danny, his girlfriend, Beth (Jean Louise O’Sullivan - Alien Inhabitant (2011), The Bates Haunting (2012), Alpha House (2014)) and the remaining puppets seek vengeance.

The fight scenes were the worst offense in this film apart from the recast and acting. I found the puppet-on-puppet fights to be cheesy and found myself asking myself what in the world were they thinking, really!!! It took them two years after the previous installment to make Axis Rising and add changes that were not loved by me because it was less sinister. It was not a surprise that Puppet Master X: Axis Rising ends with a half-conclusion which indicates the set up for a sequel - hoping the puppets evil will be again. I gave this movie a three because it was not an entertaining movie that captured my attention. There were so many things wrong with this movie including special effects, lighting, editing, directing, makeup and the I think one major issue was the screenplay.

About Puppet Master X: Axis Rising 2012

Title: Puppet Master X: Axis Rising
Year: 2012
Runtime: 86 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, War
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.75/5 stars from 27 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 27
Starring: Ian Roberts, Jesse Hlubik, Kurt Sinclair, Martin Harris, Waymond Lee, Samantha Holman, Michael Ulmer, Glenn Zhang, Ryan Dillon, Nigel McGuinness, Cory Kipp, Oto Brezina, John Anthony Hackert, Brad Potts, Kenichi Iwabuchi, Danielle Stewart, Mike V. Szuc, Steven Haworth, Kip Canyon, Jean Louise O'Sullivan, Scott King, Stephanie Sanditz, Paul Thomas Arnold, Terumi Shimazu, Max Hermans
Writers: Charles Band, Shane Bitterling
Director: Charles Band