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The Tall Man, Reggie “Hot As Love” Bannister, Jody, and the boooooooy are all coming back to theaters: Both the Bad Robot-funded restoration of the 1979 cult classic Phantasm:Remastered and the new sequel Phantasm: Ravager have official release dates, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Phantasm: Ravager has been seemingly floating around in a crimson-tinted alternate dimension since the first trailer was released in December of 2014, beating Lionsgate’s Blair Witch to the punch as far as surprise sequels go. Now Well Go USA Entertainment has picked up the distribution rights to the fifth Phantasm adventure, and will unleash Angus Scrimm’s final performance as The Tall Man onto theaters and home video on October 7. Ravager is the latest entry in the franchise since 1994’s Phantasm: Oblivion, and according to creator Don Coscarelli will tie up all the loose ends (and there are plenty) in the Phantasm saga ...
- Mike Vanderbilt
Shout! Factory’s “Inside Look” panel took place tonight at Comic-Con, and Scream Factory revealed thirteen upcoming Blu-ray releases for horror fans to look forward to, including Collector’s Edition Blu-rays for Black Christmas (1974), Bubba Ho-Tep, and Rabid, as well as a Slumber Party Massacre double feature Blu-ray and more.
2 Willard (1971) – The rare 70s rat-revenge film is (finally) coming to DVD & Blu-ray!
3. Ben (1972) – The sequel to Willard.
4. Black Christmas (1974) (Collector’s Edition) – The original slasher classic!
5. Poltergeist II (1986) (Collector’s Edition)– “They’re Back!”
6. Poltergeist III (1988) (Collector’s Edition) – “They’ve Found Her!”
8. Rabid (1977) (Collector’s Edition) – The early Cronenberg classic! »
- Derek Anderson
Putting together a film festival of any type takes time, commitment (or committed), a reliable team, a diverse lineup, luck plus so much more. We sat down with four of the most well established genre film festivals that have survived & thrived for over five years in the northeast part of North America. These four key participants bring different perspectives, experience, selective eye and personality to this discussion as we covered a wide variety of topics gaining insight into what makes this annual celebrations of film, fans and filmmakers a must to attend! So take a read, share each part of the mass panel interview, look for new parts in this interview series to come and most important come out and support them! The usual suspects included in the panel are:
Boston Underground Film Festival: 18 Years (Buff) / http://bostonunderground.org – “Artistic Director” Kevin Monahan
Ithaca Fantastik: 5 Years (If) / http://ithacafilmfestival.com »
- Jay Kay
On this week’s eerie installment of The Girls In The Back Row, Tab is once again joined by Michael LeBois from Red Tide Rising to talk about Don Coscarelli’s timeless terror title “Phantasm”. As Michael viewed the film with fresh eyes, the petrifying pair discuss the badassery of the teenage Mike, Reggie Bannister’s awesome guitar skills (and ponytail), and the […] »
- Fangoria Staff
Lucio Fulci's classic Italian shocker, Zombie, is one of the most notorious film of the genre and now it appears the story will be a big part of a new prestige series of comics spearheaded by publishing upstart, Eibon Press.
The guys behind the venture are Stephen Romano, who is responsible for Shock Festival and is also the writer of Don Coscarelli’s Masters of Horror segment "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road", and Shawn Lewis (Black Devil Doll). They started the compa [Continued ...] »
Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm was released almost 37 years ago and, for almost as long, genre fans have suffered with the subpar treatment of this cult classic in terms of the film’s appearance and inadequate sound mix. Thankfully, that is no longer the case due to J. J. Abrams and the awesome folks at Bad Robot taking on the 4K restoration of Phantasm as a passion project, and the results are beyond stunning. The film has never looked or sounded better than it does in this iteration and, for those of us who have fondly followed the series, it’s a beautiful tribute to both the fans and the work of those involved with Phantasm, including the late, great Angus Scrimm.
Considering the climate of the genre when it was released in the late ’70s, Phantasm has always stood out to me as one of the more uniquely terrifying horror »
- Heather Wixson
A remastered Phantasm took SXSW by storm Monday, March 14, in Austin, Tex. Director/writer Don Coscarelli was joined by series stars A. Michael Baldwin and Kathy Lester, co-producer Paul Pepperman, and J.J. Abrams himself, who, through his production company, Bad Robot, spearheaded the effort to get the film back to as pristine a condition as possible. The 1979 feature underwent a meticulous 4k restoration based off the original 35mm negative. While we’re sad that the Tall Man, Angus Scrimm, passed on last year, we’re hoping the flick will screen across the country soon so we can celebrate his contribution to horror cinema!
All photos by Jim Bennett
- Harker Jones
Photo gallery from the SXSW premiere of Phantasm: Remastered. Yesterday we ran a fantastic interview with director Don Coscarelli about the Phantasm franchise, specifically the new 4K restoration overseen by Hollywood genre hero J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. The world premiere of that new version of the film, dubbed Phantasm: Remastered, premiered last night at…
The post 10 Photos From the SXSW Premiere of Phantasm: Remastered appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
One of the highlights of this year’s SXSW Film Festival is without question the screening of the new 4K restoration of Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm, which came to be with the help of J.J. Abrams. On tap right now we have… Continue Reading →
The post SXSW 2016: Phantasm 4K Images from Film and Event appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
You wouldn’t expect a man who built his career on a horror franchise about a supernatural undertaker who plots to take over the world through a sinister plot that involves grave-robbing and weaponized metal spheres to be the nicest and most straightforward person in the world, but director Don Conscarelli fits the bill. The director of […]
- Jacob Hall
Director Don Coscarelli on the new 4K restoration of Phantasm and more. Within the history of horror, Don Coscarelli‘s 1979 classic Phantasm will always be known as a pillar of the genre. To its everlasting credit, the film introduced some of horror’s most iconic visuals, characters and score and now nearly 20 years later the…
- Chris Alexander
After nearly 37 years, it’s incredible that not only are fans still discussing Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm, but we’re getting ready to experience the film in a way I would have never dreamed possible: a 4K restoration spearheaded by J.J. Abrams and completed by the fine folks at Bad Robot. This new version is set to screen at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival on Monday, March 14th, and Daily Dead had the chance to sit down with Coscarelli in advance of the screening to hear about how this collaboration came about, what’s different in Phantasm: Remastered, and much more.
I knew J.J. loved Phantasm, but there are a lot of directors that love older movies and don’t ever step into this capacity and resurrect it with a brand new transfer. How did this all happen?
Don Coscarelli: He was such a passionate fan over the »
- Heather Wixson
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Don Coscarelli's 1979 horror film Phantasm has a legion of loyal fans but, until late last year, no one would have suspected that one of its biggest was mega-producer J.J. Abrams. In fact the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is such a fan that his company, Bad Robot, took on the arduous task of restoring the film's picture and audio for a new 4K remastered edition.
This pristine new print will have its theatrical premier at SXSW on Monday, March 14. The screening will, of course, be a midnight one.
To talk about all th [Continued ...] »
It’s hard to believe that another South by Southwest Film Festival is almost upon us, and this year’s lineup is yet another stellar collection of indie films, shorts, documentaries and experiential projects from all over the world. As we prepare to bring our readers extensive coverage over the next week from Austin, here’s a look at the 11 genre-related films and TV shows we’re excited to check out during the festival, which begins on Friday, March 11th.
[Writer’s Note: During Sundance 2016, this writer had the privilege of covering two great genre films: Under the Shadow from Babak Anvari and Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park. Since I had the chance to catch both of these films back in January, I decided it wouldn’t be fair to include them here in my preview piece (however, genre fans attending SXSW should definitely check out both films during the fest, as they are equally incredible).]
Festival Synopsis: From Blumhouse, the film tells the story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen, who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta (World Premiere)
- Heather Wixson
As with most things in life, the fault rests with Brian Salisbury. I’ve had Don Coscarelli‘s The Beastmaster on the brain since late January when Salisbury and Robert Cargill covered the movie on their Junkfood Cinema podcast, and the recent announcement of a beautiful new 4k restoration of Coscarelli’s most famous film, Phantasm, sealed the deal. It was time to re-watch some Coscarelli. My favorite of his films is also his most recent, John Dies at the End, but I decided to go back to the one I thoroughly enjoyed as a pre-teen thanks to its PG-rated sword, sorcery, and topless bathing action. Coscarelli is always a fun listen — we’ve previously covered his commentaries for Phantasm and Phantasm II — and he’s joined here by his frequent collaborator, Paul Pepperman. Keep reading to see what I heard on The Beastmaster commentary. The Beastmaster (1982) Commentator: Don Coscarelli (director, co-writer »
- Rob Hunter
Weirdly, Massive Attack's new music video for their track "Voodoo in My Blood" (feat. Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers) merges imagery from two cult horror films I've recently written about: Don Coscarelli's Phantasm (included on my Watchlist of 5 great telekinesis movies, viewable above) and the late Andrzej Zulawski's Possession, which features a legendary subway meltdown from French actress Isabelle Adjani. Coincidence? The clip stars Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike, whose long-sleeved blue dress is an obvious tribute to the one Adjani wore in Possession, and it was directed by Ringan Ledwidge, who obviously has a thing for the spinning, deadly silver spheres Coscarelli dreamed up for his bizarro 1979 classic. It's a fascinating video, tailor-made for lovers of cult horror cinema. Watch it below. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Hey y’all! I’m back to-
“Shaun Of The Dead!” someone shouts.
Alright, alright, settle down now. Settle down. I’ve got something to tell you. A lot of you know what I’m about to say. Some of you might sense what’s coming. Regardless, let’s all take a knee.
Deep breath in.
Deep breath out.
…Shaun Of The Dead is almost 12 years old.
I know. It hurts. We’re super old and it’s a problem. Kids who were born the day Shaun came out are in secondary school. They’ve probably hit puberty. They’re feeling weird feelings about each other that they can’t explain. Their parents are probably starting to piss them off. Their parents who are probably us. We could be the parents of »
Simply put, the SXSW Film, Music and Interactive Festival is one of the biggest, most prestigious events in the media calendar. Taking place annually in Austin, Texas, it is beloved by film fans and filmmakers from all over the world, and has reached such heights by building a reputation for showcasing excellent content. This results in a high level of competition, with the Narrative Feature category alone having received 1442 submissions this year, and the documentary feature category having received 1,013.
The 2016 event looks to be particularly exciting, with many world premieres and feature debuts already announced. The Narrative Feature category will include Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens, Debra Eisenstadt’s Before The Sun Explodes, Joey Klein’s The Other Half, and Musa Syeed’s A Stray, among others, while the Headliner category will feature Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some.
- Sarah Myles
“Phantasm,” the classic 1979 horror movie by U.S. cult director Don Coscarelli, has been freshly restored largely thanks to J.J. Abrams, a longtime fan. Pic is being sold as “Phantasm: Remastered” at Berlin’s Efm mart.
Abrams reportedly gave Gwendoline Christie’s character in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” the name of Captain Phasma as a tribute to the pic. “Phantasm” stars recently deceased character actor Angus Scrimm, who plays the Tall Man, who kills victims with flying spheres.
“When J.J. Abrams came to me with the unexpected and insanely generous offer of using the services of his Bad Robot Productions company to assist with a meticulous 4K restoration of ‘Phantasm,’ scanned from the original 35mm camera negative, it was literally a dream come true,” enthused Coscarelli in a statement.
“J.J. has been a fan of the film from way back and wanted to see ‘Phantasm’ presented to »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Midnighters selections for this year’s SXSW Film Festival have been announced, and it’s chock full of movies from veteran horrormeisters and up-and-comers. Taking place March 11-19 in Austin, Texas, SXSW will showcase the world premiere of the completed Phantasm: Remastered, J.J. Abrams’ restoration of Don Coscarelli’s classic (an unfinished version showed at Austin’s Butt-Numb-a-Thon […] »
- Michael Gingold
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