Horror icon Charles Band has launched Full Moon Streaming.com just in time for Halloween. The new service allows Full Moon fans to stream movies from the Full Moon and Grindhouse catalogs for a small monthly fee. Not all the Full Moon titles are available just yet, but Band has promised to add a new movie every week. Full Moon Streaming.com members will also have access to contests, all the old and new Videozones, rare-behind the scenes footage, and premieres of Band’s newest films.
The service kicked off with the world premiere of Trancers: City of Lost Angels. The never before seen Trancers sequel is part of Band’s unreleased Pulse Pounders anthology from 1988. Band started releasing the individual segments to DVD, starting with The Evil Clergyman in 2012. City of Lost Angels will be available on DVD in November, and the sequel to Dungeonmaster will be released sometime next year.
Trancers fans can get an early look at the lost Trancers short via Full Moon Streaming.com. The service normally costs $6.99 a month, but Band is offering a one time trial period at $4.99 for 90 days. The deal ends in a week, and no Full Moon fan should pass it up.
Not only is Trancers: City of Lost Angels worth the $4.99 rental, but Band has promised to release Gingerdeadman vs. Evil Bong to the site in the next 90-days. Not to mention, you also get access to around 30 other Full Moon films, and a ton from the Grindhouse label. As of right now you can watch classics like Castle Freak, Mandroid and Subspecies, and Grindhouse films like Mutant Hunt, Cemetery High and Return of the Zombies.
The streaming service works well. So far I’ve watched Trancers: City of Lost Angels and Doll Graveyard without any complications. You can choose to watch movies in low, medium, high, and “HD” quality, and unlike Netflix, Full Moon Streaming actually offers trailers (why the fuck doesn’t Netflix offer trailers?). Pausing and restarting can be a little bit dodgy, but I was able to stop and resume Doll Graveyard for cigarette and bathroom breaks without any major problems. The service does require an internet or cellular connection to work, and it does support Apple products such as the iPhone.
I would also like to urge any Trancers fans to check out City of Lost Angels through Full Moon Streaming as soon as possible. It is a must see for Jack Deth fans, and I’m convinced Band is going to eventually release Pulse Pounders as a collection after he releases all the films individually. Unless you are a diehard collector, it doesn’t seem worth paying $10 for the DVD if you can get all three films in one set later on. I decided to watch the film for $4.99 now, and hold out for a complete Pulse Pounders release later. You also will not be able to rent City of Lost Angels at the Red Box like other Full Moon films, so this may be your only chance to see if for less than $5.
City of Lost Angels stars all the best Trancers actors, including Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Art La Fleur and Telma Hopkins. It also stars Velvet Rhodes from Passions (Tabitha’s Cousin) as the “ultraviolent assassin” who is trying to kill Deth.
The film is 24-minutes long and is only a work print, so the quality isn’t that great. However, this is a rare opportunity to see a lost piece of Band’s legacy, and it is worth every penny.
Jack Deth, the super cop from the future, has put away three centuries worth of time traveling criminals. But Deth’s most dangerous collar, the ultraviolent assassin Edlin Shock, has escaped from her maximum security holding cell and won’t rest until she’s exacted revenge. Meanwhile, Deth is trying to make a life for himself as a private eye in 1988 Los Angeles with his hot-blooded girlfriend Lena (played by Academy Award winning actress Helen Hunt). Relationship troubles are just the beginning of Deth’s problems when he learns that Edlin Shock has followed him back in time. Aided by his former police chief McNulty, whose consciousness is inhabiting the body of a 13-year-old girl, Jack Deth will have to use his wits, as well as his fists, to save the past, present, and future!