Charles Band

Producer, Executive, Director
A pioneer in the field of home video, Band has built a reputation as a prolific and fairly reliable producer and frequent director of entertaining low-budget genre films. Beginning in 1973 with the erotic comedy "Last ... Read more »
Born: 12/27/1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (108)

Pulse Pounders 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Gingerdead Man 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Retro Puppetmaster 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Trancers 6 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Demonicus 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Aliens in the Wild Wild West 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blood Dolls 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Killjoy 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ragdoll 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dead Hate the Living! 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Horrible Doctor Bones 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Totem 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Witchouse 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Witchouse II 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Curse of the Puppet Master 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Talisman 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Vampire Journals 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Head of the Family 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hideous! 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Magic Island 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Primevils 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Shriek 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Creeps 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Castle Freak 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Magic in the Mirror 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Magic in the Mirror: Fowl Play 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Oblivion 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Backlash: Oblivion 2 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dino Knights: Josh Kirby...Time Warrior! 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Eggs From 70 Million B.C.: Josh Kirby...Time Warrior! 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Invisible: The Chronicles of Benjamin Knight 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Leapin' Leprechauns! 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pet Shop 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Prehisteria! 3 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Puppet Master 5 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shrunken Heads 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shrunken Heads 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Human Pets: Josh Kirby...Time Warrior! 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Arcade 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bloodstone: Subspecies II 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dark Angel: The Ascent 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dragonworld 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lurking Fear 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Prehysteria! 2 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Puppet Master 4 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Remote 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Robot Wars 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trancers 4: Jack of Swords 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Trancers 5 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bloodlust: Subspecies III 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Doctor Mordrid 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dollman vs. Demonic Toys 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mandroid 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Netherworld 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Prehysteria! 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Arena 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bad Channels 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Demonic Toys 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Seedpeople 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Spellcaster 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Subspecies 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Pit and the Pendulum 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Trancers III: Deth Lives 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crash and Burn 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dollman 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Meridian: Kiss of the Beast 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Puppet Master II: Shadow Zone 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Robot Jox 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Shadowzone 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Buy and Cell 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Catacombs 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Deadly Weapon 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ghost Town 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ghoulies II 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Intruder 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Prison 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Puppet Master 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Transformations 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dolls 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Enemy Territory 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crawlspace 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Eliminators 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

From Beyond 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Swordkill 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

TerrorVision 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Caller 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dungeonmaster 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Troll 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ghoulies 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Zone Troopers 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Parasite 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Day Time Ended 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tourist Trap 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Adult Fairy Tales 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Laserblast 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

End of the World 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Other Cinderella 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Terror of Dr. Chancey 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Last Foxtrot In Burbank 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crash 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beanstalk (TV Show)

Producer

Devil Dolls (Movie)

(Producer)

Invisible (Movie)

(Producer)

The Killer Eye (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (23)

Pulse Pounders 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gingerdead Man 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Man's Hand 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Doll Graveyard 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Mystery Monsters 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Blood Dolls 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Head of the Family 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Hideous! 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Creeps 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Doctor Mordrid 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Dollman vs. Demonic Toys 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Prehysteria! 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Crash and Burn 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Meridian: Kiss of the Beast 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dungeonmaster 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Alchemist 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Trancers 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Parasite 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Last Foxtrot In Burbank 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Crash 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Devil Dolls (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (20)

Alien Arsenal 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

From Story

Blood Dolls 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Blood Dolls 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Totem 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Witchouse 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Oblivion 1995 (Movie)

(From Story)

Backlash: Oblivion 2 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

Leapin' Leprechauns! 1994 (Movie)

from original characters (Characters as Source Material)

Puppet Master 5 1994 (Movie)

from original story idea (From Story)

Shrunken Heads 1994 (Movie)

from original story idea (From Story)

Dragonworld 1993 (Movie)

from original story idea (From Story)

Dollman vs. Demonic Toys 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

Subspecies 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

Meridian: Kiss of the Beast 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

Puppet Master 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Puppet Master 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Dungeonmaster 1986 (Movie)

("Heavy Metal") (Screenplay)

The Dungeonmaster 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)
Actor (2)

Rewind This! 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Troll 1986 (Movie)

Young Husband on TV (Actor)
Music (1)

Demonic Toys 1991 (Movie)

(Music)
Other (17)

Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns 1995 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Arcade 1993 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Bloodstone: Subspecies II 1993 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Dark Angel: The Ascent 1993 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Puppet Master 4 1993 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Remote 1993 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Robot Wars 1993 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Trancers 4: Jack of Swords 1993 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Bloodlust: Subspecies III 1992 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Doctor Mordrid 1992 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Mandroid 1992 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Netherworld 1992 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Bad Channels 1991 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Demonic Toys 1991 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Seedpeople 1991 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Dollman 1990 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Puppet Master II: Shadow Zone 1990 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

A pioneer in the field of home video, Band has built a reputation as a prolific and fairly reliable producer and frequent director of entertaining low-budget genre films. Beginning in 1973 with the erotic comedy "Last Foxtrot in Burbank" (featuring Sally Marr, mother of celebrated comic Lenny Bruce), Band has produced a string of features variously delving into the realms of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Many of these were met with mainstream critical disdain and spotty regional releases. Detecting a potential gold mine in the explosion of the direct-to-video market and the omnipresent programming demands of cable in the late 1980s, Band formed Full Moon Entertainment, a marketing and production entity designed to release modestly budgeted "brand-name" fantasy movies directly to video stores without theatrical release. (Paramount Pictures handled the video distribution.)

Relationships

Meda

Wife
divorced Band named his first video label, Meda Home Entertainment, after her

Albert Band

Father
born 5/7/24 in Paris, France apprenticed under John Huston as a production assistant and assistant director reportedly contributed to screenplay of "The Asphalt Jungle" co-wrote Huston's adaptation of "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951) worked briefly in 1950s live TV made American independent genre films directed genre films in Italy collaborated with son on films including "The Terror of Dr. Chancey" (1975), "Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn" (1983), "Ghoulies II" (1988) co-direc

Harlan Band

Son
born on February 11, 1991

Zalman Band

Son
born on November 29, 1995

Richard Band

Brother
born on December 28, 1953 scored many productions Band produced and/or directed, including "Laserblast" (1978), "The Alchemist" (1981), "The Dungeonmaster" (1983), "TerrorVision" (1986), "Crash and Burn" (1990) and "Dollman vs. the Demonic Toys" (1993)

Max Band

Grandfather
Impressionist

Debra Dion

Wife
met Band while a production assistant on his "Parasite" (11982) executive vice president, Full Moon Entertainment head of Moonbeam division

EDUCATION

Overseas School of Rome

Milestones

1994

Restructured company's marketing plan after encountering funding difficulty

1994

Full Moon expanded to include two new subsidiary labels--Moonbeam, for family genre pictures, and Torchlight, for erotic adult material

1992

Embarked on a 20-city tour to introduce himself and the Full Moon product to video retailers

1988

Formed Full Moon Entertainment and named himself chairman and CEO

1988

Sold Empire to Epic after changing economic conditions necessitated closing down the Rome studio

1984

Produced "Trancers", the first Empire production to be shot overseas (in Rome)

1984

Purchased the former de Laurentiis Studio in Rome; also bought a castle outside of Rome the following year

1984

Produced and directed one of his best and most successful films, "Trancers", about time-traveling cop Jack Deth; spawned four sequels under the Full Moon banner

1983

Formed production and distribution company, Empire Pictures

1980

Sold out his interest in Meda Home Entertainment (subsequently renamed Media Home Entertainment); reported resold to Heron for $20 million 18 months later

1978

Assembled a limited catalog of independent titles and formed Meda Home Entertainment, a successful video distribution label

1973

Feature debut as producer-director, "Last Foxtrot in Burbank", a soft-core erotic comedy

1972

Returned to the US at age 21 (date approximate)

1962

Made feature acting debut at age 11 (with nine-year-old brother Richard) in "The Avenger", a Hercules imitation starring Steve Reeves

1961

Moved with family to Italy at age nine (date approximate)

Worked on his father's film sets, doing everything from numbering negatives to assisting with cameras and sound equipment

Sold ties on Hollywood Boulevard; subsequently launched a successful gift item business

Formed Charles Band Productions

Began making his own little films as a teen

Built new corporate headquarters and production facility in Glendale, CA

Formed a studio partnership in Romania

Started the Wizard label to distribute a number of rare and cult European films in the US (sometimes under alternate titles) as well as independent genre titles such as "I Spit on Your Grave" (1979)

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