Full Moon Streaming Review

I caved and got a subscription for Full Moon Streaming for three months (it was £11 after conversion) and I quite like it so far. It’s definitely got promise.

Films are released every week and there are three different sectors of the site with different film labels; Full Moon (their main brands like Puppet Master etc), Grindhouseflix (exploitation) & Moonbeam Entertainment (family).

The release dates each week are; Mondays for Moonbeam, Tuesdays for grindhouse & Fridays for full moon. So that’s an extra 12 films added on top of the catalogue of films already released. The Full Moon section is worth it alone because of Trancers, Subspecies, Demonic Toys, Gingerdead Man, Evil Bong, Puppet Master etc all being available right now (sequels for most of them are still waiting to be added). This label has already aired two new brand new releases, one being Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong and the other Trancers: City of Lost Angels (a “lost” sequel), these are great incentives for fans and a peek at what the future probably holds for new releases at studios like this.

The Grindhouse section is mixed quality ranging from campy cult films like Dreamaniac and Satanic Rites of Dracula to the downright awful Cannibal Women in the Avocado of Death & Attack of the Super Monsters but, it existed seperately prior to the launch of this streaming site and has since been amalgamated so essentially it’s a little extra. Moonbeam is newly launched so as I write this only four films are available, all are old released that have updated names and artwork (which is shockingly bad), so it will need time to accumulate before I pass judgement.

It’s a nice process, especially when you’re forewarned in advance what is coming, though not exactly great for those who like to binge everything all in one go, which some may like to do given the longitude of the Puppet Master franchise. For those who like to take things steady, this is an ideal process.

The video player is easy to use and has no notable problems, on the medium/low quality setting it doesn’t seem to need a fast connection, there is a HD option for the films but it only makes a difference with some films, not every single one on there, which is disappointing, though understandable. There’s also a queue which you can add films to, so you can keep track. And also links to merchandise and the DVDs/Blu-Rays for those who are so inclinded.

On top of that there are extra sections, one for bonus material which is mainly “making ofs” (Charles Band is kind of a front-runner for including “making of” featurettes with the video tapes back in the day), a vidcast featuring Charles Band himself talking about the newest updates for the site and “The Vault”, which has just launched, which includes the raw footage they filmed during the “making of” featurettes. These aspects make the site feel more hospitable and fan-friendly as opposed to other streaming sites where it is literally the film or the show and nothing else.

Band keeps promising more and more content for 2014, one of which is an original TV series which I assume will air on the site for subscribers. And if I had to hazard a guess I assume there will be another label or two added for a different subset of films.

All in all, I’d recommend it. I understand at launch it wasn’t particularly interesting but during that time it has grown and will continue to, even if you run out of films to watch after a while the new releases will keep you coming back for more.