FULL MOON SUBLABEL WIZARD STUDIOS ANNOUNCES FIRST 3 FILMS: Charles Band and Full Moon launch new distribution label for independent horror and genre filmmakers, First three titles: VAMPIE, VIRGINIA OBSCURA and VILLANELLE.
January 14th, 2014 - 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 presents a triple shot of indie shock!
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. 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.
After receiving a staggering level of submissions since the announcement in December 2013, the WIZARD team have screened all of them and are proud to announce the movies selected for the first wave of release, including:
VAMPIE (Dir:Melissa Tracy and Markus Innocenti, premiering February 14th, 2014)
By far the most far-out of the inaugural WIZARD lineup is filmmaker/actress Ming Ballard’s deranged and hilarious horror comedy VAMPIE, in which a neurotic vampire named Azure (played by Ballard) betrays her allergy to blood by finding sustenance in the plasma pastry of the title. Ballard is said to be the first Asian-American woman to star in and produce her own film with widespread distribution.
VIRGINIA OBSCURA (Dir: Toby Osborne, premiering February 21st, 2014)
Director Toby Osborne’s art-house slasher mystery is a contemporary giallo and stars the legendary Linnea Quigley (who also stars in Full Moon’s new upcoming web series TROPHY HEADS) and rising scream queen Jessica Cameron in a dreamy, sleazy low budget gem of voyeuristic terror.
VILLANELLE (Dir.Rick Laprade, premiering February 28th, 2014)
This jet black and atmospheric shocker is a masterclass in making a massive impact with very little money and plenty of style. In it, an alcoholic detective gets sucked into a nightmarish world when he finds a girl, nearly dead and with dark secrets that slowly alter his perceptions of his own reality.
All three films will premiere EXCLUSIVELY at http://www.FullMoonStreaming.com/ with select DVD releases soon to follow.
“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.
“These first three films offer the kind of go-for-broke indie spirit that we at Full Moon have forever championed. Each one stretches their respective budgets and offer the kind of weird, witty and out-there aesthetic that the mainstream just cannot and will never deliver. I can’t wait for fans to check them out!”
WIZARD Studios is an interactive distribution initiative in which fans and filmmakers support each other. Visit http://www.FullMoonStreaming.com/wizard for details on how you can submit your film and be part of the new WIZARD Studios cinema streaming and distribution program!
WIZARD STUDIOS: A CLASSIC BRAND. EXCITING NEW MOVIES.
For over four delirious decades, filmmaker Charles Band has steadily pumped out a dizzying wealth of some of cinema’s weirdest and wildest horror, fantasy and exploitation genre movies with his iconic labels “Empire Pictures” and “Full Moon Features.” Along the way he has nurtured and enabled such talents as Stuart Gordon, Barbara Crampton, David Schmoeller, Demi Moore, Michael Pataki, Helen Hunt, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Lee, Tim Thomerson, John Carl Buechler, Don Mancini, Timothy Van Patton, Jeffrey Combs, Michael Moriarty, Andrew Prine, Klaus Kinski, Sherilyn Fenn and hundreds upon hundreds of others in films as beloved as TOURIST TRAP, RE-ANIMATOR, GHOULIES, DOLLS, FROM BEYOND, PARASITE, PUPPETMASTER, SUBSPECIES, HEAD OF THE FAMILY and THE GINGERDEAD MAN. Many of these pictures are considered bona fide classics and some even cited as landmark dark fantasy entertainments.