|Birth name||Richard Howard Band|
|Born||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Richard Howard Band is an American composer of film music. He has scored more than 140 projects, including From Beyond , which won the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the Sitges Film Festival. Lately he scored Exorcism at 60,000 Feet (2020) and Necropolis: Legion (2019).
Band was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of the film director/producer Albert Band, the brother of director/distributor Charles Band, and the uncle of musician Alex Band.
Band has been composing film music for horror and science fiction films regularly. His first notable score was for Laserblast , which he co-composed with Joel Goldsmith.
His score for Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator was lauded by the magazine Music From the Movies, which said, "Band’s music is dark and direct, creating an intense and eerie atmosphere, but always with a humorous touch.... Surely, Richard Band is unquestionably one of the most underrated composers in the film business."
He scored several of Gordon's subsequent films such as The Pit and the Pendulum and 1995’s Castle Freak , the later of which featured some inventive writing for a string quartet. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Gordon's Master of Horror episode "Dreams in the Witch House".
Since 2000, Band has done fewer films, though he has scored many episodes of such television shows as Stargate SG-1 , Walker: Texas Ranger . He also developed the campaign music for many shows on the WB, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville .
Puppet Master is a 1989 American horror film written by Charles Band and Kenneth J. Hall, and directed by David Schmoeller. It is the first film in the Puppet Master franchise and stars Paul Le Mat, Irene Miracle, Matt Roe, and Kathryn O'Reilly as psychics who are plotted against by a former colleague, using puppets animated by an Egyptian spell. Originally intended for theatrical release in summer 1989, before being released on home video the following September, Puppet Master was ultimately pushed to a direct-to-video release on October 12, 1989, as Charles Band felt he was likely to make more money this way than he would in the theatrical market. The film was very popular in the video market and since developed a large cult following that has led to the production of twelve sequels.
Charles Robert Band is an American film producer and director, known for his work on horror comedy movies. His most famous films are those in the Puppet Master franchise and the Subspecies series, made by his company Full Moon Features. Before Full Moon Features, his earlier company Empire Pictures made films like Ghoulies and the cult classic Re-Animator. One of the few non-horror films he worked on was the Prehysteria! trilogy, which was made by his family-oriented company Moonbeam Entertainment.
Empire International Pictures was an American small scale theatrical distribution company that was formed in 1983 by Charles Band, as a response to the dissatisfaction of how his films were distributed by motion picture companies while making films under the banner of Charles Band International Productions.
David W. Allen was an American film and television stop motion model (puppet) animator.
Brian Yuzna is a Filipino-American producer, director, and writer. He is best known for his work in the science fiction and horror film genres. Yuzna began his career as a producer for several films by director Stuart Gordon, such as Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986), before making his directorial debut with the satirical body horror film Society (1989).
Laserblast is a 1978 American science fiction film about an unhappy teenage loner who discovers an alien laser cannon and goes on a murderous rampage, seeking revenge against those who he feels have wronged him. The extremely low-budget film was directed by Michael Rae and produced by Charles Band, who is widely known for producing B movies. Starring Kim Milford, Cheryl Smith, and Gianni Russo, the film features Keenan Wynn and Roddy McDowall, and marked the screen debut of actor Eddie Deezen.
Barbara Crampton is an American actress. She made her screen debut on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives (1983), and her film debut in 1984's Body Double before starring in the horror comedy Re-Animator (1985). Crampton has since starred in a variety of films including Chopping Mall (1986), From Beyond (1986), Castle Freak (1995), You're Next (2011), We Are Still Here (2015), Little Sister (2016) and Dead Night (2017). She is also known for playing Leanna Love on the television series The Young and the Restless for which she was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Drama Series – Daytime in 1990.
Full Moon Features is an American motion picture production and distribution company headed by B-movie veteran Charles Band. It is known for the direct-to-video series Puppet Master, Trancers, and Subspecies, as well as the film Castle Freak and the VideoZone featurette through 1989 to 2013.
Castle Freak is a 1995 American direct-to-video horror film directed by Stuart Gordon. The film stars Jeffrey Combs who portrays John Reilly, an American recovering alcoholic who inherits an Italian castle when a distant relative passes away. John travels to Italy with his estranged wife Susan and blind daughter Rebecca. The three plan to stay at the castle, but unbeknownst to them, a freakish monster locked away in the basement of the castle is about to escape and commit a series of murders. The police place John as the prime suspect, leading him to confront his alcoholism, fight the demon and prove himself innocent.
Albert Band was a French-American film director and film producer. He was the son of artist Max Band, father of filmmaker Charles Band and of film composer Richard Band. He is the grandfather of Alex Band, Taryn Band and Rachael Band.
Perseverance Records is a record label which releases film scores on CD and online. Releases are usually accompanied by extensive booklets. Extras, such as audio interviews with composers, are also sometimes included.
Puppet Master is an American horror film series which focuses on a group of anthropomorphic puppets animated by an Egyptian spell, each equipped with its own unique and dangerous device and are represented as heroes, antiheroes and antagonists.
David Schmoeller is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is notable for directing several full-length theatrical horror films including Tourist Trap (1979), The Seduction (1982), Crawlspace (1986), Catacombs (1988), Puppet Master (1989), and Netherworld (1992). In May, 2012, Schmoeller was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fantaspoa Film Festival in Porto Alegre, Brazil where his new feature film, 2 Little Monsters (2012) was screened along with his other notable films.
Killer toys are fictional characters based on toys, dolls or puppets that come alive and commit violent or scary acts. Reasons for these actions have included possession by demons, devils, monsters, ghosts, supernatural creatures, dark magic, and malevolent or malfunctioning technology.
Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys is a 2004 non-canon crossover horror film based on the characters of David Schmoeller and David S. Goyer. The film is written by C. Courtney Joyner and directed by Ted Nicolaou. This film stars Corey Feldman as the great-grandnephew of André Toulon, and Vanessa Angel as the head of a toymaking factory who plans to dominate the world using its latest line of holiday products. It was a made for TV film that debuted 18 December 2004 on NBC Universal's SyFy. This is also the first Demonic Toys film not to feature Mr. Static.
C. Coutney Joyner is an American author, film script writer, director and an occasional actor. He is also the cousin of actress Allison Mackie.
Joji Tani, known as Screaming Mad George, is a special effects artist, film director, and former musician. He was born in Osaka, Japan, and emigrated to the United States, where he has become known for his surreal, gory special effects. He has collaborated with director and producer Brian Yuzna on many films.