Published on May 18th, 2020 | by Neil Jordan0
Talking Barbie and Kendra Save The Tiger King With Charles Band
Recently I spoke with filmmaker Charles band about his career and his new film
‘Barbie and Kendra save The TigerKing’?
What exactly inspired the idea\premise of ‘Barbie and Kendra save The
After the unprecedented success – and notoriety – of our first “coronasploitation”
film, CORONA ZOMBIES, we knew we had to keep going. Making these films quickly and
under the insane parameters of self-isolation is a challenge, but it’s a challenge
that forces the Full Moon team to really push their creativity.
These are silly; crazy movies that are designed to satirize the most omnipresent pop culture and
media trends, but there’s also an ingenuity here, from licensing the old movie
footage to cutting it up and scripting a new story, to designing the framing to
working by proxy with actors. There’s an experimental nature to these movies that
doesn’t really have a precedent. Because we’re living through something that doesn’t
really have a precedent.
Full Moon Features is legendary for its low-budget scary/horror films
with some films containing comedic aspects here and there. Was this latest
project, obviously more of a comedic venture, a direction that you were
planning on going in or did the pandemic influence that decision? Had the
current state of things been different, would it have been more of a
Again, these two movies were designed in and around the restrictions and media mania
of the world we’re in. They’re satires and spoofs and were always intended as such.
Full Moon always shifts genre gears as there are many, many offshoots of
exploitation cinema. As far as straight horror cinema, we just released the surreal
NECROPOLIS: LEGION and are about to release the insane BLADE: THE IRON CROSS, the
12th PUPPET MASTER movies.
Both features are part of our DEADLY TEN series that sees
us making movies in 6 days and live-streaming the productions for fans, again,
something that has never been done before. Seeing as productions will be shut down,
our upcoming production schedule has shifted a bit but hopefully this summer we will
be going to camera on SUBSPECIES V, a straight up horror movie.
In producing this film, do you think that for those involved in it
inadvertently was a means to alleviate the stress one might be
experiencing during these times?
Well, we employed over 30 creatives to bring this bit of lunacy to life. And
employment alleviates some stress to be sure! But, I’m not going to pretend our
crazy comedy has a social agenda or anything but I do know that comedy’s role in the
world is to distract us from the very real pains of living.
Comedy is indeed the best medicine and I think BARBIE AND KENDRA SAVE THE TIGER KING can absolutely
function as a prescription for what’s ailing people.
Were there and technical or logistical challenges involved in the
making of the film due to ‘social distancing’ and ‘stay-at-home’
Absolutely and that was part of the challenge and fun of making this. We have staff
in Toronto, LA, Vegas, Minnesota…all over! And we all worked together to make this
movie happen with skype, phone, zoom, file sharing…again, I really think what we
did has no precedent.
Was the use of voice over work combined with older films inspired by
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’?
Not at all. Mystery Science Theater sees people sitting back and commenting on
existing movies. Those guys have done that to one of my early classics, LASERBLAST.
The original idea for these movies comes from the Woody Allen comedy WHAT’S UP TIGER
LILY? which was an hilarious re-dub of a Hong Kong spy movie framed with new
footage. Also, I don’t think we’re disrespecting the movies themselves. Mystery
Science Theater can do that sometimes. Instead, we are simply using the footage from
these movies as ingredients in a weird sort of cinematic DJ remix. I think of them
as bizarre companion films to the original source movies.
What was it like to cast actors/actresses and extras for this film as
well as a crew and how was it carried out?
One of our writers, William Butler, brought Leslie Jordan on board for this and we
were incredibly lucky to get him. John Reinke from the TIGER KING show took a bit of
sleuthing to find, but we did and we hit it off immediately. Cody and Robin are part
of the Full Moon family and they have awesome chemistry. And the voice actors we
used are well known comedians and actors and all friends of the team. It was a real
collaborative effort and everyone had a great time bringing it to life.
Will this film become sort of template for how ‘Full Moon Features’
will make films during the pandemic?
We hope so, on one hand! None of us know what the future holds during these times
for the film industry. But we have proved we can create clever, ingenious escapism
in record time under extreme conditions.
So for sure, we will keep going and -probably – improving the formula. And as our Full Moon Features channel and app
continues to grow, with classic movies in the library and original content from us,
we will keep producing films whatever way we can. Providing good, weird escapism is
our mission statement!
Without giving too much away, will there actually be a sequel to
‘Barbie and Kendra save The Tiger King’?
At the end of the film, we set it up for the third film. And this time, the ladies
get sucked into the out of this world madness of Trump’s SPACE FORCE! Stay tuned!
What is the best way people can support ‘Full Moon’ at the moment?
We have a fully functional store selling our awesome Blu-rays and DVDs and tons of
toys and merch and you can go there and shop till you drop at www.FullMoonDirect.com
while our channel and app FullMoonFeatures.com was voted one of the best
alternative-to-Netflix movie channels around by the UK’s THE GUARDIAN. And we are
growing every day! Subscribing is easy and reasonable and we always give away free
merch to new subscribers. You can’t lose!
Is there anything ‘Full Moon Features’ would like to say to the fans?
Keep watching weird movies!