Most of the Charles Bands films are cheaply made, some of them quite amusing. The Alchemist however is dull in all regards. Crucially, it is a film where almost nothing happens. You spend nearly half the show waiting to find where it is going. Bands direction is slow paced. Robert Ginty is supposedly cursed to be an animal, which suggests some kind of werewolf transformation, although we never see this. About the one-hour point, there are some cheap goblin effects although these only appear for a single scene and you feel they are shoehorned on just so the film can have some creature effects. (This of course presages the coming of Empire, where the Bands build a whole series of films out around the provision of cheap goblin effects most notably with Ghoulies (1985) and sequels). Naturally, the goblins never do anything. Moreover, though Robert Glaudini is set up as a villain at the start, he only ever makes an appearance again at the very end.
The surprise about The Alchemist is also the number of future personnel essential to Empire and Full Moon hiding out on the credits, including later to be director Ted Nicolaou, writer Alan Adler, and Doug White and Steve Neill who produced numerous effects for other Band productions. The only name of note in front of the camera is that of Robert Ginty who gained some minor B movie attention after appearing as the vigilante Vietnam Vet in The Exterminator (1980) but none of the other actors have ever been heard from again.
Charles Band has produced over 200 films. As director, his other genre films include:- Crash (1977), Parasite (1982), Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983), an episode of The Dungeonmaster/Ragewar: The Challenges of Excalibrate (1984), Trancers/Futurecop (1985), Pulse Pounders (1988), Crash and Burn (1990), Meridian (1990), Trancers II (1991), Doctor Mordrid (1992), Dollman Vs. the Demonic Toys (1993), Prehysteria! (1993), Head of the Family (1996), The Creeps (1997), Hideous (1997), Mystery Monsters (1997), Blood Dolls (1999), Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003), Dr Moreaus House of Pain (2004), Decadent Evil (2005), Doll Graveyard (2005), The Gingerdead Man (2005), Evil Bong (2006), Petrified (2006), Dead Mans Hand (2007), Decadent Evil II (2007), Dangerous Worry Dolls (2008), Evil Bong II: King Bong (2009), Skull Heads (2009), Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong (2011), Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt (2011), The Dead Want Women (2012), Devildolls (2012), Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012), Ooga Booga (2013), Unlucky Charms (2013), Gingerdead Man vs Evil Bong (2013), Trophy Heads (2014), Evil Bong 420 (2015), King of Cult (2015) and Evil Bong: High 5 (2016).
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