FULL MOON'S NEWSFLASH Vol. 10
"THE PRIMEVALS returns! PUPPET MASTER's sick sister splats onto screens!"
Full Moon just returned from Chicago's fabulous Flashback Weekend and it was indeed a trip in every sense of the word. As we reported last week, Full Moon honcho Charles Band flew over to officially announce that we will indeed be finally finishing one of the most discussed and anticipated unfinished films in our history. In fantasy film history full stop, in fact. We hinted at the identity of that picture previously but now we can say it:
THE PRIMEVALS is coming!
And while Band held court on the convention floor and screened an exclusive preview reel featuring jaw-dropping footage from the film, pop culture website simultaneously broke the news publicly and revealed a pack of never-before-seen THE PRIMEVALS behind-the-scenes photos HERE
In a world soaked with easily etched CGI, special effects made by men and women sitting comfortably at their computers, the release of THE PRIMEVALS is a big deal. It's a love letter to the man who imagined it, the late special effects wizard David Allen. Allen's visionary talents rested in the world of stop-motion FX, frame-by-frame moving miniatures that he had been manipulating as far back as 1970's EQUINOX (released by our Wizard Video as THE BEAST in the early 80s) and perfected in early Charles Band collaborations like
LASERBLAST and THE DAY TIME ENDED, perfecting his trade in Full Moon classics like PUPPET MASTER and SUBSPECIES. But THE PRIMEVALS was Allen's pet project, one that dates back to the early 1970s. As Allen continued to evolve his craft throughout the 80s in films like Ron Howard's WILLOW, finally, in the early 90s, Band and Allen officially mounted a production of THE PRIMEVALS, with lavish sets constructed in Romania to capture the live-action component while Allen and his crew, including longtime associate Chris Endicott (THE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR), began the exhaustive work on the intricate effects. Lizard warriors, monsters, Kong-like ape Gods...all were here and all were awesome.
The idea was to have a wide window to finish those effects but then Allen fell ill to cancer and passed away in 1999, effectively shelving THE PRIMEVALS indefinitely. This year, however, Band and Endicott connected again and have now revived the project. It's happening. Now.
More on that project very soon. Get excited.
Another reason to get excited - and let's face it, Full Moon always has something insane and awesome going on - is Cinestate's upcoming sorta remake/sorta reboot PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH. Taking Full Moon's legendary PUPPET MASTER franchise and flipping it upside down, directors Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund (working from a script by BONE TOMAHAWK's S. Craig Zahler) have re-interpreted Andre Toulon as a vicious Nazi wizard (played by Eurotrash legend Udo Kier) and made his malevolent puppets - including Blade, Torch, Tunneler and some new critters - into jack-booted Aryan killers. After a tour of the festival circuit, this berserk splatter-thon (if you're a gorehound, look out!) will be released in limited theatrical on August 17th before stomping its way to Blu-ray and DVD and streaming soon after. PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH (which is produced by Dallas Sonnier and executive produced by Band) is a wild and weird sidebar romp to the iconic PUPPET MASTER film canon that will no-doubt draw an entirely new generation and demographic to our enduring universe. And that's a very good thing!
Check out the ultra-gross and totally NSFW PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH trailer HERE and tell us what you think!