Watch: Documentary 'Celluloid Wizards in the Video Wasteland' Trailer
"They came from another time, they came from another world…" A new trailer has debuted online for a documentary called Celluloid Wizards in the Video Wasteland, about the rise and fall of independent production company Empire Pictures. Similar to the documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, this film examines the story of producer Charles Band and the crappy D-movies he made back in the 1980s. Empire is most well known for making cult favorite genre films like Re-Animator, Ghoulies, Robot Jox, Trancers, and From Beyond, to name a few (any of these your favorites?). It's always fascinating to take a closer look at how films like this were made, especially considering they figured out how finance and find people to work on them. This trailer is mostly footage from their films, but I still dig it.
Trailer for Celluloid Wizards in the Video Wasteland: The Saga of Empire Pictures, on Vimeo:
Scientists. Psychopaths. Aliens. Mutants. Cyborgs. Trolls. Valet Girls. Sorority Babes. These are only a few of the extraordinary characters that populated the cinematic universe of Empire Pictures, the short-lived film studio founded in the 1980’s by legendary B-movie producer Charles Band. While other independent studios were targeting the growing home video market, Band was producing low-budget horror and fantasy features for multiplexes worldwide. But, while Band ambitiously exclaimed "2,000 movies by the year 2000", his newfound studio was rapidly crumbling beneath him. His unbridled passion for motion picture marketing and distribution clashed with scandalous banking practices, largely due to a turbulent relationship with the infamous Crédit Lyonnais. But what really caused the youthful film company to crash and burn upon the sticky floors of empty movie theaters? The documentary is directed by Daniel Griffith, and was funded on Kickstarter. No release is date set yet. For more info, visit their official website.