Decades of Terror: 1930-2018

Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2018 and came up with ranked lists.

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Puppet Master: Axis Termination

Magically sustained puppets join forces with a secret team of Allied Operatives against the Nazis.
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Sadist: 
Torturer
Government: 
Army
Nazi
Wizards: 
Evoker
Abjurer
4
It's magic!
6
3.04
5.04
4
2
4
2
Photography
Effects
Plot
So, let’s get this straight: this is the eleventh installment in a horror franchise about puppets that kill people. It’s their vocation. They could be scary, but they picked the good side and there seems to be no way back to a slasher formula, so it’s them versus the Nazis. The Nazis are looking for the solution to eternal life and the puppets are fighting back to protect it. Sure.
Look out for the Nazi wizard casting abjuration spells to torture a random dude while his Nazi friends play poker. That’s the archvillain. His name is Sturmbahnfurher Steiner Krabke. He’d banish you if you mispronounced his name. He’d banish you for any reason, for that matter. Somehow, his only magic spell is so powerful it even works on puppets. God damnit!
The Axis trilogy is a period piece. Axis Termination is probably the most ambitious of the three movies, but it’s not brilliant. The main problem, here, happened with both previous films; the Nazi element is so dense and heavy that it makes the puppets a mere subplot. The puppets, by the way, look cool but shabby and are poorly rigged and animated. This isn’t puppetry, Charles!
Alternate Titles: 
Puppetmaster XI
Puppet Master XI
Puppetmaster 11
Puppet Master 11
Puppet Master 11: Axis Termination
Puppetmaster 11: Axis Termination
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