Trancers is a 1984 American science fiction film directed by Charles Band and starring Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Art LaFleur. It is the first film in the Trancers series; the film revolves around Jack Deth, a Philip Marlowe-esque police detective from the 23rd century who travels to the 1980s in order to bring his old nemesis to justice. The film portrays a unique method of time travel: People can travel back in time by injecting themselves with a drug that allows them to take over the body of an ancestor. Jack Deth is a police trooper in the year 2247, hunting down Martin Whistler, a criminal mastermind who uses psychic powers to turn people into mindless "trancers" and carry out his orders. Deth can identify a tranced individual by scanning them with a special bracelet. All trancers appear as normal humans at first, but once triggered, they become savage killers with twisted features. Before he can be caught, Whistler escapes back in time using a drug-induced time-traveling technique. Whistler's consciousness leaves his body in 2247 and travels down his ancestral bloodline arriving in 1985 and taking over the body of an ancestor, a Los Angeles police detective named Weisling.
Once Deth discovers what Whistler has done, he destroys Whistler's body—effectively leaving him trapped in the past with no vessel to return to—and chases after him through time the same way. Deth ends up in the body of one of his ancestors: a journalist named Phil Dethton. With the help of Phil's girlfriend—a punk rock girl named Leena —Deth goes after Whistler, who has begun to "trance" other victims. Whistler plots to eliminate the future governing council members of Angel City, who are being systematically wiped out of existence by Whistler's murder spree of their own ancestors. Deth arrives too late to prevent most of the murders and can only safeguard Hap Ashby, a washed-up former pro baseball player, the ancestor of the last surviving council member, Chairman Ashe. Deth is given some high-tech equipment, sent to him in the past: his sidearm, a "long-second" wristwatch, which temporarily slows time, stretching one second to ten; the watch has only enough power for one use, but he receives another watch to pull the same trick again.
During the end fight with Whistler, one of the drug vials in Jack's gun breaks, leaving only one vial to get home. Jack is forced to make a choice: kill the innocent Weisling, or use the vial to send Whistler back to 2247, which would strand Jack in the present. Jack chooses to inject Weisling with the vial, saving the lieutenant's life but condemning Whistler to an eternity without a body to return to. Jack decides to remain with Leena in 1985, although observing him from the shadows is McNulty, his boss from the future, who has traveled down his own ancestral line, ending up in the body of a young girl. Tim Thomerson as Trooper Jack Deth/Phil Dethton Helen Hunt as Leena Michael Stefani as Martin Whistler/Police Detective Weisling Art LaFleur as McNulty Alyson Croft as "Baby" McNulty Telma Hopkins as Engineer Ruth "Ruthie" Raines Richard Herd as Chairman Spencer Anne Seymour as Chairman Margaret Ashe Peter Schrum as Santa Clause Barbara Perry as Mrs. Santa Claus Biff Manard as Hap Ashby Richard Erdman as Drunken Wise Man Wiley Harker as Dapper Old Man Miguel Fernandes as Officer Lopez Trancers on IMDb Trancers at AllMovie Trancers at Rotten Tomatoes
Crash and Burn (1990 film)
Crash and Burn is a 1990 American science fiction film directed by Charles Band. It was titled Robot Jox 2: Crash and Burn in most European markets, despite not being related to Band's 1990 film Robot Jox. Unicom is a powerful organization overseeing most of the world after its economic collapse, they have banned computers and robots in an attempt to ensure "life and the pursuit of economic stability." When a Unicom Synth robot infiltrates a southwest TV station and kills the manager, a revolutionary against the gestapo-like corporation, a lowly Unicom delivery man, must help the rest of the station survive through the incoming "thermal storm." Paul Ganus as Tyson Keen Megan Ward as Arren Jack McGee as Winston Wickett Eva LaRue as Parice Crash and Burn was titled Robot Jox 2 in most European markets at the time of release, but renamed when re-released on DVD. Despite the title, same opening theme, involvement of Charles Band, reused cover art, the plots of Robot Jox 2: Crash and Burn and Robot Jox are unrelated.
The film was discontinued for copyright reasons. The DVD contained a widescreen print of the film; the film was released onto DVD again through the Charles Band DVD Collection, released in 2006. The boxset contains Meridian: Kiss of the Beast, Doctor Mordrid, Head of the Family; the film was again released on DVD by Shout! Factory on June 14, 2011, as a double feature DVD with Robot Wars. Robot Wars - a 1993 film marketed as a sequel to Robot Jox Crash and Burn on IMDb
Puppet Master (franchise)
Puppet Master is an American horror film franchise which focuses on a group of anthropomorphic puppets animated by an Egyptian spell, each equipped with its own unique and dangerous device and are represented as heroes and antagonists. Produced by Full Moon Features, the series was established in 1989 with the eponymous first installment, which has since been followed by ten sequels, a non-canon crossover with the characters of Demonic Toys, a 2018 reboot Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, two comic book mini-series, an ongoing comic book series and numerous other collector's items. After the collapse of his film studio, Empire Pictures, Charles Band relocated to the United States and opened Full Moon Productions. Band's goal with Full Moon was to create low budget horror, science fiction and fantasy films which mirrored the quality of films with more generous budgets. After partnering with Paramount Pictures and Pioneer Home Entertainment, Full Moon began production on its first feature film, Puppet Master, which had a premise similar to an earlier Empire film produced by Band, Dolls.
Intended for theatrical release in summer 1989, Puppet Master was pushed to a direct-to-video release on October 12, 1989, as Band felt he was to make more money this way than he would in the theatrical market. Puppet Master proved to be a success, the film's cult status has led to the production of nine sequels, as well as a non-canon crossover with another Full Moon series, Demonic Toys. A documentary featurette titled No Strings Attached was included on Laserdisc pressings. 1990 saw the release of a sequel, Puppet Master II, in 1991, Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge, the latter a series prequel. Toulon's Revenge was the first installment to feature Guy Rolfe in the role of puppeteer Andre Toulon. Rolfe reprised the role of Toulon for three additional films. After his death in 2003, he posthumously appeared in Puppet Master: The Legacy through extensive use of archival footage. In 1993 Full Moon began shooting another two sequels Puppet Master 4 and Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter; the latter, as the title indicates, was intended to be the final installment of the series.
After the release of The Final Chapter in September 1994, Full Moon opted to retire Puppet Master and announced that a spin-off trilogy titled "Puppet Wars" would begin production in 1995. The spin-off trilogy was cancelled, leaving the series to continue its legacy through merchandising and a growing cult following. Due to demand from video retailers and fans for a new installment of the series, four years after its retirement the Puppet Master franchise was revived by the production of a sixth entry, Curse of the Puppet Master, in 1998; this was the first installment not to have David W. Allen involved with stop-motion special effects. By this time Paramount had ended its deal with Full Moon, so to conserve costs the film used a combination of rod and string puppets, as well as archival footage. In September of the following year, Full Moon Features released Totem, featuring characters similar to the Totems of the fourth Puppet Master installment. In 1999, a second prequel was released, titled Retro Puppet Master.
The original idea for the seventh installment was for it to take place following Toulon's Revenge, with Toulon and his puppets escaping Germany by train, after which they are confronted by Nazis and demons. This idea was abandoned because the distributor, the Kushner Locke Company, thought it would offend the German audience, although it formed the basis for the ninth installment of the series, Puppet Master: Axis of Evil. Retro Puppet Master was an anomaly to the series, in that the main theme composed by Richard Band was absent, with its PG-13 rating, this was the first film in the series not to be rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. An eighth entry, Puppet Master: The Legacy, was released in 2004, however only a fraction of the film contains original footage; the same year, a crossover film featuring the animated playthings of Full Moon's Puppet Master and Demonic Toys series aired on Sci Fi Channel, although it did not take place in the same continuity as either of those franchises.
In 2005, Charles Band alluded to a possible Puppet Master television series, called Puppet Wars, expressed interest in seeing a video game adaptation of the franchise developed. In June 2008, Band announced that a ninth installment of the series is planned, tentatively subtitled Axis of Evil. In March 2009, it was reported that Band is interested in remaking 1989's Puppet Master in 3-D; the original film was reissued by Razor Digital in 2007 in DualDisc format, featuring both standard and stereoscopic versions. In June of 2009, the Full Moon website posted updates about the latest Puppet Master film, revealing the roster of puppets to be included, as well as the principal cast members, Levi Fiehler and Jerry Hoffman. In 2010, Puppet Master: Axis of Evil was released on DVD, Blu-ray, streaming sites. In 2012 Full Moon released the tenth installment, entitled Puppet Master X: Axis Rising, which continued the story and events from the previous film. In 2017, Full Moon announced that Puppet Master: Axis Termination would debut on Full Moon Streaming in three parts starting in September 2017.
In 2018 a reboot was produced under the title Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. As the Puppet Master series expanded, a number of con
Alexander Max Band is an American singer, musician, record producer and actor, best known for his work under the band name The Calling and their hit song "Wherever You Will Go", which topped the Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks and garnered the number one spot on Billboard magazine's "top 10 hits of the last decade". Along with friend and fellow songwriter Aaron Kamin, lead guitarist of The Calling, they achieved success with the release of two studio albums, they achieved number one hits across the world with singles "Adrienne", "Our Lives", "Things Will Go My Way". As a solo artist, Alex Band is well known for providing the vocals and face to the top five hit, "Why Don't You & I" with Carlos Santana in 2004. In 2008, he created his own record label, AMB Records and released a five-song EP entitled Alex Band EP. Band released his debut full-length album, We've All Been There in June 2010 which had the hit song, "Tonight", the theme song for the 2011 World Cup, he resides in Los Angeles. Alex Band was born in Los Angeles, into an entertainment family.
His mother is Meda Band, his father, Charles Band, is a well known horror film director. His grandfather Albert Band was another well known director. Band's father is Jewish and his mother is Christian. Both his parents were raised in Italy and they owned a castle in Giove, Umbria. Band explores spiritual themes in several of his songs though claims to be of no particular faith himself. Of the song "Please" Band said, "... I grew up with a Jewish father who didn't practice and a Christian mother whose only tie to Jesus was celebrating Christmas. Needless to say I had to find my own religion, and in this song I'm asking God what that should be...what should I believe? In a world so full of different religions and so many people fighting over whose belief is the correct one, it frustrates me to think that they all boil down to the same thing."At a young age, Band's parents divorced and his father remarried. He grew up with two of his half-brothers Harlan and Zalman, his sister Taryn. After his parents divorce, his mother moved to Germany.
Band was about 8 at the time. She had 3 sons after her move, who Band met when he toured Germany; the single "Could It Be Any Harder" explains some of his feelings towards his mother's move. Growing up Band made small appearances in his father's films, he grew up on Camino Palmero street, which would inspire his first album of the same name. He began playing guitar and song writing at the age of 8. Musically, Band was influenced by Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Train, U2. At the age of 14 he had a kokopelli tattooed on his wrist; this would become a symbol for The Calling. He soon formed his first band with friend and filmmaker, Jethro Rothe-Kushel, called "Maybe Solitude". Rothe-Kushel directed his first music video for a song called "Dormant Prayer". After the band disbanded, Band met Aaron Kamin, they both began writing songs and jamming as far back as 1996 and soon formed the band "Generation Gap" that consisted of him and Kamin, a musician he met when Kamin began dating his sister, a few much older musicians.
At this stage, the band had saxophonist, Benny Golbin, giving the songs a more jazzy sound reminiscent of Dave Matthews Band. Band and Kamin ditched the "Gap" lineup, switched their name to "Next Door", which itself was a nod to Ron Fair, a veteran music business executive and Band's neighbor. Kamin and Band began focusing on songwriting more, as Band's signature baritone voice began to mature, the duo began leaving demo tapes of new songs and ideas for Fair in his mailbox, they found a similar sound amongst such ready-for-radio rock acts of the early 21st century as Matchbox Twenty, Third Eye Blind and Fastball. By 1999, Fair was impressed enough by the demos to sign them to a record deal with RCA, they changed their name to The Calling. At the age of 15 Band signed with RCA Records with the band he had created with Kamin now named The Calling. At this time he dropped out of school though he received a diploma through home schooling; the Calling released their first single "Wherever You Will Go" to much acclaim.
The song soon reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot AC charts for 23 weeks and peaked at number 5 on the Hot 100 charts, as well as becoming an international hit. The band's first album Camino Palmero soon followed peaking at number 36 on the Billboard Sales charts and went Platinum; the band's next singles, "Adrienne" and "Could It Be Any Harder" soon followed charting in the AC top 40. However, by 2004 the second album titled, Two failed to live up to expectations charting at number 54 on Billboard Top 200; the album suffered from a lack of label support though the singles fared better. The first single, "Our Lives" was featured in the 2004 Olympics ceremony, charted at number 34 in the Billboard top 40. A final single, "Anything" performed decently with little promotion, charting at number 23 in the Adult Top 40. After the lack of label support with "Two", the band announced a hiatus. On June 4, 2005 they performed their last concert to date in Temecula, CA. During and after his time in The Calling and Kamin co-wrote all of the band's songs.
They wrote songs for several other artists as well as for several movie soundtracks, most of which Band would perform on. One of the first such tracks was the single; the OST peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Top 200. A cover of "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" was recorded for the movie Sweet Home Alabama. Band recorded a
Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong
Evil Bong 3-D: The Wrath of Bong is a 2011 comedy film directed by Charles Band and the third film in the Evil Bong series, following Evil Bong 2: King Bong. The film was released on April 8, 2011 through Full Moon Entertainment and was given a limited theatrical release road tour. Evil Bong was shot in 3D and utilized scratch and sniff cards that film viewers could smell at certain times during the film. An evil alien bong crashes to earth from outer space; the film's heroes are held captive by nude alien beauties. Their only hope to escape and save planet earth: Eebee, the original Evil Bong. Circus-Szalewski as The Voice of The Alien Bong Michelle Mais as The Voice of EeBee Irwin Keyes as The Killer Christina DeRosa as Nurse Hookah Robin Sydney as Luann Amy Paffrath as Velicity Peter Stickles as Alistair McDowell Eden Modiano as Devil Chick Dena Kollar as Angel Chick Sonny Carl Davis as Rabbit John Patrick Jordan as Larnell Mitch Eakins as Bachman Jacob Witkin as Gramps Brian Lloyd as Brett Nina Estes as Graffiti Chick Tara Spadaro as TV Chick Fangoria gave the film one and a half skulls, saying that it "may fall short of entertaining via either the lame film or poorly executed gimmicks, but it’s not for lack of trying".
HorrorNews.net gave a positive review for Evil Bong 3D, stating that fans of the series would enjoy the entry as it was "more of the same" and "trumps the previous sequel". Charles Band has announced on his vid cast that they will shoot for Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong on IMDb Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong at AllMovie Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong at Box Office Mojo Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong at Rotten Tomatoes
The Calling is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1996 by lead singer Alex Band and guitarist Aaron Kamin. They are best known for their hit single, "Wherever You Will Go", which topped the Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks, making it the second longest running number one in the chart’s history and named the number one song of the decade of 2000s on the Adult Pop Charts by Billboard magazine, their debut album Camino Palmero was a commercial success. Their second album Two, was released in June 2004, its lead single "Our Lives" was featured in the closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics as well as the opening song of the 78th annual Academy Awards. The band broke up in 2005. In 2013, The Calling reformed with a new lineup and have announced new music to be released in 2018; the band was formed by Aaron Kamin when Kamin was dating Band's sister. Kamin and Band began jamming and writing songs as far back as 1996, began gigging under the band name "Generation Gap" with a drummer, twice their age.
At this stage, the band included saxophonist Benny Golbin, giving the songs a more jazzy sound reminiscent of Dave Matthews Band. Band and Kamin ditched the "Gap" lineup, switched their name to "Next Door", which itself was a nod to Ron Fair, a veteran music business executive and Band's neighbor, they found their own sound amongst radio rock acts of the early 21st century such as Matchbox Twenty, Third Eye Blind and Fastball. By 1999, Fair was impressed enough by the demos to sign them to a record deal with RCA, they changed their name to "The Calling". While the RCA deal was a huge boost, it created a new problem for Band and Kamin: they had no solid band and, had hardly toured and built a fanbase. Rather than putting them out on the road and building regional support, Fair worked intensely with Band and Kamin for over two years perfecting the debut album; the Calling's first album was recorded from 1999–2001, with Sean Woolstenhulme, Billy Mohler, Nate Wood. The Calling's first album, Camino Palmero, was issued in July 2001 and became a hit due to the strength of its single, "Wherever You Will Go", named the No. 1 Adult Pop song of the decade by Billboard magazine.
The song was featured prominently in the television series Smallville's first-season episode "Metamorphosis". It was featured in the 2000 film Coyote Ugly with the group performing in the background in the first club scene, in early trailers in 2001 for the Star Trek prequel series Enterprise. In an episode of the CBS television drama Cold Case, "Frank's Best", the song is played at the end of the episode. Camino Palmero sold more than five million copies worldwide and was certified gold in the United States. In June 2002, Woolstenhulme left The Calling, his replacement was Dino Meneghin. Mohler and Wood left in October 2002. In November 2003, former members Wood and Mohler sued Band and the group's management, accusing them of mismanagement and asking for an audit of the money, spent during their tenures in The Calling, they claimed that they were promised a share of the royalties and profits from touring and merchandise. Band and Kamin claimed. In June 2004, the group returned with Two; the album had three singles and accompanying videos: "Our Lives", "Things Will Go My Way", "Anything".
However, Two had disappointing sales compared to their first album. After a lengthy world tour in support of the album and Band decided to disband The Calling, they played a farewell show in Temecula, California on June 6, 2005. Alex began pursuing a solo career and played occasional shows. On August 15, 2013, Alex Band reformed The Calling with new members; the band performed their comeback gig at Bally's Atlantic City on August 17. On August 18, Band was abducted by two men that robbed him, beat him and dumped him on train tracks in Lapeer, Michigan, he was taken to an emergency room at a nearby hospital, where he was released. After only a few shows, the group broke up again. In October 2016 The Calling with a new lineup performed in Philippines the following month; the Australian company "Unbreakable Touring" announced that the band were to perform in areas such as Adelaide, Brisbane and Fremantle along with the rock band Juke Kartel and newcomer Mike Waters, but this was postponed due to visa issues.
In July 2017 it was announced that The Calling would be joining Lifehouse as support acts for Live's Australian leg of their world reunion tour. Band said in an interview with Australian music website "may the rock be with you" in November 2017 that The Calling will be releasing new music in 2018; the band has cited that their influences include bands such as Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Train, U2. Studio albumsCamino Palmero Two TBA The Calling on IMDb
The Creeps (film)
The Creeps is a 1997 American comedy horror film written by Benjamin Carr and directed by Charles Band. Anna Quarrels, librarian in the Rare Books Room, is approached by Mr. Jamison from the University of Chicago who wishes to study Mary Shelley's original manuscript for "Frankenstein. After he's finished, Anna is about to return the manuscript to the stacks when she discovers that Jamison has switched blank paper for the manuscript and walked out of the library with it. Investigating, she learns he used a fake I. D. to access the Rare Books Room and so hires Private Detective. David finds fingerprints on the sign-in sheet and discovers the man claiming to be Jamison is Dr. Winston Berber, an unscrupulous scholar with doctorates in Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy. Berber is meanwhile gloating over his collection of rare manuscripts, he now seeks the first edition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" to complete his collection. Berber has invented an "Archetype Inducer" and plans to use the manuscripts to bring the four greatest monsters from horror history to life to do his bidding.
David has been so busy at the video store he runs that he has not yet located Berber, but when Berber returns to the library looking for the first edition of "Dracula", Anna recognizes him, holds him at bay with a pair of scissors, phones David and tells him to hurry over. Before David can arrive, Berber zaps Anna with a taser, steals the "Dracula" manuscript, takes both the book and Anna to his laboratory, she finds herself handcuffed to a table. Berber informs her that she is just what he needs: a virgin between the ages of 20 and 35 to be sacrificed naked in order to make the Archetype Inducer work. David breaks into the lab, he releases Anna. She grabs the manuscripts, the two hurriedly leave the lab. Berber had turned on the Archetype Inducer, while David and Anna are making their escape, the four monsters step out of the machine, but strangely, The Mummy, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman, Dracula are all midgets. Dracula is unhappy that he has been brought to life three feet tall, but Berber assures him that he and the other monsters can be increased in stature if he can recapture Anna.
The monsters offer to get her for him. Anna isn't too happy either about the $6200 invoice presented by David for his services, Anna's supervisor, Miss Christina, is herself unhappy because Anna keeps dodging her romantic advances; when her advances are again dodged, Christina stays late at the library in order to make love to the first edition of "Jane Eyre" in the Rare Book Reading Room. She hears a noise out on the floor, in investigating falls prey to Dracula's net. Back at the lab, Berber is unhappy because Christina was not Anna, insists he needs Anna. Dracula forces him to try the procedure anyway, when it does not work, the antagonists set out again to find Anna. At David's house, Dracula is unable to get Anna's address from David, tries to bite his neck. David exposes his races out the door. Assuming that he will lead them to Anna, the monsters and Berber follow as David leads them to the library; when the monsters attempt to capture Anna, David grabs Berber and threatens to break his neck if they don't leave Anna alone.
David pulls out Berber's taser to threaten Dracula, who zaps it and causes it to explode. Anna and David are taken back to the lab and Berber prepares for the procedure. Dracula asks for assurance that it will work this time, but Berber won't guarantee it because Anna is not a virgin. Dracula suggests that they find another virgin in order to go through the procedure, but Berber says that will unbalance things; the only way to keep everything balanced is to find a male virgin opposite of Anna. After asking, Dracula is assured that David is indeed a virgin, the preparations continue while David tries to come up with an idea, but at the last minute, it is Anna. She points out to the monsters that, if they stay in the real world they will die like all humans do, but if they return to the pages of the novels from whence they came, they will live on forever as the legends they are. Berber pushes the red button to start his machine, David and Anna escape from their cuffs. Rather than the two being sucked into the machine, Christina reappears as a Viking, grabs Berber, they both disappear.
Anna and David conclude that the machine turned the two into archetypes of a Viking and a mad scientist. Having had a little time to ponder Anna's idea, Dracula tells David to press the red button again, as the monsters have chosen to return to their own lands as the legends they are rather than to die in the real world. Before the four are sucked back into the pages of their respective novels, Dracula tells Anna that she is wise "for someone who has not yet lived a single lifetime, but do not fear," he adds, "we will always be with you... in your nightmares." Anna shows up at David's video store, gives him a check for $6200 and informs him that Berber's lab has been torn down. She gives him a book, the first English language edition of "Venus in Furs". David thanks her and admits that he saw the movie in "1970, directed by Jess Franco, starring Klaus Kinski. There was an earlier version directed by Larry Buchanan, the guy who did Zontar: The Thing from Venus. I think there's a'94 version