Full Moon, the company that brought us the classic horror franchise Puppetmaster, just launched a campaign with the goal of finishing a film they started way back in 1994, The Primevals!...
...Founded in 1988 by filmmaker Charles Band, Full Moon Features is known as one of the companies that helped establish the direct to video market, with their cheap, sometimes schlocky but always fun, horror/sci-fi films. Best known for the Puppetmaster franchise, Full Moon has often dabbled in creatures of the tiny and stop-motion sort, with other films such as Prehysteria and of course, Puppetmaster. But it turns out, there was one that was never finished, entitled The Primevals.
Begun in 1994 by Band and legendary stop-motion animation effects artist David Allen (The Howling, Q), The Primevals was set to be Full Moon's largest ambition to date, a passion project of Allen's. Unfortunately, Allen passed away in 1999, and post-production was never finished.
Now, Full Moon has launched an Indiegogo campaign in order to finally release the film and make fans retinas bleed from all of the spectacular stop-motion imagery long lost in a time of gratuitous CGI.Full Moon is looking to raise 175K in the next month, with all sorts of great rewards for contributing.
Though there is no plot synopsis available for the film, it appears to be a sci-fy/fantasy epic that is full of incredible stop-motion effects. Check out the video below as well as the story behind The Primevals, and check out the campaign's page to learn more:
This release of THE PRIMEVALS is tribute 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 developed in early Charles Band collaborations like LASERBLAST and THE DAY TIME ENDED, eventually perfecting his trade in Full Moon classics like PUPPET MASTER and SUBSPECIES. But through all this, there was THE PRIMEVALS -- Allen's dream project, one that dates back to the early 1970s. With this film, David had brought together all the elements he wanted to explore in science fiction/fantasy filmmaking. Meanwhile Allen continued to evolve his craft throughout the 80s in films like YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED and WILLOW, but finally, in the mid-90s, Band and Allen officially began production of THE PRIMEVALS. With lavish sets constructed in Romania and exotic locations like the Italian Alps, David Allen directed his pet project. After the live action photography was completed, 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 Yeti Gods...all were here and all were awesome.
By Matt Konopka