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Though he was just 25 years old when Phantasm hit theaters, many don't know that the cult 1979 horror film was actually director Don Coscarelli's third movie. In fact, at the age of 19, he became the youngest director ever to have a film distributed by a major studio (a statistic that's often been alleged but which I cannot independently confirm) when Universal acquired his teen drama Jim, the World's Greatest for distribution. That film, which was financed by Coscarelli's father -- who put up the money for production after having "a good year in the stock market," in Coscarelli's words -- landed the teenage filmmaker and his co-director Craig Mitchell an office on the studio's lot to finish the movie. It was an unusually auspicious Big Hollywood start to a career that ended up taking a less-mainstream turn as the years went on. "I've been working my way downward ever since, »
- Chris Eggertsen
In 1979, Don Coscarelli was 23 years old when he made a haunting, off-beat tale of two brothers facing off against an inter-dimensional threat known as The Tall Man, who Angus Scrimm (Coscarelli’s best friend) played with psychopathic intensity. “Phantasm” became a cult phenomenon, spawning four sequels; the purported finale, “Phantasm: Ravager” (Well Go USA), opens this week. But Scrimm’s no longer around to help promote it, and Coscarelli’s left on his own to contemplate a rocky career.
Whether or not it’s truly the last, “Ravager” does mark Scrimm’s final performance. The actor died in January at the age of 89, not long after production wrapped. When “Phantasm: Ravager” premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, alongside a new 4k restoration of the original film (aided by Jj Abrams’ production studio, Bad Robot), the screenings had the air of a wake.
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- Eric Kohn
Phantasm: Ravager, 2016.
Directed by David Hartman.
For 37 years, audiences have followed small town friends Reggie, Mike, and Jody in their quest to stop the evil, dimension-hopping schemes of The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm in his final performance) and his armada of killer Sentinel Spheres. Now, Don Coscarelli’s acclaimed horror/sci-fi Phantasm franchise comes to a close in a truly epic finale, a multi-dimensional battle across multiple timelines, alien planets, and altered realities, where no less than the fate of Earth is on the line.
A beloved horror movie franchise with devoted “phans” the worldwide over, the Phantasm series got off to a stellar start in 1979 with Don Coscarelli’s original Phantasm that had a nightmarish narrative and a vivid story straight from the grave concerning two brothers – Jody (Bill Thornbury) and Mike »
- Amie Cranswick
The original 1979 cult classic Phantasm is scoring an all-new 4K restoration. It will be joined by never-before-seen HD restorations of 1994's "Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead" and 1998's "Phantasm IV: Oblivion".
They will joined by the debut of the fifth and final film in the series, 2016's "Phantasm: Ravager". All four films will be made available in remastered, high-definition versions across all cable and digital platforms on October 7th. The remaster of the first film will get a limited theatrical re-release on September 24th, while 'Ravager' will have a day-and-date limited theatrical on October 7th.
A Blu-ray and DVD Collector's Edition set will follow later this year. Sadly there's an obvious hole here, 1988's "Phantasm II," which isn't scoring a »
- Garth Franklin
*Updated with the official press release.* Those who dared to face the Tall Man have played a good game, but that game is not quite finished. Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to the remastered first entry and the anticipated last movie in the Phantasm franchise, and they will release both films in theaters this fall.
Press Release: Dallas, TX (July 28, 2016) – Well Go USA Entertainment announced its acquisition of North American rights for Don Coscarelli’s legendary Phantasm series, including an all-new 4K restoration of the original 1979 cult classic Phantasm: Remastered, never-before-seen HD restorations of 1994’s Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead and 1998’s Phantasm IV: Oblivion, and the long-anticipated debut of the fifth and final film in the series, 2016’s Phantasm: Ravager.
On October 7th, for the first time ever, the Phantasm series will be available in remastered, high-definition versions across all cable and digital platforms. »
- Derek Anderson
Who's planning to add Phantasm 2 to their Netflix account in order to check out this supposedly great sex scene?
Noah is officially no longer a virgin, and if we are to believe the rules of Scream, that means he's a goner.
The promo following Scream Season 2 Episode 9 sure didn't look good for him.
Being that this killer seems to have a habit of leaving people alive, I'm choosing to believe Noah will live, too. He's too big a character to die this early.
It feels like each character is taking a turn as the prime suspect, and they are really trying to make us buy into the "Emma's killing people in her sleep" theory. People have been guessing that Emma's been behind this all season and that she just doesn't realize it, but I personally have not jumped on that ship.
Going that route would feel cheap. Sidney was never the killer, »
- Stacy Glanzman
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
A few years ago Jeremy Kirk gave a listen to the first Phantasm‘s commentary, but we never returned to Don Coscarelli‘s nightmarish world again with this column until now. The unfortunate passing of Angus Scrimm — aka The Tall Man — this past week has encouraged me to revisit the franchise with the second film in the series. It’s also the only entry I caught in theaters — I was too young for the first one, and the subsequent sequels have gone direct to DVD. Scream Factory released a fantastically packed Collector’s Edition of Phantasm II in 2013 featuring a commentary track with Coscarelli, Scrimm, and Reggie Bannister. (Just ignore that the option screen to select the commentary spells Scrimm’s name as “Scrumm.”) The director is such a calm, friendly, informative speaker, and his two guests follow suit making for a fun, anecdote-filled track. Keep reading to see what I heard on the Phantasm II commentary »
- Rob Hunter
Sad news for horror fans. Angus Scrimm, the veteran character actor perhaps best known as The Tall Man in the Phantasm franchise, has passed away at the age of 89. He is also known for his role in the 2008 horror movie I Sell the Dead. He had a recurring role in the TV series Alias. And Angus Scrimm was also the voice behind the spooky audio play series Tales from Beyond the Pale.
Phantasm director Don Coscarelli, who is a friend and long time collaborator of Angus Scrimm, notified EW of the actor's passing on Saturday night. Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm first brought life to the horror icon The Tall Man in 1979, the figure central to the plot in Phantasm. The Tall Man is a menacing mortician with a grotesque stare and superhuman strength. He can transform the dead into zombie dwarfs that do his evil bidding. And his weapon »
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