ABOUT CHARLES BAND:
With 50 years in the business and over 300 feature films under his belt, producer, director and founder and CEO of Full Moon Features Charles Band shows no signs of slowing down.
In 1975 Band produced his first horror picture, the cult classic MANSION OF THE DOOMED and within a few years, he was fast becoming a rising star in Hollywood, producing and directing now-iconic genre films starring such revered names such as John Carradine, José Ferrer, Sue Lyon, Christopher Lee, and Roddy McDowall. In 1978 Band formed MEDA (later renamed MEDIA) Home Entertainment, the first independent home video distribution company in North America. MEDA was among the premiere companies to distribute films to the home video market on the beta-max format and found success with a wide variety of titles ranging from horror movies such as John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, to family entertainment like the animated PEANUTS specials and many, many more. In 1979, Band produced the horror classic TOURIST TRAP, which Stephen King has cited as one the scariest movies he's ever seen.
Band went on to form Wizard Video in 1981. The company was a pioneer in the home video market and was the original video distributor for classic horror movies like THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE and Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE to obscure European films from auteurs like Jess Franco and Jean Rollin. A forward thinking company, Wizard foresaw the potential for massive growth in home video gaming and produced adaptations of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and HALLOWEEN for the Atari 2600, which were in effect the very first horror console video games ever released. Band continued to produce and direct his own films during this era, including the 3D horror movie PARASITE, which featured actress Demi Moore in her first starring role.
In 1983 Band founded Empire Pictures Entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, the film production company was highly prosperous throughout the eighties and produced as many as twelve theatrical features a year. Empire Pictures Entertainment was responsible for some of the biggest cult hits of the eighties including GHOULIES, RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, TROLL and ROBOT JOX. Band continued his track record of discovering untapped talent during this time, casting such future stars as Helen Hunt, Viggo Mortensen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mariska Hargitay and many more.
At the end of the decade, Charles Band pioneered the independent direct-to-video feature with the formation of Full Moon Entertainment 1989 and with it, the creation of PUPPET MASTER, which has gone on to become the most successful direct-to-video film series of all time. Band soon teamed with Paramount Pictures and Pioneer Home Entertainment for direct-to-video releases on VHS and Laserdisc. The “VideoZone” featurettes at the end of Full Moon’s movies, which showed how each film was made, anticipated the behind-the-scenes bonus content that is now considered a standard feature among contemporary DVD and Blu-ray discs. With upwards of twenty releases per year, Band built a reputation as a versatile and frequent director of entertaining low-budget horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films.
Band’s Full Moon Entertainment, later renamed Full Moon Features, created many well-known video franchises throughout the nineties and into the new millennium. Aside from its extremely popular PUPPET MASTER series, Full Moon continued the TRANCERS series starring Helen Hunt and Tim Thomerson, the SUBSPECIES series shot on location in Transylvania, the bizarre EVIL BONG series featuring Tommy Chong, and the infamous GINGERDEAD MAN series starring Gary Busey. During this period, Band worked with many talents who would later achieve greater fame in the industry like Seth Green, Jackie Earle Haley, and David S. Goyer, to name a few. In addition to his relentless filming schedule, Charles Band continued to be very active in creating and marketing a wide variety of merchandise including T-shirts, action figures, resin statues, and 1:1 scale replicas of Full Moon’s better-known puppets and dolls and co-founding the horror movie magazine DELIRIUM. In 2021, Harper Collins published Band's best-selling autobiography CONFESSIONS OF A PUPPETMASTER, charting his entire history in the business to date.
In recent years, Charles Band solidified his place in the modern cinema landscape with the creation of Full Moon Features, a subscriber based streaming channel offering hundreds of films from the Full Moon library, a massive catalog of international cult classic horror and exploitation favorites and an exciting roster of new Full Moon movies. The studio also has their own Amazon Prime specialty channel and a substantial presence on platforms like Tubi, Roku and more.