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i just watched charles bands excellent 1985 cult sci-fi hit trancers ,i was wondering what most peoples favourite 80s charles band produced flicks are?

choose your favourite 5 from the list below.


here's mine in no particular order
1.dolls
2.ghost town
3.from beyond
4.prison
5.eliminators


1989 The Occultist (executive producer - uncredited)

1989 Puppetmaster (video) (executive producer)
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1989 Deadly Weapon (executive producer)

1989 Arena (executive producer)

1989 Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (executive producer - uncredited)

1989 Dr. Alien (executive producer - uncredited)

1989 Intruder (executive producer - uncredited)

1989 Cemetery High (executive producer - uncredited)

1988 Ghoulies II (executive producer)

1988 Transformations (executive producer - uncredited)

1988 Ghost Town (executive producer)

1988 Catacombs (executive producer)

1988 Assault of the Killer Bimbos (executive producer - uncredited)

1988 Cellar Dweller (executive producer)
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1988 Vicious Lips (executive producer - uncredited)

1988 Prison (executive producer)

1988 Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (executive producer - uncredited)

1988 Pulse Pounders (executive producer, producer)

1987 Buy & Cell (executive producer)

1987 Creepozoids (executive producer - uncredited)

1987 Galactic Gigolo (executive producer - uncredited)
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1987 Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (executive producer - uncredited)

1987 Mutant Hunt (video) (executive producer - uncredited)

1987 Necropolis (executive producer - uncredited)

1987 The Caller (executive producer)

1987 Enemy Territory (executive producer)

1987 The Princess Academy (executive producer - uncredited)

1987 Dolls (executive producer)

1987 Valet Girls (executive producer - uncredited)

1986 From Beyond (executive producer)

1986 Breeders (executive producer - uncredited)

1986 Crawlspace (executive producer)
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1986 Robot Holocaust (video) (executive producer - uncredited)

1986 Ghost Warrior (producer)

1986 TerrorVision (executive producer)

1986 Eliminators (producer)

1986 Troll (executive producer)
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1986 Zombiethon (documentary) (executive producer)

1986 Dreamaniac (executive producer - uncredited)

1985 Underworld (executive producer - uncredited)

1985 Zone Troopers (executive producer)

1985 Savage Island (executive producer - uncredited, producer - as Robert Amante)

1985 Trancers (producer)

1985 Ghoulies (executive producer)
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1984 The Alchemist (producer)

1984 Ragewar (producer)

1983 Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (producer)

1983 Walking the Edge (executive producer: Empire Pictures - uncredited)

1983 Filmgore (video documentary) (producer)

1982 Parasite (producer)

1982 Famous T & A (video documentary) (executive producer)

1981 The Best of Sex and Violence (documentary) (producer)

1980 The Day Time Ended (executive producer)

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Hey Warrior..

For me:

1. Dolls
2. Vicious Lips
3. From Beyond
4. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama
5. Ghost Town

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These i´ve seen and own all except Ghost Town and Ghost Warrior:

1. From Beyond
2. Prison
3. Dolls
4. Ghost Town
5. Ghost Warrior
6. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama
7. The Alchemist
8. Breeders
9. The Princess Academy
10. Necropolis

I also own these films but haven´t watched them yet:

Puppetmaster, Arena, Intruder, Troll, Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn & Trancers.

I´m going to watch Metalstorm next [Cool]

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I own Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama. Picked up an old VHS copy at a video store that was shutting down. [Wink]

FYI.. Vicious Lips, Valet Girls and Trancers are available on netflix instant streaming!

Muffy has mentioned Vicious Lips to me, but I've never seen it.

I believe I watched Trancers back when I was a kid..I remember my mother liking it. I will add it to my queue to watch! [Smile]

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Ronnie .. here's my original thoughts on "Vicious Lips" .. I suggest that you give it a chance late at night sometime! [Wink]

"I don't know where we are man.. but it ain't heaven"

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"Vicious Lips" is a cult classic.. a SciFi Comedy that is so bad it is actually incredibly entertaining.  Set in the distant future, it still had such an 80's fashion flair and feel.  For fans of the Cantina scenes in the original "Star Wars" movie this wacky flick is a must view.  I totally enjoyed all the references to space adventure movies/tv shows from the past.  Let me put it this way.. the main character in the movie is named Judy Jetson and you will see a "Danger Will Robinson" if you watch closely.

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Here's the premise:

An out-of-this-world girl band has a chance for their shot at the big time -- if they can manage to get to the galaxy's hottest night spot, the Radioactive Dream, in time for their gig in this campy sci-fi comedy. But first, they'll have to fight their way through a meteor field, deal with a crash landing on a isolated planet, and manage to avoid a crazied Venusian man-beast who's escaped his cell on his way to prison..

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Two things that make this movie totally worth watching are:  the incredible tunes throughout and the fact it only lasts 75 minutes!  

"We're a band Judy.. a band has got to stick together."

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Lunar Madness!!  

This movie would have made for a great 80's music video.

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Wow Val, thanks for explaining! I will add this one as well, then. [Smile]
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I truly think the key to enjoying "Vicious Lips" is to watch it late late maybe even add a third 'late' at night and go into it planning on a bizarre ride. The tunes and the crazy fashion make it all worth it though.

Muffy is a now a huge fan of "Vicious Lips".. last I heard, she was starting a fan club. ha [Big Grin]

And I know I torched "Valet Girls" when it was compared to my beloved "Valley Girl".. but it is another fun movie with some great tunes. The lead actresses are rather entertaining, though this movie probably destroyed their careers! Especially, Meri Marshall that plays Lucy who is definitely an excellent singer .. oh and the fashion in the movie is 80's awesome.

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I love the pics you posted above Val. haha very...'vixen' like... you know I like it. [Wink] [Big Grin]
Ok, late, late night movie, it is!

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Unlike aTomiK, I have seen almost none of these...although I am now completely sold on Vicious Lips! [Razz]

I loved and own Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn. It sits on a shelf right next to my copy of Spacehunter!

The others I have seen and have actually enjoyed each of them although I don't own any of the rest are Puppetmaster, Ghoulies, Trancers, Troll and TerrorVision

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I haven't seen Puppetmaster in it's entirety! That would be another one for me to check out.

Doesn't Muffy like Ghoulies?

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1. Crawlspace
2. The Alchemist
3. Troll
4. From Beyond
5. Deadly Weapon


I dunno..half these I either haven't seen in a long time..or haven't seen at all. So this is a rough top 5.

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Deadly Weapon isn't that one with that guy that they were rolling out to be the next big martial arts hero was it? That one sounds so familiar from my days working in the video store...
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For exploitation-enthusiasts it's nearly impossible to pick only 5 favorites from
Young Warrior's list above, and i'm sure Dolls and From Beyond are gonna get mentioned a lot..
so let me pick one that has been stuck in my mind since i first saw it :

Breeders !

There, i said it ! ..and yes, you've read it correctly.. There actually is someone who likes
it ! [Big Grin]

The ending in which a couple of naked babes roll around in a pool of semen is just..
UNFORGETTABLE !
(or unforgivable.. whatever you prefer)

Don't know if i heard it correctly, but Criterion was preparing a collector's edition
double-disc set for their 'continuing series of important classic and contemporary films'..
you don't believe me ?? [Wink]

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i'd like to watch vicious lips, until valley mentioned it above i'd never come across this one before(for me that's quite a rarity).
from the looks of it vicious lips was never actually released here in the u.k, unless it did come out but under an alternate title,think i'll have to do a bit more investigating,but so far i've come up with nothing!

when they released sorority babes in the slimeball bowl-o-rama here they cut it by 1 minute 9 seconds and to add insult to injury they gave it the crummy title of - the imp .

ones i've watched so far from this list

walking the edge
the alchemist
ghoulies
trancers
crawlspace
eliminators
terrorvision
ghost warrior
cellar dwellar
from beyond
ghost town
zone troopers
ghoulies 2
prison
the caller
enemy territory
dolls
breeders
intruder

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a few of them i've never seen -

dr alien - http://youtu.be/DpBpCCYJ2Mw

ragewar aka the dungeonmaster - http://youtu.be/B62P89nbi5Q

catacombs - http://youtu.be/zeUTn6dht5Y

troll - http://youtu.be/v7rg8C8w5ZY

buy & cell - http://youtu.be/S9j-j7J0Elc - never knew this one had roddy piper and randall tex cobb in it!

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This thread brings back a lot of fun memories!
My list:

1. From Beyond
2. Crawlspace
3. Dolls
4. The Caller
5. Trancers

I want to do a shout-out for Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-a-Rama, and Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death because I love the titles, if not the films themelves. [Smile]

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I kinda liked the badness of Underworld.
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When it comes to '80s exploitation/drive-in/grindhouse fare, Charles Band and his Empire Pictures stand along New World, Film Ventures International, Crown International, and Cannon as one of the best. Even his earlier, pre-Empire films are loads of fun, especially Laserblast.

I know he gets a bum rap among critics and the horror community, but I can't say any of his '70s/'80s output is unwatchable or awful. I have to confess I haven't seen a lot of his movies, but from I have viewed, there isn't one among them that didn't entertain me. Here's my top 5 (no particular order):

Ghoulies 2
Crawlspace (Klaus Kinski is great in this one!)
Parasite
Prison
From Beyond

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Did anyone know john Carl buechler's 1986 movie troll is meant to be getting the remake treatment.

I've never seen troll what is it actually like?

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quote:
I've never seen troll what is it actually like?
It's a pretty good B-movie. It's about a family who move into a new apartment building which happens to be the site of an invasion from a parallel dimension. A Troll possesses a young girl and goes from room to room causing mayhem, and nobody believes her brother (Noah Hathaway from Neverending Story - his name in the movie is Harry Potter!)

My five (in no order):

Trancers
Troll
Ragewar
Eliminators
Terror Vision

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I got round to watching troll in the end,I purchased a cheap DVD of it,thought it was pretty good fun,my 8 year old son loved it.

the DVD also features the in name sequel only troll 2 which from what I've heard is atrocious,as you can imagine I've not got up the courage yet to check it out.

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One of the movie-related books i bought last year, was this one :

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The book has its focus on the early days with company Charles Band Productions ('75-'83), and
especially the Empire Pictures period ('84-'89).
There are also chapters about Charles Band's video distribution company Wizard Video,
as wel as one about several unreleased Empire productions.
In-depth, honest reviews and tons of photo's (only black & white though) make for a facsinating read.

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I would love to read that book. Band's companies made a lot of fun films. While they weren't always great, they were rarely boring. "Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity" immediately comes to mind as a classic Band product. The budget was next to nothing, and some of the acting leaves a lot to be desired, but the film runs under 80 mintues, is never dull, looks amazingly good, and is quite entertaining. Hollywood producers today could take a few lessons.

"Troll 2" is jaw-dropping. See it, and then watch the documentary "Best Worst Movie," a loving tribute to the cult surrounding this terrible fim. The documentary is fascinating--funny, heartbreaking, and inspiring. (I was glad to see that a couple of the stars take their new-found fame in stride, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, at having starred in a movie scraping the bottom netherland of the worst films on IMDB.com.) [Smile]

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The really fun empire pictures horror/western ghost town is coming to blu ray on July 28th 2015 from scream factory.

https://youtu.be/aO93d9y1aaU - ghost town trailer.

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