Indie Horror Month Video Interview Part 1: Charles Band on His Start in Films, the Advent of Home Video and More
Prior to animating puppets via an ancient Egyptian curse or introducing fans to the hilarious horrors of The Gingerdead Man, Full Moon Pictures head honcho Charles Band saw the future of home video years before most of us had even heard of a VCR.
About fifteen years before the world would experience the Full Moon brand of horror and before establishing himself as one of the modern B-movie pioneers with the countless films he’s released under the production banner, Band was just a guy who knew he was destined to get involved with films; but when he was ready to get his start in the industry in the early 70’s, he just wasn’t sure exactly where.
Since most fans around here know the outgoing Band as the mouthpiece of Full Moon Pictures and the fan-friendly madman behind the Full Moon Horror Road Show that made over 100 stops during its several year run, we thought we’d do something different for Dread Central’s Indie Horror Month and chat with Band about the aspects of his career that most fans don’t necessarily hear very often.
In the first part of our exclusive video chat with Band, we hear more from the B-movie veteran about his early days working on the set for his father, director Albert Band, as well as how his lifelong love of collecting movies led to the start of his own home video distribution company on the heels of the success of Betamax. Band also discusses with us how a personalized gift idea spawned the beginning of his filmmaking days back in the early 70’s and how he’s had to adapt to the distribution changes throughout the years.
Check out Part One of our video interview with Band below in honor of Dread Central’s Indie Horror Month, and make sure to check back soon for Part Two with Band as well as more interviews and exclusive content for Indie Horror Month through the rest of March.
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