LOS ANGELES, CA, December 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- A LEGEND IS REBORN!
Genre film innovator Charles Band ushers in a new wave of spellbinding contemporary independent horror, cult and exploitation cinema from filmmakers around the globe with newly minted WIZARD Studios imprint.
From the fevered mind of maverick cult movie mogul and FULL MOON FEATURES President Charles Band comes the triumphant return of the brand that first brought oddball shock to your living room: WIZARD Studios!
WIZARD Studios is an evolution of Band's iconic WIZARD Video label, the home video imprint that blazed trails in the early 1980's, bringing the world's weirdest horror, fantasy and exploitation films to audiences everywhere via big box rental and sell-through VHS. WIZARD Video (the successor to Band's landmark Meda Home Video label) not only pioneered many concepts in how we watch films, it introduced young audiences to a cavalcade of exciting, erotic, esoteric and avant-garde international genre films and auteurs with such now celebrated pictures as Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE, Meir Zarchi's I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, Jess Franco's OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES and A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD and Joe D'Amato's MONSTER HUNTER (aka ABSURD). Many of these legendary releases are now highly sought after and WIZARD Video maintains a level of myth among serious film culture collectors.
Now, inspired in part by the unprecedented success of Band's Full Moon Streaming initiative (www.FullMoonStreaming.com
), WIZARD Video has been reborn, this time as WIZARD Studios, an exciting acquisition program and distribution outfit designed to spotlight rising independent filmmakers and their cutting-edge genre pictures.
Here's how it works:
Filmmakers are invited to submit their feature length, undistributed films to WIZARD Studios and, after an internal screening process from the WIZARD Studios team, a new movie will be selected every week to premiere -with much fanfare, including stills, trailers and other promotional tools - on the WIZARD Studios portal located at FullMoonStreaming.com
. Filmmakers will then promote their film and share it with cast, crew, friends and family, encouraging them to sign up for a minimum three month term to FullMoonStreaming.com (a rate of only $18.00) . As soon as the filmmaker signs up just 50 people, he or she will automatically receive a $2500.00 advance and WIZARD Studios/FULL MOON FEATURES will additionally distribute the film on DVD and other high profile digital platforms. The filmmaker will then receive an additional 50% of all sales from said product.
"We're incredibly excited to re-launch Wizard Studios as a portal to spotlight the best in new genre filmmaking talent," said Full Moon Features and Wizard Studios founder and president, Charles Band.
"The spirit of Wizard Video was to always champion films that defied the conventions of the mainstream. We're thrilled to be able to provide an outlet to do this again, working with filmmakers from the ground up to nurture and support their vision."
Visit for details on how you can be part of the new WIZARD STUDIOS cinema streaming and distribution program
A CLASSIC BRAND.
EXCITING NEW MOVIES.
Charles Band is available for interviews upon request and as schedules allow. Please see the video here at the Wizard Studios page, which features Charles Band himself explaining the concept and reasoning behind this venture!
About Full Moon Streaming
For only $6.99 per month, subscribers can stream titles directly and instantly on all devices, allowing them to watch their favorite films anywhere, at anytime. A mobile-friendly version is optimized for iPhone, Android, iPad, and tablets that is nearly identical to the desktop version. Titles include such cult favorites as Band's PUPPET MASTER series, SUBSPECIES, DEMONIC TOYS, and other premieres such as the lost TRANCERS sequel, PULSEPOUNDERS and the sequel to cult favorite THE DUNGEONMASTER. Since its merger with GrindhouseFlix.Com, FullMoonStreaming.com also has an extensive collection of incredibly rare B-Movies as well.
FullMoonStreaming.com will be interactive in ways that fans have never seen before, including opportunities to bring home items featured on screen and see rare exclusive extras.
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About Charles Band & Full Moon Features
Charles Band founded MEDA Home Entertainment in the late 1970's, one of the first independent video distribution operations in America. With the foresight that home video was the future, a vision few others shared, he helped pave the way for the colossal home video boom to come. In the 1980's, Band produced such hit cult favorites as GHOULIES, RE-ANIMATOR, THE DUNGEONMASTER, DOLLS, TROLL, ROBOT JOX, and many more.
Band founded Full Moon Features in 1989 following the early 80s success with Wizard Video, which released such cult classics as ZOMBIE 2, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE on VHS. Wizard video was celebrated for their shocking and incomparable box art, especially after their switch to the "big box" format.
Band soon teamed with Paramount Pictures and Pioneer Home Entertainment for direct-to-video releases on VHS and Laserdisc. With upwards of twenty releases per year, Band has also built a reputation as a prolific and frequent director of entertaining low-budget genre films. In all, Band has produced almost three hundred features variously delving into the realms of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and family films under its Moonbeam Films label.
The Puppet Master series is considered to be Band's most celebrated and popular franchise. The latest installment, PUPPET MASTER X: AXIS RISING, is the 10th film of the most successful direct to video horror franchise of all time. Full Moon has created many other well-known franchises such as the TRANCERS series, starring Helen Hunt and Tim Thomerson, the Subspecies series shot on-location in Transylvania, Romania, as well as DOLLMAN, DEMONIC TOYS, KILLJOY and THE GINGERDEAD MAN (starring Gary Busey as a killer cookie!). Full Moon's recent releases include the Blaxploitation horror film OOGA BOOGA starring veteran actors Karen Black and Stacy Keach, the Blu-ray release of the critically acclaimed vampire series Subspecies, and two new grindhouse releases including RIOT IN A WOMEN'S PRISON and SS HELLCAMP.
Full Moon titles can be found at all major video retailer outlets, Red Box, and Netflix. Full Moon films are distributed in North America on Pay Per View and Video on Demand, including Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T U-Verse. Full Moon movies are also available from sources as diverse as Walmart, Amazon, iTunes, Prescreen, and FlixFling. In addition to feature films, Full Moon is also very active in creating and marketing a wide variety of merchandise including original action figures, resin statues and 1:1 scale replicas of its better-known puppets and dolls.