Full Moon was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Cory Kipp, the actor whose towering presence as a German guard made for an unforgettable action sequence in the smash hit Puppet Master X: Axis Rising.
Cory had a love for sports growing up and was a star football player as well as a black-belt in karate. He used his uniquely muscular physicality to transition into acting where he was able to land roles that men of lesser talent and stature could never hope to obtain. Prior to working on Full Moon’s Puppet Master X, Cory was an absolute must-see for movie and video game fans alike as the terrifying Pyramid Head in the Silent Hill maze at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights.
But despite the size of his build, Cory’s friends, family, and colleagues will always remember him much more for the size of his heart. The cast and crew of Puppet Master X enjoyed joking around with him on the days of his big fight scene, and he and co-star Ian Roberts, himself a former professional rugby player whom Cory had followed when he was younger, became fast friends due to their mutual love of sports and acting. When it came time to shoot Cory’s big fight scene against the movie’s heroes, he was an excellent sport and was more than happy to be covered with special effects blood and prosthetic leeches in the name of horror cinema.
We at Full Moon are proud to have featured a rising talent like Cory Kipp in our biggest horror franchise, and he will forever live on in Puppet Master history.
After publishing this article, Puppet Master X: Axis Rising star Scott King, who played the movie’s maniacal villain Moebius, contacted us with these words about Cory Kipp:
“I am shocked and very saddened at the loss of Cory Kipp from the Full Moon family. I only recently met him on PUPPET MASTER X: AXIS RISING (Cory played one of the Gestapo Agents) but he had such an infectious optimism that one could not help being drawn to him. A former pro football player with the Kansas City Chiefs, he had recently immersed himself into acting with classes and small films. He was a strapping 6’5″ with a classic “V” body build, solid muscle. He also had been a teacher in Riverside. Last October he offered to help my family and friend purchase tickets to Universal Studios Halloween Haunt, where he played “Pyramid Head” in the Silent Hill maze. When he saw me, he broke character and gave me a huge hug at the risk of getting in trouble. He was a towering man, with a huge heart. RIP, Cory.”