Full Moon helmed by Charles Band has been entertaining horror fans for almost forty years. The secret formula is surprisingly simple, blood, beautiful women, ridiculous stories with a few dashes of boobs, perversion and camp. The Bandiverse has multiple franchises, other studios have spent millions trying to create profitable franchises. FMEU has Puppet Master, Dollman, Trancers, Subspecies, Evil Bong, Killjoy, Demonic Toys, and Gingerdead. Not to mention the other divisions like Moonbeam and Torchlight.
The eleventh Puppet Master movie proves kill’in Nazis never gets old. The Nazis are losing WW2 and are desperate to afflict loses on the Americans. Their master plans are quickly coming to fruition. Annihilation by Death-Ray or reanimated monsters. Which one will be completed first and can anyone stop it, much less survive the madness?
Full Moon not only perfected the straight to video home market. But they were able to maximize the VHS and later DVD format. With previews of their upcoming films in development and special features, like Full Moon Video Zone, making of and ways to purchase merchandise way before the internet made getting your favorite movie swag so common .
The casting of a Full Moon movie normally gets a handful of familiar faces along with up and coming new talent. Blade Iron Cross has actors that have been around but no one except their agent and mother would recognize them. The stand out is Tania Fox. Following a long history of woman too beautiful to be in a low budget Charles Band movie. Something about beautiful people make a movie easier to watch. Ms. Fox is a big reason this film is so entertaining.
For Boomers watching one of these movies, takes us back to late night sleepovers, watching a tape our parents wouldn’t approve of, on a massive sugar high and on a 4:3 ratio backbreaker TV. For Millennials, Z’s and whatever the next too-easy-to-offend generation is, you’re going to be triggered, offended, traumatized, with the safe space being the stop button. But you’re gonna love it!