Review by Charlie Dunlap
While many maverick directors’ career trajectories seem to dip into progressively safer waters over the years, Don Coscarelli’s work never seems to lose the creative spark that first lit up the silver screens in 1979 with his refreshingly original and surreal Phantasm, a film that captured enough of the genre’s collective consciousness to spawn several sequels throughout the 80′s and 90′s.
In 2002, Coscarelli broadened his career with the well-received and automatic cult classic, Bruce Campbell vehicle, Bubba Ho-Tep, revealing that Coscarelli was more than a one-trick pony whose youthful energy had struck gold via the unique concepts pulsating through Phantasm. Outside of a decent Masters of Horror episode in 2005 and rumors of a Bubba Ho-Tep sequel that has yet to materialize (now entertainingly titled, Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires), however, Coscarelli largely disappeared before the unveiling of John Dies at the End.
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