Blade: The Iron Cross (2020) reviews and overview

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Blade: The Iron Cross is a 2019 American horror feature film directed by John Lechago (Feast of Fear; Killjoy’s Psycho CircusKilljoy Goes to HellBio•Slime) from a screenplay written by Roger Barron (Puppet Master: Axis Termination). The movie stars Tania Fox, Roy Abramsohn, Griffin Blazi, Jarrell Hall and Bobby Ree; produced by Charles Band and Nakai Nelson.

Plot:

An unspeakable evil from Blade’s past emerges in the form of a murderous Nazi scientist named Doctor Hauser. As Hauser’s heinous crimes are discovered, the psychic war journalist, Elisa Ivanov, awakens Blade, and together the bloody journey of revenge begins. It’s Herr Hauser’s reanimated undead army versus a possessed doll and a beautiful vengeance-seeking clairvoyant! Who will win, and how will it affect the Full Moon Universe?

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Some fans who followed along for a while but then drifted away because of the drop in production value may be drawn to this one simply because Blade is at the center of it. Those fans should proceed with caution because this isn’t like getting a Blade movie in the early years of the franchise, this is getting an Axis addendum with only one puppet in it.” Arrow in the Head

Blade: The Iron Cross is definitely emblematic of the lower tier of the Puppet Master franchise. It may not be the absolute worst in the series and it’s technically a little less insulting than Puppet Master: The Legacy, but this feels like the death rattle of a corpse that’s been brought back to life with some half-baked resurrection potion.” Bloody Disgusting

“Giving the film one star for Tania Fox and a half star for the very minor Blade shenanigans as the little guy doesn’t get to cut loose until the final twenty minutes leaving us with Nazis, goons, and a not-so hard-boiled detective to fill the time instead… and ain’t none of them worth it.” Fake Rob Hunter

“It drags a bit in the first act, taking a little long to establish the set-up. It also bears the production quality that viewers likely expect from a Full Moon production. Ultimately, a fan of Full Moon’s brand of low-budget horror is destined to enjoy this film more than the general viewer. Blade: The Iron Cross is a fun time.” Horror Geek Life

“My only major complaint of the film lies with the strange underuse of Blade himself. There were many times throughout the film that I forgot this was a story surrounding him. Because I was already engrossed by the story and characters, this didn’t always bother me, but for die-hard fans of the series, I can see this being a major problem.” Killer Horror Critic

“Blade is barely in his own movie. And a lot of the time he’s not doing much. I’m sure part of that has to do with budget constraints, but that’s really no excuse. If I was a hardcore Puppet Master fan I’d be feeling very cheated. When Blade does get to kill the scenes are well done, there’s just not nearly enough of them.” Voices from the Balcony

“This is the most fluid camera work I’ve seen in a Full Moon movie since Castle Freak. And it’s not just the camera movement, either. Lighting plays a big role, too. There are a lot of period genre pastiches going on here, and they’re all lit very appropriately, from the snappy reporter stuff to the heavily shadowed noir elements and the seedy bad guy hideout.” Wicked Horror

Release:

Blade: The Iron Cross has been released on Full Moon Features channel in June 2020.

Cast and characters:

• Tania Fox … Elisa
• Vincent Cusimano … Detective Lieutenant Jonas (Joe) Gray
• Griffin Blazi … Barney
• Roy Abramsohn … Ingenieur Erich Hauser
• Bobby Reed … Prok
• Angelica Briones … Gloria
• Todd Gajdusek … District Attorney James D. Madison
• Nihilist Gelo … Hank Maxwell
• Noel Jason Scott … Big Cop
• Lee Sargent … Cop George Hallehan
• Cyrus Hobbi … Klein
• J. Eamon Roche … Lang
• Mark Law … Bald Goon
• Marqus Bobesich … Greasy Goon
• Derek Petropolis … Muller
• Robert Zachar … Victim / Zombie
• Jarrell Hall … Victim
• Jessica Blue … Female Victim / Zombie
• Alan Maxson … Blade / Zombie
• Robert Langer … Newspaper Staff
• Nakai Nelson … Newspaper Staff
• Courtney Potter … Newspaper Staff
• Alexa Potter … Newspaper Staff
• Dustin Ferguson … Newspaper Staff

Filming locations:

1350 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles, California

Technical details:

• Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1
• High definition

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