Charles Band’s Wizard Studios Unveils First Films
Charles Band, he of Full Moon Features and Wizard Video, has relaunched the Wizard name in the interest of acquiring and distributing the work of independent genre filmmakers via On Demand site Full Moon Streaming. Having announced his latest film adventure last month, Band & Co. are now ready to reveal the first titles from the brand new Wizard Studios, including a neo-giallo with Linnea Quigley and more.
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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 & Markus Innocenti, premiering February 14th, 2014)
By far the most far-out of the inaugural WIZARD lineup is producer/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 direct 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 Full Moon Streaming 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!”