"Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich" can't undo all of the emotional damage that the brand has inflicted upon me...Nothing can...But it is a pretty fun B-movie, designed to entertain bad people such as myself.
"The Howling" is a good movie, one of the few examples of horror that I would recommend to even those who don't lurk within the fandom of the genre. Yet I have always felt that it is a bit overrated, believing that its more passionate followers have convinced themselves that the handful of exceptional moments embody the entire film.
"Puppet Master: Axis of Evil" feels like the filmmakers (Band and DeCoteau) are giving a sincere apology to the fans in the form of a superior movie, while preparing a proper burial for the series as a whole...sort of. It's still pretty bad, but it's only bad in a typical 'direct-to-DVD' flick kind of way. The important thing is they tried.
"Demonic Toys" turned out to be surprisingly entertaining, offering all of the over-the-top gore, cheese and weirdness that I wanted out of the more popular "Puppet Master". However, I can already feel it dissipating from my memory and I noticed that the titular demonic toys became increasingly irrelevant as the narrative progresses.