Unser zweites Buch über die Karriere von Charles Band ist seit mehr als einem Monat auf dem Markt – und es läuft prächtig. So prächtig, dass der großartige Genre-Buchladen Dark Delicacies in Los Angeles einen Event zu seinen Ehren veranstaltet:
Ich bin SEHR angefressen, dass ich nicht selber hinfliegen kann. Unfassbare 20 Autoren Regisseure, Komponisten, Darsteller und Effekttechniker sind vor Ort, um Fans zu treffen und unser Buch zu signieren:
Richard Band, Shane Bitterling, William Butler, Mike Deak, Dave Parker, John Ellis, Jeff Farley, Kenneth Hall, C. Courtney Joyner, John Lechago, Ted Newsom, Ted Nicolaou, Ethan Reiffer, Tim Thomerson, Cyrus Voris, Jay Woelfel, Sam Irvin, Chris Endicott, Paul Salamoff, Daniel Schweiger
Wolltet ihr schon immer mal den Dollman persönlich treffen, oder den Autor von „Class of 1999“, den Regisseur von „100 years of Horror“ oder den Komponisten dieser großartigen Soundtracks?
Und es ist nicht auszuschließen, dass ein paar Überraschungsgäste vorbeischauen…
Davon abgesehen sind auch die Kritiken zum Buch erfreulich. Hier ein paar Beispiele.
A hearty reading recommendation for the holidays: It Came From the Video Aisle, an incredible dive into the world of Full Moon Features & Charles Band by Dave Jay, William Wilson and Torsten Dewi. Crammed with interviews, surprising trivia, and a jaw-dropping amount of research, it’s a treasure trove of info about films you’d never expect to get such a scholarly treatment.
The definitive account of an important body of cinematic work. A magnificent piece of research and writing, this book is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in films of the 1990s and beyond. The three authors, with the assistance of several guest contributors, have created a fascinating and well-written account of Charles Band’s middle/later career (having already covered his earlier work in the previous – also excellent – volume, Empire of the B’s).
It Came From The Video Aisle!: A Captivating Chronicle Of B-Movie Resilience
John Carpenter once joked that after the apocalypse happens, two things will survive: “Cockroaches and Charlie Band.” That soundbite doesn’t sound kind but it’s not the insult it might seem to be on the surface.
The part of the book Full Moon fans will like the most is the final chapter, which offers film-by-film looks at each of the major Full Moon franchises, covering everything from well-known stuff like Puppet Master and Trancers to more cultish, recent fare like Killjoy and Evil Bong. As with the other chapters, there are plentiful interview clips to add extra insight but the key here is the passion the different contributors have for their subjects. These pieces are b-movie archaeology of the first order and are worthwhile enough to justify the purchase of this book alone.
Authors Jay, Wilson, and Dewi (and a few more writers) have done an amazing job capturing the feel of what it was like to work for Full Moon. You get to hear plenty of stories firsthand, from the people that were in the trenches, from the screenwriters to directors to effects artist to the guys creating the memorable poster or video box art, all telling the tales of being on Charles Band’s payroll. There maybe be more than a few negative comments within these stories, but it gives the reader a perfect look inside this small studio.
I would highly recommend this book. If you’re a fan of Full Moon, then it’s an obvious decision. But even if you’re not, I think you’ll be amazed at how entertaining of a read you’ll find this, not to mention giving you a whole new insight and appreciation for one of the biggest low-budget filmmaking studios in history.
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Full Moon Entertainment, the B-movie studio behind the Puppet Master and Trancers franchises, is exhaustively covered in It Came From the Video Aisle! Mind you, that is not a criticism. It’s a treat to dive so deeply into one of the seminal B-movie studios of all time. Some may find thirteen pages on The Gingerdead Man a bit excessive, but to Full Moon fans, the insights and humorous stories here are not to be missed.
Everyone that had anything to do with the company was interviewed. EVERYONE. If you have a passing interest in Charlie Band, Full Moon, or the dream of a micro-budget film studio that pumps out product, you have to buy this book.
It Came from the Video Aisle Is a Comprehensive History of/Love-Letter To Full Moon
As a pretty die-hard fan of the Full Moon, particularly the early days, the only thing I wanted going into this book was to be surprised. And I’m happy to report that I was. It Came From the Video Aisle leaves virtually no stone unturned. in 1988 all the way up to now.
The story of Full Moon is as much—if not more so—a story of financial ups and downs as much as it is a story of the creation of iconic B-Movies. This is an area in which the book really shines, doing its best to explain how the deal with Paramount ended, why Full Moon’s output became so cheap during the Kushner-Locke era compared to the things they had done in the past and how they were able to make an extremely modest comeback (so to speak) with Full Moon Features in the mid-2000s.
If you’re a die-hard, casual or even disgruntled fan of Full Moon, there’s no way you’re going to want to miss this. It’s an informative, sometimes funny and ultimately kind of tragic story of how one independent studio wound up kind of embodying the steady decline of the video era.
WICKED RATING: 8/10
It Came from the Video Aisle! – Inside Charles Band’s Full Moon Entertainment Studiowalks a fine line between being a historical document, a love letter to these films and the people making them, and an honest critique of the good, the bad, and the ugly of a little company that produced small films often about tiny terrors.
Co-written by Dave Jay, William S. Wilson, and Torsten Dewi; It Came from the Video Aisle! is a massive 480 page tome containing probably everything you ever wanted to know about the wild, rocky history of Full Moon. I took one look at the thickness of this book and wasn’t sure I ever wanted to know this much.
All in all, if you’re a fan of Full Moon then this is a must-have book. If you’re just a fan of filmmaking and want an inside view of what it was like deep in the trenches of the direct-to-video market from 1990 to today then this is again a must-read.
BUY IT NOW!
To fully appreciate the grand scale of what It Came from the Video Aisle! was able to accomplish, readers will likely have to be a fan of Full Moon’s style of filmmaking. (If you aren’t the sort who can tune out and enjoy a brainless, straight-to-video horror movie, reading 400+ pages about how those sort of films are made probably won’t change your opinion.) But if your cinematic tastes include movies like Dollman, Shadowzone, or Castle Freak, however, then this book will be a compelling chronicle; a comprehensively-researched tome that dives into a too-often overlooked area of the movie business.
Author rating: 8/10
Full Moon Entertainment was a staple of video stores throughout the 90s and generated cult favorites like PUPPET MASTER, SUBSPECIES, DOLLMAN and my personal favorite, ARCADE. While the studio never quite made the successful transition to the modern era of streaming services, their output remains one of the most fun of any company. This book chronicles founder Charles Band and the rise and fall of Full Moon. A fun read and a great reminder of a bygone era.
The authors of It Came from the Video Aisle are amazingly thorough in their task of researching every title covered and do a phenomenal job tracking down a great number of participants from the three decades of filmmaking. Many of the directors and writers worked under pseudonyms, most of which are revealed here and their reflections on the work are generally met with fond memories, even if the conditions were difficult at the time. Key participants receive extended interview sections throughout the book, allowing the subject to expand on their time working for Band.
I really cannot say enough nice things about this book, however, as it really exceeds all of my expectations on the subject. Full Moon fans will definitely want to check it out and casual readers with an interest in behind-the-scenes tales of woe will want to pick it up too.
Dass Charles Band selbst das Buch klasse findet, wissen wir seit seinem Video dazu. Es melden sich aber auch die ersten Komplizen zu Wort.
Ernest Farino (u.a. Effekte für Terminator, DUNE, Screamers)
I’ve been enjoying reading through your book– nicely done, and incredibly thorough. Good job all around.
Trent Haaga (bekannt als „Killjoy“, Regie „68 Kill“)
Incredibly well-written and thorough – well done! It’s so nice to see a well-researched and thoughtful piece of writing after reading tons of terrible internet film „journalism.“ Congrats to you all on the book.
Ahhh, der Geruch analogen Erfolges am Morgen…
P.S.: Wer übrigens mal sehen will, was unser Cover-Zeichner Mark Maddox in den letzten Jahren noch so digital gepinselt hat: