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The Definitive History of Charles Band’s Full Moon Finally Gets Told in It Came from the Video Aisle!

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It Came From the Video AisleThere’s going to be a Full Moon right before Halloween this year, but it’s not “that” kind of full moon. It Came from the Video Aisle! hits bookshelves October 28th, promising to take readers inside Charles Band’s Full Moon Entertainment Studio like nothing before.

For our younger readers who don’t know what a “video aisle” is: Once upon a time, there were these places called “video stores.” In them were row after row, shelf after shelf, of movies on VHS (and later DVD and Blu-ray). These were the video aisles. People like you would peruse these aisles looking for movies to rent for a night or two and then return to the store. Some of these movies were more cheaply produced and made exclusively for the home video market.

One of the greatest purveyors of such direct-to-video movies was a man named Charles Band. First he ruled a theatrical empire. Then he began casting a Full Moon over video stores right at the dawn of direct-to-video fare.

It Came from the Video Aisle! is his story…

Synopsis:
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.

Boasting interviews with over 60 directors, actors, producers, and crew and featuring over 400 behind-the-scenes photos, posters, and artwork (many never before published), It Came from the Video Aisle! is going to be a must-read for any fan of Full Moon or the golden age of home video entertainment when his company launched. Even though Charles Band personally authorized this book, I’ve been told there are some sordid details regarding the company’s history that just can’t be sugarcoated.

Featured interviewees include Charles Band himself, 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.

Nathan Shumate, Jay Woelfel, Chris Endicott, Thomas Sueyres, Dave Wain, and Matty Budrewicz are amongst the guest contributors. Full Moon fixture C. Courtney Joyner penned the foreword.
Finally, from the press release, a little something about the authors of this massive 480-page tome dedicated to all things Full Moon.

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.

You Full Moon fanatics can go ahead and pre-order It Came the Video Aisle! right now from Amazon.

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Effects cameraman Joseph Grossberg and animator Joel Fletcher filming giant scorpions for Oblivion, 1994.

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Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls Announced for iOS

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There’s a new Castlevania game coming our way, and whilst you might be a little disappointing that it’s not a fully fledged console release, you’ll be glad to know that it’s not a Pachinko either. It’s actually an iOS game by the name Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, and it takes the series back to its classic 2D roots.

Dracula, who has been a staple of Castlevania since day one, probably won’t be showing up in Grimoire of Souls, as the game takes place many years after his true and final death. Things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows following the demise of the Lord of Darkness, however, as you’ll have to hunt down a cursed Grimoire with the power to bring Dracula back into the world. Throughout the story mode, you’ll pay as a character named Genya Arikado, a newcomer to the series, as you team up with Lucy, a member of a mysterious research organization, to prevent Dracula’s resurrection.

Grimoire of Souls will also have a co-op mode which can be played by up to four players, in addition to a four-versus-four competitive mode. For these modes, players will be able to choose from a selection of popular Castlevania characters, including Simon Belmont, Maria Renard, Charlotte Aulin, and Dracula’s son, Alucard.

There’s currently no word on when Konami will publish Castlevania: Grimoire of Shadow on the iOS, although you can sign up for the Japanese closed beta right now.

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Channel 4’s New Series True Horror Opens With A Warning For Nervous Viewers

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If you live in the UK, now has never been a better time to renew your TV license. That’s because Channel 4 are broadcasting a new dramatized documentary series called “True Horror”, which will take you into the heart of four terrifying true horror stories.

In pure Channel 4 style, each episode will open with a disclaimer reading “scenes of paranormal activity may disturb viewers”, before heading straight into a mix of both real life interviews and scripted segments. The first season of “True Horror” will consist of four episodes, with a special called “The Witches’ Prison” also being broadcast on Halloween. Today’s episode will be called “Hellfire Farm”, and will recount the tale of a couple who moved into a supposedly haunted farm in the Welsh countryside. This installment was directed by BAFTA nominee Tom Kingsley, and will be shown at 10pm.

“True Horror” was produced by “The Enfield Haunting’s” Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson, and stars James Dryden, Charlotte Eaton, Sammy Williams, Katie Jarvis, Adam Leese, Amy Morgan, and James Tarpey. And you really should watch the series, because it needs the ratings. If not, we’re just gonna get more of the soap opera and singing competition garbage that usually dominates British TV.

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Agony Had To Be Censored To Avoid An Adults Only Rating; PC Version Can Be Played Uncut

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Agony looks like one of the most explicit games we’ve ever seen, so it comes as no surprise that it had to be slightly censored in order to avoid an Adults Only rating from the ESRB. Now, before you go bitching about how much you hate censorship, keep in mind that the changes made to the game were minimal, with the camera having to be slightly obscured during some of the most extreme sequences so that it could secure an M-rating.

As AO-rated games are never released on consoles, the version of Agony coming to PS4 and Xbox One will be the slightly altered M-rated edition, whilst the PC version will come with an optional patch to remove the censorship and to experience a fully uncut version of the game.

As anyone familiar with the history of the ESRB will know, this isn’t the first time that a non-pornographic game ventured into Adults Only territory. The Punisher and Manhunt 2 both had to be censored in order to avoid an AO rating, whilst Hatred was released uncut on Steam with the rating intact.

Agony, which takes place in Hell, was developed by Madmind Studio, and will be published by PlayWay later this year.

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