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Monday, July 4, 2011

The Tall Man in Bubba Ho-Tep?

As we all anxiously await Don Coscarelli's Bubba Nosferatu (the sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep), I thought it might be fun to turn our gaze back to the original Bubba for a moment. Horror fans will of course have already recognized that the film sports supporting appearances by Phantasm series vets Reggie Bannister and Heidi Marnhout as well as cameo appearances by Daniel Schweiger, Daniel Roebuck, Chuck Williams and... the Tall Man? Yes! In one of the film's most overlooked cameos, the Tall Man himself appears for a brief moment courtesy Phantasm series collaborator and artist David Hartman.

Toward film's end, Elvis and JFK peruse the contents of "The Everyday Man or Woman's Book of the Soul," which features a full-page illustration of a giant mummy tearing off a house's roof and eating its inhabitants. In the bottom left corner of the artwork, you can just barely see the Tall Man riding away on a horse-drawn hearse carriage, referencing the antique photo scene from the first Phantasm. Screenshot appears below. Thanks to Hartman himself for pointing this detail out to the Phantasm Archives several years back.

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