Phantasm Remastered is scheduled to play next month at the Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia. The upgraded classic will have two late night screenings, one on Friday, August 5 and the other on Friday, August 12. For more information, see the Phantasm Remastered page on the festival's website.
The listing's description reads: Legendary horror director Don Coscarelli (John Dies at the End, MIFF 2013) cemented his cult status with this beloved 1979 film. Nearly 40 years on, it is now considered one of the most influential classics of the genre. It even inspired JJ Abrams to name Star Wars villain Captain Phasma after the film's iconic killer ball. Abrams himself, and his Bad Robot company, headed up the stunning 4K restoration of Phantasm, a new digital print and 5.1 audio soundtrack that makes this icon of B-movie horror look and sound better than it ever has. In the wake of the death earlier this year of the film's unforgettably terrifying star, Angus Scrimm, this restored version serves as a worthy tribute.