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Full Moon Founder Charles Band’s Memoir Releases November 16th

Posted by Jans Holstrom on June 24, 2021 Full Moon Features Logo

Do you know Charlie Band? Well, the absolutely insane founder of Full Moon Studios of course! That Charlie Band? If you’ve enjoyed a so-bad-it’s-good horror film in the last 40 years or so, I can almost guarantee it’s a Full Moon feature or Troma. Through 40 years of ups and ups (Charles Band never has a down), Full Moon has produced some of the most enduring schlock classics of our age. In November, Full Moon founder Charles Band will release his memoir Confessions of a Puppet Master: A Hollywood Memoir of Ghouls, Guts, and Gonzo Filmmaking. We have a little peek right here:

A natural raconteur, Band shares astonishing stories of his misadventures, his personal life, and his encounters with both the great and the notorious:

  • His first babysitter was Marilyn Monroe
  • At 15, Band opened nightclubs in Rome
  • His crew illegally built and then abandoned a giant “old woman who lived in a shoe” set in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park
  • A disgruntled creditor (read: loan shark) firebombed his Hollywood Hills home
  • He bought Liberace’s house, but only stayed in it one night
  • An eye for talent: In addition to Demi Moore (Parasite) and Helen Hunt (Trancers), other Hollywood newbies Band gave early breaks are Kelly Preston and Richard Moll (Metalstorm), Mariska Hargitay (Ghoulies), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Troll), Viggo Mortensen (Prison) and Bill Maher (Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death)
  • A seventy-something Stan Lee jumped on Band’s young son’s bed to endear himself to the shy boy
  • He shares behind-the-scenes secrets from some of his biggest hits, including Head of the Family with its 3-foot long, slimy latex tongue performing unspeakable acts, Re-Animator whose unwatchable dailies were edited into a film even Pauline Kael loved, how Ghoulies was saved by a toilet, and Troll, with its magical child character presciently named … Harry Potter, Jr.
  • He had a memorable, if nebulous, business meeting with Michael Jackson at the height of the superstar’s fame
  • Gary Busey (The Gingerdead Man) and Klaus Kinski (Crawlspace)—infamous for their “difficult” personalities—wreaked havoc on his sets
  • He was arrested at a Florida fan convention and spent a scary weekend in jail

Still going strong and ever adapting with his usual savvy to the world of streaming, Charles Band continues to splatter blood, reanimate corpses, and titillate the teenager in all of us. A candid and engaging glimpse into the Hollywood’s zany underbelly, CONFESSIONS OF A PUPPETMASTER is as entertaining as the movies that made this consummate “schlockmeister” famous.

That’s…a lot. Charles Band is a true wild man and I’m excited to check out his memoirs. He lives a huge life and it looks as though he’s just going to keep going! When it comes to Full Moon, I’ve always been a big fan of Puppet Master. Those movies are great. The memoir will retail for $27.99.

Are you going to read Charles Band’s memoir? Join the conversation in the comments. We’re on Instagram and Twitter @DreadCentral. We’re also on Facebook. I’m Jans. I write news. You can come tell me your favorite Full Moon film on Twitter @Horrorplayed.

Full Moon Founder Charles Band’s Memoir Releases November 16th

Posted by Jans Holstrom on June 24, 2021 Full Moon Features Logo

Do you know Charlie Band? Well, the absolutely insane founder of Full Moon Studios of course! That Charlie Band? If you’ve enjoyed a so-bad-it’s-good horror film in the last 40 years or so, I can almost guarantee it’s a Full Moon feature or Troma. Through 40 years of ups and ups (Charles Band never has a down), Full Moon has produced some of the most enduring schlock classics of our age. In November, Full Moon founder Charles Band will release his memoir Confessions of a Puppet Master: A Hollywood Memoir of Ghouls, Guts, and Gonzo Filmmaking. We have a little peek right here:

A natural raconteur, Band shares astonishing stories of his misadventures, his personal life, and his encounters with both the great and the notorious:

  • His first babysitter was Marilyn Monroe
  • At 15, Band opened nightclubs in Rome
  • His crew illegally built and then abandoned a giant “old woman who lived in a shoe” set in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park
  • A disgruntled creditor (read: loan shark) firebombed his Hollywood Hills home
  • He bought Liberace’s house, but only stayed in it one night
  • An eye for talent: In addition to Demi Moore (Parasite) and Helen Hunt (Trancers), other Hollywood newbies Band gave early breaks are Kelly Preston and Richard Moll (Metalstorm), Mariska Hargitay (Ghoulies), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Troll), Viggo Mortensen (Prison) and Bill Maher (Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death)
  • A seventy-something Stan Lee jumped on Band’s young son’s bed to endear himself to the shy boy
  • He shares behind-the-scenes secrets from some of his biggest hits, including Head of the Family with its 3-foot long, slimy latex tongue performing unspeakable acts, Re-Animator whose unwatchable dailies were edited into a film even Pauline Kael loved, how Ghoulies was saved by a toilet, and Troll, with its magical child character presciently named … Harry Potter, Jr.
  • He had a memorable, if nebulous, business meeting with Michael Jackson at the height of the superstar’s fame
  • Gary Busey (The Gingerdead Man) and Klaus Kinski (Crawlspace)—infamous for their “difficult” personalities—wreaked havoc on his sets
  • He was arrested at a Florida fan convention and spent a scary weekend in jail

Still going strong and ever adapting with his usual savvy to the world of streaming, Charles Band continues to splatter blood, reanimate corpses, and titillate the teenager in all of us. A candid and engaging glimpse into the Hollywood’s zany underbelly, CONFESSIONS OF A PUPPETMASTER is as entertaining as the movies that made this consummate “schlockmeister” famous.

That’s…a lot. Charles Band is a true wild man and I’m excited to check out his memoirs. He lives a huge life and it looks as though he’s just going to keep going! When it comes to Full Moon, I’ve always been a big fan of Puppet Master. Those movies are great. The memoir will retail for $27.99.

Are you going to read Charles Band’s memoir? Join the conversation in the comments. We’re on Instagram and Twitter @DreadCentral. We’re also on Facebook. I’m Jans. I write news. You can come tell me your favorite Full Moon film on Twitter @Horrorplayed.

Full Moon’s Next Release is the Two-Part Erotic Horror Movie CASSEX Directed by Lindsey Schmitz

Posted by Josh Millican on June 7, 2021 Cassex Banner - Full Moon's Next Release is the Two-Part Erotic Horror Movie CASSEX Directed by Lindsey Schmitz

Full Moon Features (FMF) announced today that Cassex, a sultry two-part erotic thriller film from director Lindsey Schmitz (Femalien: Cosmic Crush) will premiere on June 18th, exclusively on the Full Moon Features app and streaming platform FullMoonFeatures.com. Following its exclusive run on FMF, episode one will debut across all Full Moon Features channels; Amazon Prime Video, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Play and Xbox One, on June 28th.

Related Article: Full Moon’s Next Movie is DEMONIC TOYS: BABY OOPSIE

Check out the trailer and read more about Cassex below.

Synopsis:
Haunted by an ’80s sex film icon, the film follows a married couple who is suddenly transported to an erotic dimension where anything is possible.  Is it real, or reel? Is it fantasy…or is it Cassex? In the tradition of Full Moon’s popular couples-friendly erotica label Surrender Cinema and from the director of Femalien: Cosmic Crush, comes this sultry thriller that’s sure to wind you up!

“Chock full of 80s throwbacks and occult esoterica, Cassex is a batshit super-orgy unlike anything captured on film,” said director, Lindsey Schmitz. “Let’s get metaphysical.”

Featuring A-list talent from the adult entertainment industry, the full cast list was also released! Lexi Luna (Sweet Sinner) is set to play Cassandra Essex, an eighties sex goddess who is as devious as she is unpredictable. Jayden Cole (Almost Caught) will play Jane Fortune, an old-school new-age bohemian hippie who practices divination and possesses psychic abilities. Anna Claire Clouds (Model Time) is set to play Maya Llewellyn, funny and charismatic, she’s a relatable girl-next-door, but with a modern, punk rock twist. Jazmin Luv signed on to play Doreen Dukes, a smoky and sultry vamp with a biting sense of humor. And, Lauren Phillips will play Starhawk, while being a source of comic relief, behind her airhead facade, she hides a simple inner wisdom.

Related Article: Here’s the New Trailer for Full Moon Features Demonic Nightmare DON’T LET HER IN

Are you a fan of Full Moon Features? Are you excited to check out Cassex later this month? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican. Dread Central on Google News!

Here’s the New Trailer for Full Moon Feature’s Demonic Nightmare DON’T LET HER IN

Posted by Josh Millican on April 26, 2021 Dont Let Her In Banner - Here's the New Trailer for Full Moon Feature's Demonic Nightmare DON'T LET HER IN

Full Moon Features will be releasing their next chilling horror movie, a demonic shocker called Don’t Let Her In, on April 30th, exclusively on their app and streaming platform, FullMoonFeatures.com. Following its 10-day FMF exclusive run, episode one of the Rosemary’s Baby-esque tale of terror will debut across all Full Moon Features channels; Amazon Prime Video, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Play, and Xbox One, on May 10th.

Check out the trailer for Don’t Let Her In and read more about the movie below.

Synopsis:
The film follows Ben and Amber, an attractive young couple who rent out a room in their spacious loft to Serena, an eccentric, beautiful female artist…and they soon live to regret it… Slowly but surely, their seductive new tenant invades their minds, their beds, the very fabric of their lives. When Amber finds herself pregnant, the lovers begin to suspect that the fetus growing within her womb is something more than human, something evil…and that Serena has been sent on a maternal mission from Hell itself. 

Don’t Let Her In is written and directed by Ted Nicolaou (Terrorvision, Subspecies, The Vampire Journals).

Chock-full of Hollywood’s rising stars, the full cast list was also unveiled. Kelly Curran (Love Is Blind, Off Book, 4/20) is set to play Amber, a radiant, bohemian artist whose life descends into a nightmare after renting a spare room from a mysterious stranger. Lorin Doctor (Too Old to Die Young, The Brawler, American Crime Story) will play Serena, an ethereal artist with a timeless aura who hides her darker energies with a veneer of innocence and charm. And, Cole Pendery (Criminal Minds, #Bandcamp) signed on to play Ben, a self-obsessed, cannabis-infused, low-level rock musician who relies on his sense of humor over his intelligence as he becomes entangled in a demonic love triangle.

“I started my long friendship with Charlie Band, editing the film Tourist Trap,” says Nicolaou. “I worked for a number of years, editing his films, until he offered me my first feature to direct – the crazy monster comedy, TerrorVision. Over the years, we continued to make films together, including the vampire saga Subspecies, and the family films Dragonworld, Remote, and Leapin’ Leprechauns. When he asked me to participate in his new slate of films, I jumped at the opportunity to meet the challenge of creating an effective horror film for the Full Moon Features streaming service. I hope horror fans everywhere enjoy Don’t Let Her In, an eerie story of aspiring young artists in LA, the insecurity of our perceptions and relationships, and how the shortage of affordable housing opens the door to a roommate from Hell.”

Related Article: Poster: Full Moon Features “Miskatonic U” Series Continues with MISKATONIC U: THE RESONATOR

Are you a fan of the films produced by Full Moon Features? Are you excited to check out Don’t Let Her In? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.

420 Is Still In Effect at Full Moon Features!

Posted by Josh Millican on April 21, 2021 Evil Bong Banner - 420 Is Still In Effect at Full Moon Features!

Fans of horror and cannabis have no doubt already zeroed in the Evil Bong franchise from Full Moon Features. Since yesterday was 4/20, the unofficial holiday of all things cannabis-related, Full Moon marked the occasion with new merch and a contest that’s still in effect through April 23rd. Our friends at Full Moon Features have new merch commemorating 4/20 along with a contest certain to get you high!

Related Article: The Ultimate PUPPET MASTER Collection Returns: “Toulon’s Trunk” from Full Moon Features

On 4/20 Full Moon Features launched the Golden Moons Contest with the chance for 10 fans to win a $250.00 credit at FullMoonDirect.com! Find out how to enter, HERE!

Another way to keep those 4/20 vibes flowing through late April is to pick up the new Evil Bong Stash Box! It includes all eight Evil Bong movies, along with Weedjieson Blu-ray. This unique treasure is only $180.00 and the first 200 will be numbered and signed by FMF Founder, Charles Band. Purchase yours now, HERE!

In addition, you can head over to Full Moon Direct for even more new merch, including:

  • A replica from the recently released feature, The Gingerweed Man
  • Bic lighters with your favorite weed characters
  • Full Moon Features hats

If you know me, you know I like to celebrate 4/20 all year long, and the folks are Full Moon keep me smiling and satisfied! If it’s been a while, check out the trailer for the first Evil Bong (starring Tommy Chong) below.

Related Article: Trailer & Poster for THE GINGERWEED MAN

Are you a fan of the stoney horrors produced by Full Moon Features? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.

Why Castle Freak Is Classic Gothic Drama for Gore Lovers

Posted by Nat Brehmer on January 12, 2017

Stuart Gordon’s Castle Freak is not held in high regard as a highlight of its era, nor is it even widely recognized as a cult classic on the same level as Re-Animator. Its biggest claim to fame is a Fangoria Chainsaw Award. This isn’t even the most well-known Full Moon production as that honor is clearly divided between the Puppet Master and Subspecies franchises. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good movie, because it genuinely is.

Full Moon was never known for providing us with actual, good feature films. That was never the niche they carved out for themselves. But sometimes they delivered something truly unique and surprising and Castle Freak was absolutely one of those times. Maybe even the last of them.

The story, though it has its twists and turns, is fairly simple. An American family inherits an Italian castle and moves there to test it out, hoping for a fresh start. They don’t know that there’s an abused, disfigured man who’s been kept in the basement all his life until his mother, the duchess to whom the castle belongs, suffers a heart attack and dies. It’s more than simplistic, it’s classical. This reeks of 1940s gothic melodrama in the best way possible.

Castle Freak

Like all films of that type, it’s about the characters and their interactions. Instead of a bunch of strangers confined in a large castle together, as is typically the case, this is about a family who are becoming strangers to one another. Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton both give incredibly strong performances, the likes of which I don’t think anyone expected after the more stylized campiness of Re-Animator and From Beyond.  

I don’t think anyone expected it from Stuart Gordon, either. He’d played in gory realms before, but always kept a strong sense of humor, however dark. Castle Freak, on the other hand, is a very raw movie. He’d approached this territory with Pit and the Pendulum, but even that didn’t allow him to reach the level of bleakness that he hits here.

When we’re introduced to Combs, Crampton and their teenage daughter, we recognize all of the archetypes immediately. This is a broken marriage, the husband just wants to piece things back together, the mother isn’t ready to forgive him for the things she blames him for, and the daughter just wants her parents to be together and happy again. We’ve definitely seen it before. But it quickly becomes something very different.

Crampton’s character, Susan, definitely doesn’t have it in her to forgive her husband, John. As much as you’d expect a resolution, even from a movie like this, it becomes clearer and clearer as it goes on that that’s just not in the cards. Her character is amazingly layered and three-dimensional. She hates her husband now and she knows that she shouldn’t, but she can’t help the way she feels and there’s just something so blunt and honest about her character that makes her so refreshing to watch.

Castle Freak 1995

While John can be very frustrating, he’s just as believable. Even if the situation is not as extreme, we’ve all known someone like this. We’ve all known that one person who knows they screwed up and tries so aggressively to make everyone happy that they just wind up making everything worse. He just wants to do the right thing by his family, but he keeps making terrible decisions. The ending feels so natural because, by that point, there’s no way to redeem this family unit. There’s no way to fix this. The best thing John could do, the only way he can really prove to his wife how much he cares, is to die for his family.

It may seem like a huge stretch to compare Castle Freak with everyone’s favorite Oscar-bait La La Land, but I’m going to do it anyway. Everyone expects a Hollywood ending from a big, glitzy Hollywood musical. It just feels natural. So (SPOILERS) it comes as a bit of a shock when that doesn’t turn out to be the case. There are people who come into your life at the perfect time, but that doesn’t mean you’re destined to be together. That’s what La La Land turns out to really be about. And the same is honestly true of Castle Freak.

Redeeming this family was never going to be about actually getting the family back together. As much as you expect that to happen, it becomes so clear upon rewatching that that is just never going to be the case. She will never forgive him for killing their son, and that’s that. But even from a movie like Castle Freak, you expect a glamorous ending. I’d say you would even expect it more than you would expect it from an Oscar drama.

Castle Freak

Up to this point, there was something very old fashioned about Full Moon. More than almost any type of horror film at the time, they would end on a completely black and white note of good triumphing over evil. The bad guys were defeated and vanquished, leaving the good guys to embrace and walk off into the sunset. But that’s not at all what we get with Castle Freak. Even the noble sacrifice seems kind of blunt and unflattering, which is part of the genius of the whole movie. It’s just honest. Yes, John sacrifices himself, but he didn’t fight the monster with the intention of dying.

The best thing about Castle Freak is that it combines this family melodrama and molasses thick gothic atmosphere with the unapologetic, in-your-face gore efforts of Italian maestros like Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci. It’s the perfect mixture of moody gothic drama and Italian exploitation. The two things work surprisingly well together. It’s as blunt viscerally as it is emotionally. There are things that we see in Castle Freak that no other Full Moon feature dared to show. Thumbs bitten off, nipples bitten off, cats being eaten… Castle Freak was a major player in the split between Full Moon and Paramount because of just how shocking and grotesque it was compared to anything else the company had made.

I commend Full Moon for not trimming it down, because there’s no real way to censor this movie. The gore just stems from the tone. It’s not pretty, but at the same time, it has a mood and atmosphere that’s just as captivating as an old Val Lewton film. Castle Freak feels in some ways like the missing link between the classic and modern ages of horror.

It’s downbeat, melancholy, shocking, uncomfortable, but it handles all of these things well. Above all, it harkens back to all great gothic pieces by just being about the decay of a single family unit. It has a very simple focus, but examining these characters under a microscope, magnifying their flaws—even the Freak itself—that’s what allows the film to work as well as it does.

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AFM 2016: Full Moon Art Book Coming Next Year

Posted by David Gelmini on November 3, 2016

I sure wouldn’t mind staring at pictures of Blade from Puppet Master and Killjoy the psycho clown, and next year we’ll be able to do so with the release of the art book AFM : Charles Band’s Full Moon Empire.

From the Press Release:
Charles Band’s Full Moon Empire is headed to AFM to showcase their bumper catalogue of classic and new films, and announce their 2017 slate.

“The largest and most unique fantasy/horror film library on earth!” comes to Santa Monica in November as Full Moon present their entire catalog to buyers. For the first time ever, the legendary label will showcase their unique 250+ fantasy/horror library via an amazing, collector’s edition art book.

The 80 page, 8×12 book will feature numerous images per page from every title in the catalog with a small 150-character logline under each film – ensuring the focus is on the beautiful art (see attached sample from the book). These super high-end, heavy books will be available to legit buyers and will be available at bookstores later in the year.

You’ll find Full Moon at Loews (#750) where the room will be draped in black and feature 4-5 large poster boards with images of 150-200 films.

Upcoming for Full Moon are Killjoy’s Psycho Circus, Ravenwolf Towers – episode oneand the highly-anticipated Puppetmaster: Axis Termination.

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Full Moon Adds Three Replicas to its Halloween Sale

Posted by David Gelmini on October 27, 2016

If you haven’t spent all your cash on candy this Halloween, you might be interested in checking out Full Moon’s Halloween sale, which recently added three pretty awesome figures at reduced prices.

Limited Edition Replicas: ReAnimation Blade

On sale: $120.00

Brand New Puppet Master Replica. Variant on the original Blade includes glow-in-the-dark skin and interchangeable hook and syringe accessories. Replica stands approximately 17″ tall and 5″ wide.

Full Moon Playthings proudly presents the 1:1 scale Movie Accurate Puppet Replicas. Each puppet is hand made, every stitch of fabric is tailored to a perfectly scaled 1:1 reproduction of the Original rod puppet used in the Iconic Film Series PUPPETMASTER.

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Limited Edition Replicas: Stealth Six Shooter

On sale: $200.00

Brand New Limited Edition Puppet Master Replica. Variant on the original Six Shooter includes a new sleek paint design and black tailored clothing.

For the first time only, and limited to 500 pieces each worldwide, Full Moon Playthings proudly presents the 1:1 scale Movie Accurate Puppet Replicas. Each puppet is handmade, every stitch of fabric is tailored to a perfectly scaled 1:1 reproduction of the original rod puppet used in the Iconic Film Series PUPPET MASTER. Each replica is numbered and comes with a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity.

Also included, a handsome display base. Here are the most painstakingly accurate reproductions of the PUPPET MASTER characters ever, fully authorized and guaranteed to be the centerpiece of your collection.

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NEW Full Moon Playthings Baby Oopsie Daisy Replica

On sale: $100.00

Comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Charles Band and a stand.

Limited to 500 pieces each worldwide, Full Moon Playthings proudly presents the 1:1 scale Movie Accurate Puppet Replicas. Each puppet is hand made, every stitch of fabric is tailored to a perfectly scaled 1:1 reproduction of the Original rod puppet used in the Iconic Film Series. Each replica is numbered and comes with a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity.

Also included, a handsome display base. Here are the most painstakingly accurate reproductions of the characters ever, fully authorized and guaranteed to be the center piece of your collection.

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Full Moon’s Dark Angel Ascending Onto Blu-ray Next Month

Posted by David Gelmini on August 29, 2016

Originally released back in 1994, Full Moon’s epic horror fantasy film Dark Angel: The Ascent will finally be heading to Blu-Ray in September, and we’ve got everything you need to know right here.

From the Press Release:
Released for the first time on Blu-ray, Full Moon Features’ classic horror Dark Angel: The Ascentstarring Angela Featherstone (HBO’s “Girls,” “Friends”) and directed by Linda Hassani. The release, remastered in 16 x 9 Widescreen and 5.1 Surround, digitally restored from the original 35mm camera negative, bows September 15.

Synopsis:
Deep in the depths of hell, Veronica (Featherstone), a young demoness, yearns to visit the world of man. Veronica finds a secret passage and ascends from Hades with her dog Hellraiser, and they find themselves on the streets of a modern American city. Disguised as a human, she meets Max Barris, a young doctor, and begins living with him. Veronica decides her mission in life is to punish the wicked and evil, and she goes about this with a bloody vengeance. She hunts down evildoers and kills them, feeding parts of their bodies to her dog. Finally she tells Max the truth about herself, and despite the fact that she’s a spawn of darkness, he falls in love with her. But will the separation of mortal and immortal allow their love to last…?

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A Full Moon #TBT Post from November 1993

Posted by Jon Condit on September 17, 2015
I grew up loving horror movies. Big surprise, right? Like most of us, I had my favorite slashers and franchises growing up. Just like some kids were Pepsi kids and some kids were Coke kids, I was a Full Moon and Freddy kid. Though over the years I have come to favor Jason slightly more than the others (emphasis on slightly).

When my mom and dad divorced, we lived with my grandparents for a while; and even after she was on her feet in a place of our own, I would go on to spend my summers off from school at my grandparents’ house watching horror movies and playing video games. Like in any average household of the time, my grandpa read the newspaper every day and would clip out what he and my grandma called “Jon jokes” from the comics section and leave them out for me with my breakfast. My grandma always made the best fucking pancakes, and they bought powdered jelly-filled donuts just for me. It was the best of times, it was the worst FUCKING BEST of times.

But I digress. After reading the comics, I would always read the Arts section of the newspaper, looking for movie showtimes and keeping up on what horror movies were out. This was still probably 8 years before the internet would really take off so this section of the newspaper was like my lifeline to the horror genre. My friends and I would rent horror movies on VHS or work our asses off to get enough allowance money to go to the movies, which was often. Do kids even get allowances anymore? It seems like every toddler waddling down the street has their own iPhone these days; I can’t even imagine explaining half the stuff we used to have to put up with. I saw a picture recently of some dumbass shoving his phone into a cassette deck thinking it was a cell phone charger. I hate to think what they would do with an 8-track deck.

This was the golden era of HBO, by the way; you could turn that channel on any time of the day and wind up catching The Goonies, Monster Squad, Big Trouble in Little China… no matter when you looked, something amazing was either on or coming on soon. Kids today have no idea how awesome movies were in the 80’s and 90’s. Films like Turbo Kid bring a huge smile to my face because it is such a throwback to the films I grew up on as a kid. For me, though, nothing really captures the essence of being a fan like the early Puppet Master films do. They were such a pivotal part of my life at that time. I am not kidding when I say we basically lived for horror movies and video games then.

One day I flipped to the Arts section to see a huge picture of Charles Band with his creations. I was so stoked. I LOVED the Puppet Master movies by that time, but the franchise only had 4 films to its credit then. I would dig through every tape on the shelf at our local video rental shop looking for Full Moon titles I had never seen and pestering the owners about getting new Puppet Master movies. They would argue with me about when the next movie was coming out and I would come back again and again looking for part 5. My friends and I spent our summers for the next few years eagerly awaiting new entries in the Puppet Master series. Any time I would find one, it was fucking on, man. Pizza. Soda. SNES. Lights out. VHS player in full effect. No matter how good a movie is today, it pales in comparison to watching Puppet Master 4 on the living room floor with Bagel Bites and Top Ramen. That to me will always be what horror means.

My grandparents and my mom have all passed at this point. My grandpa was the first to go, and then my grandma a few years later. Then, in some odd circuitous turn of events, my mom actually moved back into my grandparents’ house after her mother passed away. It wouldn’t be too long after my grandma’s passing that my mom would have a stroke that would take her away from us in March of 2014. She wasn’t even old enough to retire yet… Probate is coming to a close, and we had to pack up her belongings along with some of my grandparents’ belongings that she had kept at the house. That’s why I found myself at their old house this week going through boxes of my old stuff in the garage. Much to my amazement the first box I opened had that article I saved with Charles Band and his machinations in it sitting on the very top of a bunch of old newspapers I kept for various reasons.

We have been helping Full Moon get the word out about their crowdfunding campaign this month for their new films, and I had been thinking of this article since I first spoke to Charles last year when we did the Full Moon Box of Dread in July ’14. I thought it would be cool to find it again having actually met Charlie several times now. This article is from 22 years ago and I could still have told you what it looked like without even looking at it. Somehow the very first box I opened had that clipping sitting right on top as if to say, “Here I am.”

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