Thursday, October 18, 2018

Danny McBride Suggests Phantasm for Soft-Reboot

Unless you've been living under a pumpkin lately, you know that Blumhouse/Universal's upcoming Halloween 2018 hits theaters tomorrow. Written by Danny McBride, David Gordon-Green, and Jeff Fradley, the new sequel is a soft-reboot that ignores everything that happened after the original 1978 film. Halloween II? Didn't happen. Halloween 5? Not part of the continuity anymore. This film picks up where John Carpenter's original left off - just forty years down the road.

McBride and Green took part in a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything chat this morning where someone asked what other horror franchises they thought should be soft-rebooted. McBride immediately responded with Phantasm! Green suggested Chopping Mall, which just so happens to feature a blink-and-you'll-miss it cameo from Tall Man Angus Scrimm! (His back is to the camera, so it's easy to miss!)

How would a soft-reboot to the original Phantasm even work? Would that assume Phantasm II, III, Oblivion, and Ravager never happened? I can't imagine phans would take kindly to that. Also, any continuation of the current storyline would be severely complicated by the passing of Angus Scrimm.

Still, cool to see that McBride is a phan! (I'm assuming he is. That's my takeaway from this.)


  1. IMO a Phantasm soft-reboot would start off looking like a hard reset: just called Phantasm, set in the present day, all-new characters, all new setting, in a world where no one knows who the Tall Man is, there's a new young lead with a new tragic backstory, and it begins by playing like a straight horror movie, just like the original Phantasm did.

    Over the course of the movie, the genre-bending elements kick in, and the characters discover the inter-dimensional nature of the Tall Man, and the story takes us through spacegates and across worlds, until the final act, when the survivors find themselves on an alternate Earth ravaged by the Tall Man, fighting alongside Mike, Jody, Reggie, Rocky and their ragtag resistance movement, where we left them at the end of Ravager.

    Something that's accessible to newcomers, while also paying off for the old fans and eventually tying fully into the existing plot. A cold remake would suck, and the problem with traditional sequels at this point is there's just too much mind-bending plot baggage to be a jumping-on point for average Joe movie fan.

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