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Being a huge Phantasm fan I was beyond excited to hear that a new sequel to the series had been shooting in secret and was in the process of post-production. Earlier this year we got a teaser trailer which looked amazing and today producer Don Coscarelli and director David Hartman gave us a little christmas present which teases us even more but at the same time give us a glimpse at the scope of the film which seems to surpass that that was in Phantasm 2.Phantasm: Ravager hits sometime in 2015 and I couldn't be more excited. Check out the video below....
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The terror of the Tall Man has stuck with viewers since his footsteps first echoed onscreen in 1979’s Phantasm, and last March it was revealed that Angus Scrimm’s legendary horror movie villain will stalk the screen one last time in Phantasm: Ravager. Fans were given their first look at the film back in March, and now new footage has been released in a holiday video message from Coscarelli and David Hartman.
Produced by Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli, who co-wrote the script with director David Hartman (marking the first time a Phantasm film has been directed by someone other than Coscarelli), Phantasm: Ravager is due out sometime in 2015. The film stars Reggie Bannister as ice cream man turned warrior Reggie and also includes original cast members Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kat Lester and, of course, Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man.
In addition to the holiday video teaser below, we »
- Derek Anderson
March 2014, we learned a fifth Phantasm film exists. Of course, the announcement of Ravager, directed by David Hartman and supervised by series creator Don Coscarelli, was accompanied with much excitement by the films’ fans and horror enthusiasts at large. But as quickly as it drummed up hype, it seemed to go back into hiding.…
The post Coscarelli and Hartman Premiere Phantasm: Ravager Holiday Teaser appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Guys. Guys! Don Coscarelli and the director of Phantasm: Ravager, David Hartman, have given us a wonderful Christmas present. It's a holiday video message laced with a montage of the most wonderfully insane clips you can imagine. Other dimensions, Angus Scrimm, giant spheres destroying entire cities... you know, usual thing we've come to expect from Phantasm.
Don, if you're listening. We want one of them shirts!
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Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli and David Hartman the director of Phantasm Ravager are giving horror fans an early holiday gift. A new teaser for the film was released today that is actually pretty awesome. The film is expected to be released sometime in 2015 October has been the rumored month. Phantasm Ravager which will be the fifth and final entry in Coscarellis classic horror Phantasm series features Reggie Bannister (a veteran of all five films) in his decades long pursuit of the malevolent Tall Man and it finally forces him to confront the mysteries at the heart of the Phantasm saga Phantasm Ravager reunites the original cast including focal participants Reggie Bannister A. Michael Baldwin »
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Digging Up The Marrow, a meta-fantasy flick from horror filmmaker Adam Green (Frozen). Green stars as himself along with a cadre of his genre pals in a story that begins when he receives a package from a mysterious man (Ray Wise) who claims he can prove that monsters exist. Green wrote, directed, and stars in the pic inspired by the work of artist Alex Pardee, who also appears along with Will Barratt, Joe Lynch (Everly), Don Coscarelli (John Dies At The End), Lloyd Kaufman, Tony Todd (Candyman), Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program), Mick Garris (Masters Of Horror), Tom Holland (Fright Night), Kane Hodder (Jason X, Hatchet), Josh Ethier (Almost Human), and the late Dave Brockie of Gwar. Digging Up The Marrow was produced by Green for his ArieScope Pictures along with Cory Neal, who financed with Andrew Mysko through their Hacienda Film Co. »
- Jen Yamato
As a longtime and committed fan of the horror genre, Tal Zimmerman takes us on a journey to discover its roots, influences, players and place in different cultures. His travels will take him as far away as Japan, England and Mexico, to as close as his parents' dining room. In his documentary Why Horror?, he wants to find out what it is about horror that draws its fans to the genre. Zimmerman speaks to icons in the industry, the likes of George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Don Coscarelli and Barbara Crampton. He speaks with genre cinema advocates like Rue Morgue's Dave Alexander and Rodrigo Gudino, Fangoria's Chris Alexander and Tiff Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes. Everyone has their moment to offer their own insights about the...
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After seeing Cassie Scerbo’s fantastic performance in Sharknado I made it a point to track down and watch anything new movie she was in, which coupled with the ridiculous new re-titling (this film originally aired on Us television as Beasts of the Bering Sea), made Damn Sea Vampires! a must-watch. It doesn’t hurt that the film is also helmed by cinematographer Don E. FauntLeRoy – who cut his directorial teeth on two Anaconda sequels and a handful of Steven Seagal movies, including one of the star best post-2005 flicks, Renegade Justice (a personal fave).
Damn Sea Vampires! follows a family of treasure hunters: siblings Donna (Scerbo) and Joe and their father (Dobson), who spend their days dredging for gold beneath the Bering Sea. Having already lost a crew member, »
- Phil Wheat
One month from now, the 13th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival will kick off and it has been announced that they’ll be honoring Norman Reedus and Angus Scrimmm for their contributions to the genre:
“New York, NY – Oct. 13, 2014. The 13th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival celebrates two stalwarts of the genre with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to 88-year-old Phantasm series star, “Tall Man” Angus Scrimm, and The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus receiving the Achievement in Acting Award for his strong dedication to the craft, currently creating new heights, and depths, as everyone’s favorite crossbow-wielding zombie-killer Daryl Dixon.
Award recipient Norman Reedus is internationally known for the role of Daryl Dixon in AMC’s immensely popular series, now entering its fifth season. Roles for Guillermo del Toro in Mimic and Blade 2 have led to the upcoming dark videogame Silent Hill, »
- Jonathan James
The arrival of WolfCop inspires us to take a look back at horror cinema's most unpredictable janitors, doctors, dentists and more...
Can we necessarily trust the dentist who stands over us with a tiny drill in his hand? Isn't the guy who's come round to install our cable television service just a bit too friendly for comfort? And the cop outside in his squad car - isn't he just a little bit, I don't know, hairy?
Some of cinema's darkest, most unpredictable and downright interesting characters often have the most mundane jobs, from teachers to photo developers and taxi drivers to school janitors. It's characters like these we're saluting here - some of them villainous, others strangely likeable despite their dark activities, while others are simply misunderstood.
So here's our pick of the most terrifying public sector workers in horror cinema, inspired by the imminent release of WolfCop - director »
Longtime fan Tal Zimerman's new documentary Why Horror? has gotten itself a rather sexy new one-sheet featuring artwork by acclaimed horror artist Gary Pullin. The flick will be haunting Canuck theatres this Halloween via WTFilms.
Why Horror? delves into the psychology of horror around the world. Among the interviewed subjects are names like George Romero and John Carpenter as well as Eli Roth, Alexandre Aja, Alex de la Iglesia, Ben Wheatley, Simon Barrett, Takashi Shimizu, Don Coscarelli, and Nicolas Lopez.
"For us who are fans of horror films and are dedicated to selling them, this is a dream come true," said WTFilms co-founder Gregory Chambet. "It’s fascinating to see that people from any country or gender are horror lovers and that scary movies translate the same everywhere. This is a love letter to genre, and it couldn’t be more fitting for WTFilms."
In the meantime, check out »
- Steve Barton
There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.
Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.
It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.
Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »
- Matt Molgaard
Nick Damici has been a familiar face in the horror genre for a few years now. Primarily working with writer/director Jim Mickle, on whose films he has also co-written, this gruff, large but still oddly charming presence has impressed before but he’s not been given a true lead part until now. With Mickle uninvolved, although long-time cohort Larry Fessenden produces and pops up in a cameo role, Damici takes centre stage in Late Phases, a film with the wonderfully juicy premise of a blind ‘Nam veteran getting revenge on a werewolf after it kills his best friend.
It feels appropriate to base this review around Damici as he is the chugging motor which drives the film and the beating »
- Ian Loring
"It showed a world drained of vitality and meaning." 1979 - the year of Ridley Scott's Alien, the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture, as well as the original The Muppet Movie, Escape from Alcatraz and of course James Bond's Moonraker. But aside from Alien, it was actually a great year for "scary" movies galore, from George Romero's Dawn of the Dead to the original The Amityville Horror with James Brolin, as well as David Cronenberg's creeper The Brood, John Frankenheimer's eco-horror Prophecy about a giant killer bear, Don Coscarelli's cult horror Phantasm, even Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre was released in 1979. Nelson Carvajal presents a new video essay about all the dark horror that summer. Enjoy. Here's the video essay Our Scary Summer: 1979 by Nelson Carvajal and Jed Mayer, from Press Play: Our Scary Summer: 1979 was made by Nelson Carvajal and Jed Mayer. We've »
- Alex Billington
With the 2014 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention kicking off later this week, we thought this would be a perfect time to give all you Midwest genre fans a look at all the happenings going down at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare (Rosemont, Il) from Friday, August 8th through Sunday, August 10th.
And if you’ll be attending Flashback Weekend, be sure and say hi as Daily Dead’s Heather Wixson will be on hand co-hosting alongside Steve “Capone” Prokopy from Ain’t It Cool News and Wgn Radio’s Nick Digilio, and will also be bringing some horror goodies to share throughout the weekend!
Friday, August 8, 2014
12:00Pm – 8:00Pm Registration Booth Open
3:00Pm – 8:45Pm Dealers room open (Ballrooms 3-5)
4:00Pm – 8:45Pm Celebrity signings (Ballrooms 3-5)
5:00Pm Robert Englund Freddy Krueger Makeup Photo-Ops (Balmoral Room)* Line-up according to your assigned number outside of Balmoral »
- Jonathan James
With the 2014 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention just right around the corner, legendary special effects artist Robert Kurtzman recently shared some cool photos of the make-up appliances that he’ll be using next weekend when Robert Englund is transformed into Freddy Krueger one last time.
And for those of you who may have missed the original announcement, Englund will be appearing in full Freddy Krueger make-up for one final time, courtesy of Kurtzman who will be doing the Freddy make-up application himself on Friday, August 8th. Fans in attendance at Flashback Weekend will also have the opportunity to take their picture with Robert Englund in his full Freddy make-up as part of a special photo-op that evening which will celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street as well as help benefit the Digital Projector Fund for the Midway Drive-in in Dixon, Illinois.
Later that evening, »
- Heather Wixson
Let me begin this review by stating this is most-definitely not your typical horror fare; something audiences will realise a mere five minutes into this raucous, sure-to-be-cult-hit, movie. Written and directed by J.T. Petty, who also penned the graphic novel on which this is based, Hellbenders is a genre-bending horror comedy that is most akin to Don Coscarelli’s recent movie John Dies at the End. If I had to narrow the analogy down I’d say Hellbenders is best described as The Exorcist meets Ghostbusters by way of Don Coscarelli and [early] Kevin Smith…
Sound interesting? Then go out and buy it. Trust me. The rest of you? Let me try and convince you why you should spend your hard-earned cash on this little indie horror that could. »
- Phil Wheat
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…
At the Flashback Weekend on August 8th (get tickets here), Englund will be putting on the make-up for photos and signing autographs. Here’s what else is happening…
Flashback Weekend is a horror convention with a deeper initiative. Our philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In. Flashback Weekend owns and operates the Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, Il to support the film industry and to present classic 35mm horror film festivals. For this reason, all net proceeds from Flashback Weekend and the Robert Englund Freddy Krueger make-up photo-ops go to the preservation and operation of the Midway Drive-In, located in Dixon, Il.
- Luke Owen
If Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series has a single defining trait, it is an incredible, unwavering strangeness. Nothing in the films exists in a way that isn’t somehow off; even before we factor in the dwarf slaves from another planet brought to the earth through a massive tuning fork that is a portal to a different dimension hidden in the basement of a funeral home, the portrait of everyday life we’re shown never quite matches up with one we can clearly relate to. An orphan pair of brothers are best friends with a balding ice cream salesman, neither of them seem to have a job, and the younger brother is friends with a girl his age whose grandmother is some sort of fortune teller or witch. The world is never so far off that we feel its unreality, but it’s also never close enough that we feel comfortable or grounded. »
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