Puzzling about Charles Band's apparent lack of film elements. Being a pioneer of the home video industry, you'd think he had the foresight to save everything. Could it be for things like FAIRY TALES, he just doesn’t want to invest the $$ on a new telecine? Would assume he has prints for that one, at least.
Full Moon Horror Press Release
October 5, 2011, Los Angeles, CA -- Charles Band, the legendary and prolific producer/director of over 300 horror, sci-fi and fantasy features (“Puppet Master” “Ghoulies” and “Subspecies” franchises), and founder of Full Moon Pictures, announces the launch of a new interactive entertainment site, www.FullMoonHorror.com, dedicated to all things horror, sci-fi and fantasy. The site, which will feature a mix of new and previously released movies, film clips, music, contests, merchandise and more, will launch online, Friday, October 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. PT/10:00 p.m. ET. A kick-off party takes place the same date from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Melt Down Comics, 7518 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
“Halloween is just around the corner,” says Band. “At FullMoonHorror.com, Halloween is going to be every day. The Internet and the new media revolution has shown that online is where the audience wants to get their entertainment. As a result, we’re building FullMoonHorror.com as an online ‘hangout’ where users from around the globe can get the Full Moon experience firsthand. The site will have exciting things happening all the time — a free, full length feature movie each week, interviews with celebrities, live video feeds, behind-the-scenes bits and never-before-seen film clips — to industry news, chat rooms, raffles, contests showcasing fan videos and much more.”
FullMoonHorror.com, a relaunch and redesign of FullMoonDirect.com, debuts as an all-inclusive entertainment venue where fans and new users can visit 24/7 for horror, sci-fi and fantasy content.
New programming on the site will showcase Full Moon star power with regular features such as “Conversations with Charles Band” and weekly series featuring Directors Stuart Gordon (“Re-animator,” “From Beyond”) and Ted Nicolaou (“Subspecies”). A behind-the-scenes series and look at some Full Moon stars such as William Shatner, Viggo Mortensen (“Prison”), Helen Hunt (“Trancers” films), Demi Moore (“Parasite”), is also in the works. Amy Paffrath, host of “Jersey Shore After Hours” on MTV, hosts “Sexy Stars,” which features interviews with sultry, attractive and talented up and coming actors and actresses.
The studio’s recent full length features, “Gingerdead Man 3” and “Evil Bong 3: The Wrath of Bong”, will be featured on the site and their latest film “Killer Eye Halloween Haunt,” is slated to debut at FullMoonHorror.com.
Other films include Full Moon’s “Grind House” series, with titles such as: “Savage Island,” “White Slave,” “Best of Sex and Violence,” “Zombiethon” and “Film Gore.” These films, featuring such talents and celebrity commentators such as John Carradine and the Carradine brothers, Elvira, Sybil Danning, Linda Blair and many others, were produced in the late 70s to mid-80s and have been rarely available on video.
Since the late 70s and early 80s, Charles Band, son of the late producer/director Albert Band (“Dracula’s Dog,” “Troll” and “TerrorVision”), has been known for producing and directing low-budget, direct-to-video horror, sci-fi and fantasy films making him a cult film icon. In addition to films, Full Moon is home to a successful merchandise line of toys and other memorabilia. For the past five years, “Full Moon Horror Road Show,” a stage extravaganza, featuring a mix of film clips, music, auctions, comedy and outrageous costumes, has traveled the country to over 100 cities to rave reviews.
About Full Moon Features
In 1989, Charles Band founded Full Moon Productions. A pioneer in the field of home video, Band soon teamed with Paramount Pictures and Pioneer Home Entertainment for direct-to-video releases on VHS and Laserdisc. With upwards of twenty releases per year, Band has built a reputation as a prolific and frequent director of entertaining low-budget genre films. Band has produced almost 300 features variously delving into the realms of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. “The Puppetmaster Series” may be his most celebrated and popular franchise. The latest installment, “Puppet Master: Axis of Evil,” is the 9th film of the most successful direct to video horror franchise of all time. Full Moon has created many other well know franchises such as the “Trancers” series starring Helen Hunt and Tim Thomerson, the “Subspecies” series shot on location in Transylvania Romania as well as “Dollman,” “Demonic Toys,” “Killjoy” and “The Gingerdeadman” (starring Gary Busey as a killer cookie!). Full Moon titles are available at all major video retailer outlets, Blockbuster, and iTunes. Warner Digital distributes Full Moon films for North America on Pay Per View and Video on Demand, including Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T U-Verse. In addition to all the feature film work Full Moon is also very active in creating and marketing a wide variety of merchandise including original action figures, resin statues and 1:1 scale replicas of its better-known puppets and dolls.
I dunno - there is that story that the original negative of CASTLE FREAK was found in a bin by a Full Moon employee, who then took it out in order to save it for prosperity. So maybe Band hasn't given his legacy much thought (in fact, I'm pretty sure he hasn't). I'm actually glad that MGM own much of the Empire catalogue so that you know that the original negatives must be safe somewhere, even if MGM don't always utilise them (as was the case with THE CALLER earlier this year). My main concern is where the original negative for the first TRANCERS is. Charlie claims to own the rights to the franchise as a whole but has only ever released a Full Moon DVD taken from laserdisc, and in the meantime MGM has digitally remastered the likes of DOLLS, FROM BEYOND, CRAWLSPACE, ZONE TROOPERS, TERRORVISION, etc. Yet there has been no sign of a nice new TRANCERS print for cable or MOD.
Could it be that it has been lost to the elements? I hope not.
This is a D-Notice situation.
Last edited by Chris Koenig; 10-07-2011 at 05:41 PM.
Plus, there was one time in which Band released "Parasite" on his own Full Moon DVD banner, most likely using that same old pan-scan master from the 80s. And then, after that, it was released by Anchor Bay in it's original aspect ratio, as well as revealing that Studio-Canal owned the film as part of the Embassy Pictures line. So maybe Band has found some sort of loop-hole in the rights for the Empire titles that he is putting out.
This is a D-Notice situation.
Chris & Dave, would guess it's a combination of the two: not having access to elements, and not wanting to pour money into remastering...... but yea, am leaning more towards the latter! Especially now after reading that TOURIST TRAP tale.
Hopefully the new INTRUDER disc is a sign of things to come, with Chas willing to license out to those willing to put the care into releases that these films deserve.
Spot checked a few of the Band productions available to watch instantly on Netflix last week......all fullframe, with TRANCERS looking especially soft.
Just a reminder, these should be available at Full Moon Horror come 9:00 PM Eastern tonite.
A sneak preview of the site is already up, and there's supposed to be streaming video of tonight's launch party. (Newly added guests: Tommy Chong & Gary Busey!)
Well, he's got at least some of his stuff on film... I was at one of his recent Roadshow events, where they were meant to show Puppet Master 2 on film for the first time ever... They accidentally brought Puppet Master 1 instead, and the guy (Band didn't make it himself) talked about having to look through a room full of film cases by way of explanation for the mix-up.
"I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now. I can't go to the bar because I've already looked back on it in my memory... and I didn't have a good time."
Fullmoonhorror went live 5 minutes ago....noticed the first postings from Ted Nicolaou & Stuart Gordon.....also TOURIST TRAP free to view in its entirety:
Last edited by Matthew David; 10-22-2011 at 01:58 AM.