Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Huge North American Phantasm Box Set Announced!

Mere days after Arrow announced their mammoth new sphere-replica-packing Blu-Ray set, Well Go has unleashed some details on Amazon regarding their own upcoming box set for the United States/Canada. Curious that they decided to release this announcement now as the supplement list is woefully incomplete! But it is marvelous to see the return of so many older supplements to this box set. The six-disc Blu-ray set is currently priced at $79.98 (expect that to drop a bit!) and expected to hit on March 28, 2017.

Does this mean we currently have a boxset war going down? Arrow vs Well Go? Place your bets, winner kills all! You can click the spiffy new artwork to your right to see it larger.

Disc 1: PHANTASM
Audio Commentary with Don Coscarelli and Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm and Bill Thornbury
Graveyard Carz
Interviews with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm
Deleted Scenes
Cast interviews - Phantasm: Actors Having a Ball
Home Movies with commentary by Don Coscarelli and Reggie Bannister
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Angus Scrimm Introduction
Fangoria TV Spot
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

Disc 2: PHANTASM II

Audio Commentary with Don Coscarelli, actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Banister
The Ball is Back documentary on the making of PHANTASM II
The Gory Days an interview with Special Make-up Effects Artist Greg Nicotero
Deleted Scenes
Workprint Scenes
TV Spots
Theatrical Trailers
Behind the Scenes
Still Galleries

Disc 3: PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD

Audio Commentary with Stars A. Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm
Phantasm III: Behind-the-Scenes
Deleted Scene
Radio Spot
Still Gallery
Trailer

Disc 4: PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION

Audio Commentary with Director Don Coscarelli and Actors Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm
Phantasm IV: Behind-The-Scenes
Trailer

Disc 5: PHANTASM V: RAVAGER

Audio Commentary with co-writer/director David Hartman and co-writer/producer Don Coscarelli
Behind the Scenes
Deleted Scenes
Phuntasm: Bloopers and Outtakes
Theatrical Trailer

Disc 6: BONUS DISC

Phantasmagoria: a documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
Phantasmagorical Mystery Tour with your host, Reggie Bannister
Phantasm Genesis
Phandom
Fangoria TV Commercial with Angus Scrimm
Angus Scrimm 1989 Convention Appearance

And much, much more to be announced including new extra features in production

Friday, January 13, 2017

Massive UK Phantasm Boxset Coming from Arrow!


Here we go! That long rumored Phantasm box set from Arrow Video? The distributor has now formally announced it and a slew of initial bonus features. The set is to planned to arrive April 24, 2017 and will feature a silver sphere replica and 152-page book on the franchise! This premium Blu-Ray collection will be limited to 10,000 copies.




NEW UK ONLY TITLE: Phantasm 1-5 – (Limited Edition Blu-ray Collection)
The Phantasm series is back with added balls! Limited to 10,000 copies.
Pre-order your copy: http://bit.ly/2io2QMA
Release Date: 24th April 2017
Few horror movie franchises are as iconic as Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series. From its deadly flying silver spheres through to its hooded dwarf minions, and of course, the towering figure of arch villain The Tall Man himself, the imagery conjured up by the Phantasm films remains etched in the psyche of genre fans everywhere.
Beginning with the 1979 original through to 2016’s Phantasm: Ravager, the five films which make up the Phantasm series follow the young Mike Baldwin as he battles against the enigmatic “Tall Man” - an extraterrestrial being intent on harvesting the human race as slaves for his home planet. Aided by friend Reggie and his trusty four-barrelled shotgun, Mike resolves to vanquish the Tall Man before he wipes out humanity altogether.
Brought together for the first time on Blu-ray - including a stunning new 4K restoration of the original Phantasm overseen by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Into Darkness) - the Phantasm series is back with added balls!
LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL PHEATURES•All 5 Phantasm movies together on Blu-ray for the first time!
•Limited Edition Bonus Disc featuring Exclusive Pheatures
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all films
•Exclusive 152-page book with new writing on the Phantasm universe from Kim Newman and Bill Ackerman alongside a wealth of archive material, all fully illustrated with original stills and posters
•Replica Phantasm Sphere
•Limited Edition Packaging with newly-commissioned artwork from Gary Pullin
PHANTASM (1979 - 2016 REMASTERED) •Phantasm: Remastered 2016 Theatrical Version
•Original Theatrical Mono or Remastered 5.1 Surround Options
•Phantasm: Remastered 2016 Los Angeles Premiere Audience Track – Join the audience of die-hard fans as they experience the restored classic for the first time!
•Archive audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury and Angus Scrimm
•Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm – brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm, including new interviews with cast and crew
•Behind-the-Scenes footage with commentary by Don Coscarelli and Reggie Bannister
•1979 TV interview with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm
•Deleted Scenes (6)
•Original Trailer
•TV Spots
•Radio Spots (5)
•Stills Gallery
PHANTASM II (1988)•Original Theatrical Stereo
•Audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister
•Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm II – brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm II, including new interviews with cast and crew
•Angus Scrimm 1989 Convention Appearance
•Fangoria TV Spot
•Original Trailer
•TV Spots
•Stills Gallery
PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD (1994)•Original Theatrical Stereo or 5.1 Surround Options
•Audio commentary with actors A. Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm
•Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm III – brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm III, including new interviews with cast and crew
•Original Trailer
•Stills Gallery 
PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION (1998)•Original Theatrical Stereo or 5.1 Surround Options
•Audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister
•Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm IV – brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm IV, including new interviews with cast and crew
•Original Trailer
•Stills Gallery
PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016)•2.0 Stereo and 5.1 Surround Options
•Phantasm: Ravager 2016 Los Angeles Premiere Audience Track – Join the audience of die-hard fans as they experience Ravager for the first time!
•Audio commentary with director David Hartman and writer/producer Don Coscarelli
•Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm: Ravager – brand new pheaturette looking at the making of Ravager, including new interviews with cast and crew
•Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by David Hartman and Don Coscarelli
•Phuntasm - Bloopers and Outtakes
•Phantasm and You - a light-hearted recap of the Phantasm franchise directed by David Hartman
•Original Trailer 
BONUS DISC•Phantasmagoria - pheature-length documentary covering the original Phantasm through to Phantasm IV: Oblivion, including interviews with key cast and crew members
• Phantasmagorical Tour - actor Reggie Bannister hosts a tour of some of the key filming locations from Phantasm
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Angus Scrimm's Final Film Screening Soon

The Phantasm Archives has received word that Angus Scrimm's final film, Dances with Werewolves, will be having a special public screening later this month. Angus plays the lovable Neumann, a vagrant character. We can also debut a new still of our beloved Tall Man from the project!

The official press release reads, "George R.R. Martin's Jean Cocteau Cinema will host a special screening of Angus Scrimm's final film, Dances with Werewolves, the night of January 27. Guests will include cast members Tatiana DeKhtyar, Omar Paz Trujillo, Lauren Parkinson, and Madeleine Wade. Also on hand will be composer Don Preston, singer/songwriter Kasey Lansdale, and co-writer/producer/co-director Dan Golden. The Jean Cocteau Cinema is located at 418 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. "

You can view the film's trailer below, which includes a snippet of Angus' final screen performance.









Wednesday, December 21, 2016

New Italian Phantasm Book Now Available

On the heels of Rue Morgue's Phantasm companion announcement earlier this month comes word from Italy that publisher Weird Books have debuted their own Phantasm tome. Titled Phantasm: l’Universo di Tall Man, the book is authored by Luigi Boccia, Lorenzo Ricciardi, Giada Cecchinelli, Nicola Lombardi, Fabio Giovannini and Dustin McNeill (yes, yours truly!). My contribution is a small piece in tribute to the power and legacy of Angus Scrimm's performance as the Tall Man ("Tribute to a Tall Man.")

Phantasm: l’Universo di Tall Man spans 162 pages and is entirely in Italian. The book features new interviews with Don Coscarelli, David Hartman and Reggie & Gigi Bannister. It is available for purchase now from the publisher's website.

For those of you who speak Italian, the official description reads: "L’unico libro in Italia che racconta la saga di Phantasm. Un’analisi lucida degli incubi di Don Coscarelli nella societ√† in subbuglio degli anni Settanta: la nascita del Tall Man e del suo inferno privato, l’influenza della Nuova Hollywood e il cinema degli zombie, l’universo distopico e il primo supervillain del grande schermo. 

Tra morte e stregoneria, profanazione dei simboli e terrore delle invasioni aliene, l’esperimento registico di Coscarelli reinventa la concezione di “genere”, portando il germe di una nuova scienza che preceder√† di trentacinque anni gli sforzi cinematografici dell’avveniristico Interstellar."

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CREEPY New Tall Man Puppet For Sale

Get ready for the creepiest thing you're likely to see today. The Scary Closet company is now offering ten hand-crafted Tall Man puppets for sale, each measuring four feet tall and hand-signed by Angus Scrimm himself. The price tag is a little hefty ($2,495), but the craftsmanship on display in this piece is as chilling as it is breathtaking. You can order your own Tall Man puppet here.

Whatever you do, make sure you watch the embedded video below. The picture to your right, while terrific, just does not do this thing justice.

Description from the Etsy listing: This product is a high-end handcrafted by top professionals in the FX industry puppet size doll using production stills and over 100 screenshots from the film to bring this life like over sized puppet doll to collector’s hands. The size is approx. 48" inches from top to bottom (4 feet) This will make the ultimate Christmas gift to any horror/Sci-Fi fan but please try not to be to scared as this Tall Man figure when left alone at times has been known to yell out in the middle of the night BOYEEEEE!!!!!! Meticulously high-end custom hand made puppet as are all from The Scary Closet, we included a very hard to find custom made and matched vintage tie tack with ruby stone as worn by Angus Scrimm aka The Tall Man in the Phantasm film franchise. So much attention to detail was spent on this project that took us more than a year to complete. If you will notice the detail on the hands and head were painted with age spots and veins and hair was a very long 2 part process to achieve. The body is not a cheap plush doll body but a custom made 20 pound PVC with resin joints held together by industrial strength eye hooks and over 50 individual pieces and comes dressed in his popular black suit. These 10 are works of art as the paint was done by famed artist and co-creator of the 1980's cult classic: Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Charles Chiodo.



Thursday, December 8, 2016

Official Phantasm Book Coming in February!

And here you thought Mondo's Christmas Ornament was going to be the best Phantasm news of the week. Rue Morgue has just announced that they are releasing an Authorized Phantasm Film Companion in February! Dig that wild cover artwork to your right and read on for the details.

"Step through the gates of Morningside Mortuary with Rondo Award-winning Rue Morgue columnist and lifelong Phan John W. Bowen for a tour of the Tall Man's domain, personally guided by Phantasm series mastermind Don Coscarelli and friends. One of the horror genre's most beloved film franchises, Phantasm, comes to life with the first-time participation of Don Coscarelli. Features exclusive interviews with Coscarelli, stars Angus Scrimm, Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury and more. Plus! Never-before-seen photos from Coscarelli's private collection, a blow by blow breakdown of the films in the series, music, stunts and lots more! Also features Oscar-winner Roger Avary on the Phantasm sequel that never got made and a foreword by Don Coscarelli. 132 pages, perfect bound soft cover."

That the book is being authored by Rue Morgue's own John W. Bowen is fantastic news. Phans should recall he most recently penned last year's Phantasm Ravager cover story for the genre mag. Looking forward to this one!

Pre-order yours here for the low price of $14.95 with free shipping to US and Canada!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mondo Announces Phantasm Christmas Ornament!

From the "How many years have we been waiting for this?" Department comes news that Mondo Tees is set to release an officially-licensed Sentinel Sphere Christmas ornament! The balls are a co-venture between Don Coscarelli, Mondo and Middle of Beyond (who offer some fantastic ugly Christmas sweaters). The Mondo store is currently taking pre-orders, which are slated to begin shipping out in January. Their cost? A surprisingly economical $15.

Phantasm and Mondo... a match made in heaven. Let's hope the good folks at Mondo have more goodies up their sleeve for the coming year!