charles band

It’s hard to create a horror movie that will connect with audiences enough that the property is seen as a potential franchise starter; and even if that happens, it is unlikely that the director or writer is brought back for subsequent installments, because the producers aren’t interested in paying higher wages to the people who made them a success. So when a single writer/director/producer is in some way responsible for no less than fourteen different film series, he must be noted, regardless of the quality of all the franchises. And that producer is Charles Band.

Castle Freak (1995)
Director: Stuart Gordon
Writer: Stuart Gordon/HP Lovecraft
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton
Company: Full Moon Pictures

"Puppet Master: Axis of Evil" marks the tenth film to hold the Puppet Master moniker. They've spanned over twenty years and have ups and down as far as quality goes. Unfortunately, none of them with the possible exception of "Puppet Master II" have really managed to capture the style and fun of the original film, which came out all the way back in 1989.

The literary mash-up trend is nearing overkill as author Alan Goldsher sells the rights to his upcoming Beatles zombie novel "Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion". The book is due out in June yet film rights are already sold. How many more trendy merging's will we see before this fad dies out?

I hope you're ready for an all new family friendly hip hop theme song because Will Smith has signed on for an all new "Men In Black 3D" feature. Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin are in final talks as the project starts to take shape.

Speaking of sequel news, here's one I know you've all been waiting for! Full Moon pictures, home of Charles Band and his wacky puppets, has announced "Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver"! No word on if Busey will make a return to his most famous roll ever or not. (See what I did there?)

When I first saw something about a "Full Moon Traveling Roadshow", I read it as New Moon, and was all like, "Finally the Stephenie Meyer books have been adapted to their most appropriate medium: the traveling musical." I was picturing ham-handed community-theater level dramatics, which, while appropriate, I would avoid as I have the books and movie... all of that in the second it took me to realize it said "Full Moon" and not "New Moon".


Yet another show cut short in its prime, this Reaper Season 2 set will be the last one we get to see. If you haven't seen it, "Reaper" is definitely worth a watch.