10 Stars Who Got Their Start at Empire Pictures

In the 1980s, one studio stood tall over the schlock indie market (move over, Cannon Films and New World Pictures!), and that was Empire Pictures. Before it collapsed in 1988, producer/director Charles Band’s company not only churned out its fair share of classic B-cinema (Trancers, Robot Jox, Ghoulies), but also a good number of A-list stars! Check out our list of 10 Stars Who Got Their Start at Empire Pictures in the gallery below!

Click here to buy Arrow Video’s 2-Disc Special Edition Re-Animator Blu-ray!

This article coincides with a major Empire Pictures Blu-ray release: Arrow Video‘s 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray of Re-Animator, featuring BY FAR the best transfer of Stuart Gordon’s 1985 Empire classic that we’ve ever seen, in glorious 4K and loaded with new extras. We also highly recommend the official Empire Pictures Box Set featuring 17 of their most beloved films in a big, beautiful shelf-ready box, which is currently available on their website for half-price ($125). If you’re a fan of ’80s cheese, then we can’t recommend either of these releases higher!

RELATED: Every Movie in the Empire Pictures Box Set Ranked

Which of these old Empire Pictures releases do you remember best? Who were you most surprised to learn got their start at Empire? Let us know in the comments below!


Marvel and DC