Sunday, December 7, 2014

Interview: Prop Maker Michael Baker

Most of us would probably like to think we had the know-how to transform your basic Christmas ornament into one of the Tall Man's flying balls of death, but the artistry of prop making entails so much more than that. One phan who has managed to master the sphere making process is Michael Baker of BakerProps. If you've seen his creations, you can't help but be impressed. They hold up very well against the screen work of Willard Green, Steve Patino and Kerry Prior. In this post, I pick Michael's brain about his unusual talent. 

Read on for the interview and to see pictures of his ghastly works!

Monday, November 17, 2014

GALLERY: Scrimm Award Ceremony & Exhumed Book Signing

This past weekend saw the New York City Horror Film Festival award its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to a very deserving Angus Scrimm. The Tall Man actor was on hand to personally receive the award at the Tribeca Cinema - along with yours truly and Phantasm series crewmember Kristen Deem. His award ceremony was followed by a brief Q&A and a PHANTASM EXHUMED book signing.

EXHUMED photographer Scott Pensa was on hand to document the event and you can see all of his wonderful photos by expanding this post. These include the award presentation itself, the onstage tributes to the Tall Man and the book signing.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Angus Scrimm on TMZ!!

In a really weird turn of events, everyone's favorite Tall Man turned up on the front page of celebrity gossip website TMZ this morning as part of their "Memba Him?" photo series. The goal is apparently to contrast current photos of celebrities with older photos from their career. Even decades after first donning the Tall Man's suit, Angus still looks smashing and mighty fearsome if I do say so myself.

Was anyone else kind of hopeful he might have made the front page for sphere-drilling Miley Cyrus or embalming Kim Kardashian? Now THAT would be a great TMZ article. Special thanks to Kristy Jett for the head's up on this one!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rock out to "Morningside Cemetery"

There's nothing better to follow up a Phantasm rock tune with than with another Phantasm rock tune! On the heels of my posting Scotty Bootz Georgeson's theme cover last week comes another fantastic phan creation - this one by singer/songwriter Matt Martinek. It's an original song featuring a new riff on the Phantasm theme called "Morningside Cemetery" and, unlike most Phantasm songs I come across, actually has lyrics inspired by the films. As the opening suggests, "Take a walk through Morningside..."

Matt stopped by Phantasm Community recently to share his song and writes "Long live the Tall Man." Hear, hear.

Hailing from Johnstown, PA, his artist biography reads: "Multi-instrumentalist Matt Martinek cannot really be lumped into one genre specifically. His interest in different kinds of music is apparent, as he infuses pop, metal, blues, country, folk, and even some rap into his musical creations. When asked about his differing styles, he replies "It all goes with my mood. If I'm feeling heavy and rude, I write it. If I'm feeling lovely and caring, I'll throw it out there. My musical footprint as a whole cannot be classified. I do not care for limits, so I break them as often as I can".

Expand this post to hear and download "Morningside Cemetery."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Incredible One-Man Cover of the Phantasm Theme

The internet is rife with covers of the classic Phantasm theme, many of them very good. Few are as impressive or as unusual as the recent one performed by guitarist Scotty Bootz Georgeson in the YouTube video you see below. Scotty began by dividing the Fred Myrow/Malcolm Seagrave theme into four parts and next recorded himself playing each separate part. When he combined these four performances into one video, the result is powerful!

And apparently I'm not the only one that holds that opinion. Don Coscarelli himself posted Scotty's theme to the official Phantasm Facebook page on August 7, prompting a whopping 866 likes!

I actually had the surprise pleasure of meeting Scotty at Chicago's Flashback Weekend this past summer. He started to bring up his theme cover, but I was one step ahead of him! I had actually already ripped an MP3 from his video and uploaded it to my phone for my long drive to Chicago. It is pure Phantasmic goodness!

Expand this post to see and hear Scotty's cover!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Phantasm Exhumed headed to New York City

Scrimm Photo by Casey Tejavej
Next month, the New York City Horror Film Festival will honor actor Angus Scrimm with their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the Phantasm franchise and in numerous other genre classics. Previous recipients include Rob Zombie, Lloyd Kaufman, Robert Englund and Wes Craven. Even better, the Tall Man himself will be on hand to receive the award at a special presentation!

Yours truly will also be in attendance signing copies of PHANTASM EXHUMED with the Tall Man and series crewmember/book photographer Kristen Deem! The festival is also honoring Norman Reedus, better known as Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead. Reedus will also be signing copies of his new book THANKS FOR ALL THE NICENESS.

More details available on the Fangoria website. I look forward to seeing some "phans" in the Big Apple!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Phantasmic Pumpkins for Halloween 2014

Halloween is near, which means it's time for Natalie Tomaszewski to grace us with another batch of her famous Phantasm pumpkin creations! Natalie first carved the Tall Man in 2011 followed by Jebediah Morningside in 2013. This year, she graces us with multiple characters - Jebediah Morningside, Mike Pearson and the Lady in Lavender. Even cooler, her Lady in Lavender is carved from the character's depiction in the upcoming Phantasm: Ravager!

Lavender herself (actress Kat Lester) comments on Natalie's pumpkin: "That's amazing! XoxMeow! I love it, Natalie!"

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Quiet Times

While things may have been quiet around these parts lately, the world of Phantasm has been anything but quiet! This past weekend saw Don Coscarelli and the entire cast reunite in Chicago for the Flashback Weekend convention. Yours truly was also there manning a table for my new book, Phantasm Exhumed!

Expect a whole slew of photos and videos across the next week as I get it all organized. In the mean time, here's one of my favorite photos from the event as snapped by Scott Pensa. The Tall Man and I spent many an hour working on this tome and I'm mighty proud to finally have him sign my copy.

Also, if you haven't picked up your copy of the book yet... it's only $16.57 right now at Amazon! I'm also finally offering author-signed copies over on the book website.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Phantasm Comic by Lee Davis

Here's a real treat for those of you starving for more Phantasm goodness but unable to wait until Phantasm: Ravager is finally upon us! 

Phan and Artist Lee Davis has made available his terrific 26-page comic from 2012 titled Phantasm: Transcendence. It's an action-packed affair that he both wrote and illustrated and includes appearances by Mike, Reggie, Rocky, Liz, Tim and the Tall Man. You can download the entire comic in PDF form from the Archives here. Visit Lee's website to see more of his work here.

The issue mentions being the first in a series of four issues, but this appears to be the only one. Fingers crossed that more issues emerge some day. Surely Phantasm couldn't be so unlucky as to have TWO separate four-issue miniseries stall after the release of the first comic?

If reading a PDF comic isn't your thing, you can watch a video version of it below with introduction from Lee.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

NEW RAVAGER PICS: The Battle 'Cuda

Thanks to Instagram user 'mathias76,' we now have a better look at the souped up Battle 'Cuda from the upcoming Phantasm: Ravager! The concept of an armored 'Cuda first appeared in Roger Avary's Phantasm 1999 script, but that project never got off the ground. The recent teaser trailer for Ravager revealed that the concept had been carried over and to great effect - the 'Cuda is still looking wicked. That's Don Coscarelli in the first image. Click either photo to see it larger!

If you're hungry for more Phantasm: Ravager photos and information, why not pick up a copy of my recently released companion book, Phantasm Exhumed? It features an introduction by Angus Scrimm, interviews with more than sixty cast/crew, more than 250 rare photographs and, as already mentioned, an exclusive look at Phantasm: Ravager. It's currently on sale at Amazon for $17.55!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Phantasm Exhumed Book NOW AVAILABLE!

It's been a long time coming, but Phantasm Exhumed is finally available for sale on Amazon. It should be available on a slew of other websites in coming weeks as well as in select specialty bookstores and sketchy backroad gas stations.

This book, the first ever on the making of the franchise, has been a long labor of love on the part of yours truly. It's packing more than 60 interviews, more than 250 rare photos and clocks in at a whopping 268 pages. It boasts introduction and set journals by the Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm, and features a concluding section on the upcoming Phantasm: Ravager, complete with new behind the scenes photos.

To answer a few frequently asked questions, the eBook versions are in the works now and will feature new color photos not seen in this version. There is also a collector's hardcover color edition in the works for later this year, but this will be very limited in quantity and priced as such due to the materials used. 

Lastly, a handful of people have surprisingly inquired about obtaining copies signed by the author (me). I'm happy to sell signed copies, but I won't have my giant stockpile of books until early May. If you're cool waiting that long, drop me an email to get one.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


And here we go...