Thursday, September 29, 2011

VHS Memories II: Old School Charles Band

For the second edition of VHS Memories, I thought I'd take a look at some old Charles Band films.  Band is a staple of b-movies with several companies (most notably Empire Pictures in the eighties and Full Moon in the nineties) and is one of the most prolific producers working today.  I'll be looking at some of his Empire output as well as some earlier stuff.  Let's begin.

Let's begin with one his first movies, the 1978 cheese fest Laserblast.  A very good cover for as very bad movie.  The best thing I can say about this film is that MST3K did a fine job making it somewhat tolerable.

Here's a funky little number with Richard Moll as an evil being who forces a kid to go through several; challenges in order to save the love of his life.  Probably best known for the line "I reject your reality and substitue my own!" which anyone who is a fan of Mythbusters knows quite well.

Terrorvision is another fun movie from Empire.  It's a dark comedy about a family who beams a horrible creature into their house through a sattellite dish.  It's good harmless fun.

Here's an early appearance from Demi Moore in Band's shot at the 3-D craze in the early 80's.

A better effort is  Tourist Trap, from 1979.  It's a truly bizarre little slasher movie with a nice, eerie tone that is way better than it has any right to be.

Here's a trio of films Band produced for director Tim Kincaid.  They have a few things in common.  All three are some of the first films ever made strictly for home video,  all are low budget schlock fests, and all three absolutely suck.


Even badder

MST3K fodder

We'll end things for now with End of the World,  an early effort from Band made a year before Laserblast.  Christopher Lee headlines as an alien visitor disguised as a priest who has come to take his fellow aliens (mostly disguised as nuns) home before  the world blows up.  It's an agreeably low budget drive-in flick with cheesy effects and a real seventies feel to it, as one would expect from a film made in the late seventies.   It's not what anyone would call a good movie but it's perfectly acceptable MST3K fodder.

Just a note, I found this film on one those great 50 movie packs that generally represent the film buff's answer to the question "Do you have a gambling problem?"


  1. Thanks. I'm hoping to post one or two more of of these in the next week or so.

  2. Cool! Looking forward to it.


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