Charles Band and the folks at Full Moon Entertainment have graced us with some artwork for their upcoming PUPPETMASTER: AXIS TERMINATION, which will conclude the Axis trilogy taking place in the World War Two era. The series started back in 1989, and the following decades have seen eight, nine or ten sequels, depending. (If you’re wondering how that can happen, PUPPETMASTER: THE LEGACY, released in 2003, is comprised almost exclusively of footage from the previous films, thus it might not comprise a true sequel, and 2004’s PUPPETMASTER VS. DEMONIC TOYS is considered non-canonical by fans and the studio alike.)
Throughout their history, the wildly popular living marionettes have been depicted as both villains and heroes. They are dedicated to their puppetmaster, whomever that happens to be at the moment (they’ve had several), thus their goodness or evilness is dependent on the morality and motivations of the human in control. In this latest series they’re fighting the Nazis; anybody fighting Nazis will always be the good guy. I mean, they’re the Nazis. They make any villain look not so villainous. But the Nazis have their own evil Nazi puppets, naturally, so we can expect a continuance of puppet-on-puppet violence. Which, let’s face it, is why we all follow these films, amIright?