Saturday, November 19, 2016

A. Michael Baldwin Has a New Book Out!

Phantasm star A. Michael Baldwin has a terrific new children's book out from Neighborhood Publishers called "Love Always Wins: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Just Pick Up After Myself." At 44 pages, every page of this lavish hardcover creation is gorgeously illustrated by award-winning artist Sheila Bailey. Love Always Wins unfolds as a colorful conversation between the planets of our solar system. As someone who has already enjoyed this work, I can personally recommend it to anyone looking for imaginative Christmas gift idea for a young girl or boy.

The official Amazon description reads: As smart people know, if your listen very carefully, you can sometimes hear the planets of our solar system having a little chit-chat. Love Always Wins invites children of all ages into a playful exploration of our solar system and Mother Earth's unique place within it. But how and why should we keep her clean? Just ask Jupitor, or Venus, or even little Pluto. Perhaps Mother earth will tell us herself! After all, she knows the greatest secret of them all: Love Always Wins!

You can grab your copy here!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spiffy Tall Man Patch w/ Free Shipping

From the glorious archives of Etsy comes a spiffy new Phantasm collectible... a Tall Man patch! Seller FortheWinInc (aka phan Pat Douglas) recently started offering the Tall Man patch you see below for the low price of $4.99. Even better, the embroidered item comes with free shipping!! You can get your own here. The patch features the Tall Man between two spacegate poles on the Red Planet in the background... and what appears to be the Tall Man's hand gripping an all-powerful cranial sphere in the foreground!

I personally bought four of these bad boys the other week to gift to friends. Be sure to check out the other patches available, which include Re-Animator, Dawn of the Dead and From Beyond!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New Blu-Ray Details for Phantasm Remastered & Ravager

Exciting new details have surfaced over at Diabolik DVD for the December 6 Blu-Ray/DVD releases of both Phantasm Remastered and Phantasm Ravager. Unless the deleted scenes on Remastered have been expanded upon, there is only one new feature on the disc (the Graveyard Carz episode) and a significant handful of features missing from the previous MGM and Anchor Bay DVDs. Still, the obvious main attraction of that disc will be the gorgeous new version of the original film itself.

User 'bigphan1990' has also posted this Phantasm Ravager Blu-Ray artwork to the forums without mentioning a source. Whether it's official artwork or phan-art, I don't know but it looks pretty sinister either way! As for the disc itself, the deleted scenes and outtakes material should prove very interesting!

**New 5.1 Surround Sound 
**Original Mono Track 
**Audio Commentary with Director & Writer Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin (Mike), Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man), and Bill Thornbury (Jody) 
**Graveyard Carz Episode 
**Interviews from 1979 with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm 
**Deleted Scenes 

**Audio Commentary with Director David Hartman and Writer / Producer Don Coscarelli 
**Behind the Scenes 
**Deleted Scenes 
**Phuntasm: Bloopers and Outtakes 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

VIDEO: Memorial Tribute to Angus Scrimm

Gather round, fellow phans, I want to share something special with you. To celebrate the release of the newest Phantasm film here in my home state of North Carolina, I put together a short tribute video called JOURNEY TO RAVAGER that features rare behind the scenes material from all five films. The video concludes with a memorial segment in honor of Angus Scrimm, which I've now posted online and you can view below.

JOURNEY TO RAVAGER played before screenings of both Phantasm Remastered and Phantasm Ravager from October 7 to the 13th at the historic Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC. It features an amazing musical composition by composer Lito Velasco inspired by the classic Phantasm theme.

The video has thus far been warmly received and reposted by sites like Bloody-Disgusting, Dread Central and iHorror. I hope you dig it and, as always, long live the Tall Man! Mucho thanks to Lito, Kristen Deem, Guy Thorpe and Peter Marullo for their contributions to the project.

Monday, October 3, 2016

More Ravager Reviews including FANGORIA

Four new reviews have come online for Phantasm Ravager and you can find pullquotes/links to each of them below. The first three are overwhelmingly positive while the last one is titled "Phantasm Ravager Disappoints," - yet even that one manages to find several very positive things to say about the sequel. That brings me to a point I'd like to make.

Negative reviews exist. Ignoring them or not reading/talking about them doesn't make them go away. Sure, they will most likely be drowned out by a flood of positive notices, but they still exist and that's perfectly okay. We are Phantasm phans, not sheep. We are allowed to be critical thinkers and judge each installment for ourselves. Not liking one film or one element of Phantasm doesn't make you any less of a "true phan," whatever the hell that is. Plus, reading differing opinions of these marvelous films can inform and enlighten our own understandings of what we do and do not like about them. They are simply part of the conversation about any film.

So... having said that, I'll continue to post both positive and negative reviews here.

"Phantasm: Ravager is easily the most surprising of the sequels to the original film, but for venturing so far off the Phantasm reservation it proves itself to be a most worthy sequel and perhaps the best of the franchise after the original." - Flickering Myth

"The last 15 minutes of Ravager saw me nearly moved to tears before pumping my arms, jumping up and down, and cheering triumphantly." - Horror Freak News

"RAVAGER reminds you of how magical the PHANTASM series has always been, and it is definitely a bittersweet goodbye to one of the best horror series of all time. Farewell, PHANTASM; it’s been a pleasure to live vicariously through ya." - Fangoria

"Still, it's impossible to overlook the fun that you see all these guys having, and their hearts are all in the right place. The production was made little by little by a small group of people; truly an indie work." - Screen Anarchy

Sunday, October 2, 2016

NEWS: Ravager was NOT Angus Scrimm's Final Film!

Despite being touted as such, it has now been revealed that Phantasm Ravager was not Angus Scrimm's final film performance! That distinction goes to the upcoming Dances with Werewolves, which is co-directed by Dan Golden who previously directed Angus in Satanic opposite Jeffrey Combs. Angus's supporting role of Neumann was filmed some years after he completed his work on Ravager but before his health took a turn for the worse.

There's no word yet on when Angus's final film will be released, but rest assured it will be posted here once announced. You can view its IMDb listing here. (Fingers crossed that there are more secretive Angus Scrimm performances waiting for us in the years to come. That would be terrific.)

Friday, September 30, 2016

FIRST FULL CLIP from Phantasm Ravager!

Dread Central have debuted the first clip from Phantasm Ravager on their YouTube channel. In it, a battle-worn Reggie comes across Daniel Schweiger (of both Bubba Ho-Tep and John Dies at the End) driving an awfully familiar muscle car. The last lasts just under two minutes and is pretty fun. Seeing Reggie slowly take charge of the scene and the slimy unease with which Schweiger plays it - it's all nicely directed.