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Koch Teams Up With Horror Legend Charles Band

9 Nov, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf

Koch Vision has teamed up with legendary horror creator Charles Band and his production company Forbidden Worlds to pump a perennial slate of new horror titles into the DVD pipeline.

The partnership launches with the release of The Possessed and Urban Evil Feb. 8, the DVD-debut of two collections of short films from Band. The three 30-minute shorts in The Possessed — “The Devil's Spell,” “Witches' Dolls” and “Resurrection of the Damned” — have a gothic feel and classic horror themes, while Urban Evil — with the short films “Demonic Tunes,” “The Killing Kind” and “Hidden Evil” — have a more contemporary flavor.

“There's no fluff involved there,” said Dan Gurlitz, Koch Vision general manager, “They're 30-minutes long and they're frightening from start to finish.”

Koch already has an established relationship with Band, having released titles through Band's Full Moon Pictures and Shadow Entertainment catalogs. The new partnership creates a studio space for brand-new productions, said Tim Hinsley, VP of acquisitions and development for Koch.

“The idea was ‘Okay, he's getting ready to get back into making new films, so what better place than Koch,’ he said. “The deal with Charlie is really about giving him studio support and just letting him do what he does.”

Band already is a well-known name amongst core horror fans, Gurlitz said.Koch plans at least six, if not 10 Forbidden Worlds releases throughout 2005. The second installment should street in May, with the titles I, Vampire and Demon Samurai.

The success of Koch's DVD release this year of The Fangoria Blood Drive, a collection of short films from independent filmmakers proved that there is a great appetite for truly innovative entries to the horror genre, which Band can most definitely provide, Gurlitz said.

The price is going to be right, at $19.98, he said.

“It's a good flavor for sellthrough and from a rental perspective these things should turn into moneymakers very, very quickly,” he said.

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