Iconic independent filmmaker Charles Band to release autobiography
Charles Band, the producer behind films like Castle monster, Puppet master, and Evil bang, is about to publish an autobiography, entitled Confessions of a Puppeteer: A Hollywood Memoir of Ghouls, Guts, and Gonzo Movie Making, by William Morrorw, an imprint from HarperCollins in November. the book will be co-authored with Adam Felber, panelist on NPR Wait wait don’t tell me. This will be the second time in a relatively short time that Band has appeared heavily in a book. The last time was It comes from the video aisle! : Inside Charles Band’s Full Moon entertainment studio, a 2017 book that examined the history of the full moon from its inception until what was then today.
Of course, telling Band’s story in their own words is a little different. Here’s how the book’s official press release describes it.
“Zombies, aliens, a little skin, a lot of gore – and even more laughter – Charles Band’s cinematic universe is legendary. Creatures invading the toilets of Ghouls to the time traveling bounty hunter Trancers to the crushed pandemic Crown zombies, Band has spent four decades giving fans of B-movies exactly what they love. It was a wild ride as Band has ridden the ups and downs of the industry, with their own lives often being as outrageous as the films they produce. In Confessions of a Puppeteer: A Hollywood Memoir of Ghouls, Guts, and Gonzo Movie Making, this sympathetic Grindhouse cinema master shares the incredible story of an ordinary film buff who lived out his passion, constantly reinventing genres – and himself.
Coming from a family of creative artists, Band spent much of his childhood in Rome where his father worked in the film industry. The first visits to film sets sealed the fate of young Charlie. By his twenties, he had immersed himself in filmmaking and found his calling in exploitation films – quick, low-budget endeavors that harness the zeitgeist and fuel people’s desire to smart and discreet entertainment. Soon, Band was making dozens of films, asserting itself as a major player. His films cross genres, from vampire flix to science fiction, from Lovecraft adaptations to erotic musical adaptations of fairy tales. He shot his films with Hollywood icons like Roddy McDowell and Christopher Lee and future stars like Helen Hunt and Demi Moore.
Beyond the setting, Band’s life often felt like an epic adventure tale, not even his own vivid imagination could have imagined. Back in his beloved Italy, he bought both Dino De Laurentiis’ film studio and a medieval castle. After the fall of Romania’s oppressive communist regime, he bent the rules and built a studio outside of Bucharest. He bought and sold real estate in Los Angeles and Europe; and made and lost cinematographic fortunes with remarkable serenity. A visionary, Band recognized the future of home video early on and created their iconic Full Moon film company, making and distributing live movies long before the big studios took over.
You can pre-order the book today from any bookstore of your choice.