If you’re of a certain age and you grew up during the VHS era, then you no doubt have fond memories of the movies that came out of Full Moon Entertainment. I know I loved them all! From the SUBSPECIES series, to Tim Thomerson kicking ass as both DOLLMAN and Jack Deth in the TRANCERS movies, to Stuart Gordon’s CASTLE FREAK or THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, there was never a shortage of ambitious, weird, and fantastical cinema waiting for me on the horror video store shelf, courtesy of the fine fiends at Full Moon.
Hell, they were the first company to show off behind-the-scenes (and what we would consider “special features” these days) with their “Video Zone” magazines, which would run at the end of the tape after the movie. And of course, this was the studio that brought us the PUPPET MASTER series.
Now, coming this Halloween season, (and up for pre-order via Amazon for a release date of October 28th) is this epic tome on all things Full Moon. IT CAME FROM THE VIDEO AISLE! INSIDE CHARLES BAND’S FULL MOON ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS is a fully authorized book about the history of the most ambitious B-movie studio of the 1990s and beyond. It features interviews with over 60 directors, producers, actors, and crew from the golden age of home video entertainment, as well as over 400 behind-the-scenes photos, posters, and pieces of artwork, many never before published.
The full press release is below!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Charles Band’s Full Moon Entertainment was the most remarkable B-movie studio of the 1990s, responsible for a barrage of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror classics during the last true “golden age” of the home video era. From Puppetmaster to Trancers and beyond, Full Moon transformed the VHS experience for fans worldwide, bringing the inner workings of the movie-making process into the living room, and in turn creating a ravenous fanbase that remains to this day. This book tracks the history of the company, from its late ’80s birth among the ruins of the American drive-in through to its bid to survive in the modern digital world. Featuring rare artwork, behind-the-scenes photos, and over 60 exclusive interviews with the cast and crew who helped to create the legendary B-movie studio, this is an essential read for any cult film fan still lamenting the death of the “mom ‘n pop” video store.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Dave Jay is a London-based writer. He is the principal author of Empire of the ‘B’s (published by Hemlock Books) and has contributed towards cult film magazines such as Fangoria, Gorezone, Delirium, and Horrorhound. He also works as a music writer/producer, having had music featured in film and television, including Driven, The Last Castle, and the soundtrack album for Austin Powers in Goldmember. William S. Wilson resides in Williamsburg, Virginia, and has written articles for genre magazines Fangoria and Deep Red. He has also contributed to a number of film guides including Horror 101, Hidden Horror, BFI’s 100 European Horror Films and the 101 film book series edited by Steven Jay Schneider (Paranormal Activity). Torsten Dewi lives in Baden-Baden, Germany and has been a professional writer for the last twenty years. Alongside his co-writing credit for Empire of the ‘B’s, he has written numerous successful novels, genre screenplays for the international market (Lost City Raiders, Post Impact, and Sumuru), and hundreds of articles for a broad selection of magazines including Playboy and TV Zone. His non-fiction work includes a guide to the Babylon 5 universe, a Dune photobook and three annual guides to science fiction on TV.
FEATURED INTERVIEWS INCLUDE:
Charles Band, Richard Band, Jackson Barr, Adolfo Bartoli, J.R. Bookwalter, Jeff Burr, William Butler, J.S. Cardone, Benjamin Carr, Peter David, Sonny Carl Davis, Mike Deak, Danny Draven, Richard Elfman, Jack Ersgard, Ernest Farino, Jeff Farley, Brent Friedman, Stuart Gordon, Trent Haaga, Kenneth J. Hall, Linda Hassani, Sam Irvin, Mel Johnson, Jr., Rolf Kanefsky, John Lechago, Jacqueline Lovell, Lee MacLeod, Peter Manoogian, Mark Manos, Ed Naha, Ted Nicolaou, Dennis Paoli, Dave Parker, Vlad Paunescu, Albert Pyun, Mark Rappaport, Fred Olen Ray, Ethan Reiff, Duncan Rouleau, David Schmoeller, Gary Schmoeller, Pat Siciliano, Venesa Talor, Tim Thomerson, Cyrus Voris, and Graeme Whifler.
978-0-7643-5410-6 / Size: 6″ x 9″
Illustrations: 430 color images / Pages: 480 / Binding: soft cover