It Came from the Video Aisle!
Published by Schiffer Publishing, 2017. 480 pages.
By Dave Jay, William S. Wilson, & Torsten Dewi
You couldn’t have grown up in the video store era of the late ’80s/early ’90s, and not know who Full Moon Entertainment was. In fact, their product was usually all over the shelves in the horror section. They really were a staple of the horror market back then. Sure, it didn’t matter if most of the films weren’t any good, there were sure enough of them to make you hope that maybe the one you were currently holding in your hands would be one of the good ones! All seriousness aside, we all know the quality of the end result in a majority of Full Moon titles are, but no matter what, you have to give them, and Charles Band, credit for what they were continuing to do, which was making low budget features the old fashion way…a lot of work and a lot of ballyhoo. There are more than a few of Full Moon’s titles that I actually enjoy, but nowhere near is that a high percentage. But just as started into this new book on the company and the man behind it, I was amazed at how it drew me in more and more into the world of Full Moon, and those fighting for the cause of low budget filmmaking.
Authors Jay, Wilson, and Dewi (and a few more writers) have done an amazing job capturing the feel of what it was like to work for Full Moon. You get to hear plenty of stories firsthand, from the people that were in the trenches, from the screenwriters to directors to effects artist to the guys creating the memorable poster or video box art, all telling the tales of being on Charles Band’s payroll. There maybe be more than a few negative comments within these stories, but it gives the reader a perfect look inside this small studio.
This book covers it all and so much more, which is where the real beauty of this title comes through. You’ll hear stories of when they created their studio location over in Romania, the ins-and-outs of working with Paramount, last minute changes with stories, crews, directors, stars, and so much more. No matter how you feel about the actual movies coming from Full Moon, I guarantee you that after you read through It Came from the Video Aisles!, you’ll be thinking about re-watching some of these titles just to see what you think about them now. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll look at them with a little less critical eye and just sit back and enjoy.
I would highly recommend this book. If you’re a fan of Full Moon, then it’s an obvious decision. But even if you’re not, I think you’ll be amazed at how entertaining of a read you’ll find this, not to mention giving you a whole new insight and appreciation for one of the biggest low-budget filmmaking studios in history.