By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Puppet Master: Axis Termination, the 11th film in the series, is coming! It will premiere on Full Moon’s Amazon channel (U.S., U.K and Germany) first as a three part series, and be offered next month as a full length film. No date has been set for video release, but anyone with a subscription to either streaming networks will get to see “War Toys” on September 15th, with the as yet titled episodes on the 22nd and 29th within the same month.
Although many years have passed since the last film, hopefully Full Moon will offer a trilogy set filled with extra goodies when the this latest movie hits shelves. I will be one willing to buy these movies again if this is producer Charles Band’s plan. If I can be patient this long (five years), I can keep on going for an ultimate video release package. But before this can happen, the feature-length cut will appear on the El Rey Network in October, in time for Halloween, and see the allied forces do justice.
In where the last film left off, a huge melee happened where Danny and Beth did not emerge unscathed. Though the Nazi puppets seem beaten and the lab from whence they came was destroyed, the villain Freuhoffer may well hold the key to defeating Blade and gang once and for all. He holds a vial of the re-animation potion. Just where act one begins will most likely be with him using the formula to create more ushabtis.
Unlike what the Ancient Egyptians used them for, as servants for the dead, just what the Gestapo wants to do with these tiny figures will be far worse. I have been an avid follower of the Puppet Master series because of this link. While Sutekh knows how this magic is created and he is a key figure throughout the series to explain how puppets can come to life, just when he will return has never been considered and I am hoping some kind of cameo will make my day. He made an appearance in the comic book continuation, but to see him appear in the Axis films is required, in my opinion. The Nazis have taken a huge interest in the occult to broaden their power and they did dig around Egypt hoping to unearth paranormal treasures. And as the Axis trilogy films have shown, they will stop at nothing to acquire the magic.
Blade, Pinhead, Tunneler, Jester, Six Shooter and Leech Woman will join forces with a secret team of psychics to take on this threat that will decide the future of the free world. With this series, we need no Indiana Jones.