Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Phantasm Exhumed Book NOW AVAILABLE!

It's been a long time coming, but Phantasm Exhumed is finally available for sale on Amazon. It should be available on a slew of other websites in coming weeks as well as in select specialty bookstores and sketchy backroad gas stations.

This book, the first ever on the making of the franchise, has been a long labor of love on the part of yours truly. It's packing more than 60 interviews, more than 250 rare photos and clocks in at a whopping 268 pages. It boasts introduction and set journals by the Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm, and features a concluding section on the upcoming Phantasm: Ravager, complete with new behind the scenes photos.

To answer a few frequently asked questions, the eBook versions are in the works now and will feature new color photos not seen in this version. There is also a collector's hardcover color edition in the works for later this year, but this will be very limited in quantity and priced as such due to the materials used. 

Lastly, a handful of people have surprisingly inquired about obtaining copies signed by the author (me). I'm happy to sell signed copies, but I won't have my giant stockpile of books until early May. If you're cool waiting that long, drop me an email to get one.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


And here we go...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Phantasm Exhumed EXCERPTS

Not that anyone would believe it in light of the Phantasm: Ravager news, but it had been my intention all day long to post the first excerpts from my upcoming book, PHANTASM EXHUMED, here on the Archives. I even teased that they were coming a week ago on Phantasm Community! But no matter. Here they are!

Below you will find two-page excerpts from the four chapters on the first four Phantasm films. The final page count equals out to 258 pages with more than 260 rare photographs! The pages breakdown to equal 20 pages for Jim the World's Greatest and Kenny & Company, 60 pages for Phantasm, 60 pages for Phantasm II, 50 pages for Phantasm III, 44 pages for Phantasm: Oblivion and 13 pages for the various Phantasm V sequels - including a page on Phantasm: Ravager!!!


UPDATED - Phantasm: Ravager

Phantasm V is real and is happening!!! Ain't It Cool has debuted the teaser poster to your right.

And for the record... the Phantasm Archives broke news and gave the first picture from this project back in 2009! No one has much been listening, though. Now that it's official... have a look back at the original scoop.

Details are scant on the project right now, so here is just a tiny bit more than what all the other websites are reporting:

  • To reiterate, this project has been filming little by little since 2008.
  • The original working title for several years was "Reggie's Tales."
  • The original cast members put in appearances along with some Don Coscarelli regulars.
  • It was partly filmed in Crestline, CA at Reggie Bannister's own home!
  • Many of the familiar series elements are back... the 'Cuda and the sphere especially. Oh, yes... there will be blood!

UPDATE: It looks like one cast member has stepped forward! If this doesn't get you excited..... (anybody notice that this means the Lady in Lavender has been in all of the odd-numbered Phantasm movies?)

Monday, February 24, 2014

New Music Video with Michael Baldwin

Everyone's favorite boooooooy, Michael Baldwin, is back in a new music video from band Lucid Dementia. Directed by Justin Warren, Michael plays "The Conjurer" in this super spooky short. Chock full of great makeup effects and a creepy location, "It Came From the Dead" is sure to be enjoyed by Phantasm phans. Turn down the lights, turn up the volume and watch it below!

Exhumed Book Press

I'm a little late with this, but yours truly's upcoming book, Phantasm Exhumed, received several press mentions this month. You can expect book excerpts and photo exclusives across the next several weeks in anticipation of the book's release next month!

For more information on the book, hit up these stories:

Fangoria: PHANTASM Series Explored in in-depth book, PHANTASM EXHUMED

Dread Central: "Phantasm Exhumed to Dig Deep into the Mythos of the Tall Man and Company" Dustin McNeill To Release Unauthorized Companion Book PHANTASM EXHUMED in March 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Don Coscarelli teases "A Good Year"

In an interview with, Don Coscarelli teases big things for 2014, which marks the 35th Anniversary of the original Phantasm. The quote goes like this:
And so we’ve been talking about trying to get something together. 2014 is going to be a good year for Phantasm because of the 35th anniversary, if you can believe it, from the release of the original movie. We got a couple of things we’re hooking up, so hopefully this’ll be the year for it.
These "couple of things" are in addition to the gigantic 35th Anniversary reunion happening at Chicago's Flashback Weekend convention this August. It's set to be an exact recreation of the lineup offered five years ago for the 30th Anniversary reunion: Don Coscarelli, Angus Scrimm, Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury and Kathy Lester.

These "couple of things" also don't include my book, Phantasm Exhumed, which is due for release next month. Yes, it's going to be a very good year for phans!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Phantasm Exhumed

You've heard whispers about it for a while now, but the time of my upcoming book, Phantasm Exhumed, is nearly at hand. You can check out the newly released cover artwork to your right (click to enlarge) and track updates on the book blog. Elsewhere on the internet, horror writer John Squires put together a nice rundown of the book's offerings in a piece for

And to think, all it took was a little digging.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New website -!

Alright internet, here comes the Chief Archivist's last post on The Phantasm Archives for 2013. See you all next year!

Arguably one of the most memorable movie vehicles in horror history, the great Hemi-Cuda's of Phantasm get a lot of phan love, which has now resulted in the creation of a website! Phantasm Community member CudaCharger aka the crafty Don Almeido has founded Phantasm in order to "preserve the memory of the most sinister muscle car to ever roam the streets of the silver screen." Sounds good to me!

Over at his site, you can check out vintage articles about the car, see rare photos and read about what has since happened to the movie vehicles. Definitely worth a look!

For the Spanish-Speaking Phans...

I wanted to take a moment in these last few hours of 2013 to tell you about a great new fan effort happening on Facebook, one that caters to Phantasm's many Spanish-speaking phans. Known around the world in such territories as Phantasma, there is now a Facebook group that celebrates the series in spanish! Me gustsa!

If you'd like to follow El Hombre Alto on Facebook, go here. Michael Baldwin, Kat Lester and Mark Shostrom already have - what are you waiting for!?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Phantasm Model Kit You've Probably Never Seen

When you think about it, Phantasm is pretty unexploited when it comes to official merchandise and collectibles. Sure, we had that official Tall Man figurine from several years back, but where are the other characters in that particular line? Wouldn't you like to have Mike with dagger and flamethrower accessories? Reggie with four-barrel and tuning fork? Or how about Phantasm: Oblivion's Jennifer with detachable sphere bosom? Okay, nix that last one.

But what about masks? Deluxe 18" figures with sound? Prop replicas? Model kits? If you're especially hungry for a Tall Man model kit and you've got $500 to spare, CONTINUE READING and get ready to satiate your appetite.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Massive Phantasm II Theatrical Standee

From the murky shadows of the Phantasm Community comes a glimpse at one of the rarest Phantasm collectibles of all time - a massive Phantasm II theatrical standee. These babies were shipped to theaters all over the nation in 1988 to promote the film and sadly, most were destroyed or discarded after usage. 

This photo collage comes to us from user 'Phantasm2009,' who writes that he found them on an old floppy disk years after being forced to sell the prized item while in hard times. The model in the second picture is his wife.

I myself have only ever seen the detachable sphere appear on eBay, never the entire standee. I gave momentary thought to bidding on the sphere itself anyway, but who would honestly want an oversized James LeGros head staring at them from across the room? Not this guy. Continue reading for pictures of the standee.