Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mark Shostrom Reveals Tall Man Melting Makeup Ingredients



Thirty-odd years later, makeup effects legend Mark Shostrom has revealed the ingredients to the grotesque makeup that melted the Tall Man at the end of Phantasm II. Phans will recall that Mark supervised makeup effects on both Phantasm II and Phantasm III, which were arguably an effects high mark for the entire franchise. Angus Scrimm lovingly dubbed Mark "the Julia Child of Makeup" for his use of food products in the melting sequence. We've long known Mark incorporated chicken skin in the melting makeup, but here's a complete list of items used!


  • Knox gelatine
  • Karo syrup (Tall Man blood)
  • Yogurt (in moderation)
  • McCormick food colours
  • Raw chicken skin


Mark further comments: "Since chicken skin often has salmonella and is incredibly greasy, I had to wash it with Ivory liquid and hot water for at least 30 minutes. I wore rubber gloves for this. Angus wore full face, neck and hand prosthetic I had sculpted; these were foam latex and painted with PAX and rubber mask greasepaint. All the food stuff went on afterwards. The only glue that would work to stick the chicken skin to his rubber neck prosthetic was super glue (I never glued them directly on his skin). I also have a good Jambalaya recipe but I've never tried that one on an actor."

To learn more about Mark's incredible career in makeup effects (including more Phantasm'y goodness), visit his official website or check him out on Facebook.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

"Hot as Love" Reggie Cosplay from Monsterpalooza

This weekend saw the terrific Monsterpalooza convention unfold in Pasadena, California. In attendance was true phan David Hanger, who chose to go in full cosplay as Reggie Bannister from the original Phantasm! Hot as love! You can see that David's even rocking a tuning fork, which is essential weaponry for any fight against the Tall Man and his forces of evil. Great work, David!






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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Talented Phan Creates Spooky Tall Man Makeup

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Phantasm has the coolest phans. Instagram user PotterMakeup has concocted a pretty spooky looking Tall Man look on himself using only makeup, a white wig, and a black suit. (Bonus points for including the red tie pin - an essential part of any Tall Man cosplay!)

Visit PotterMakeup's page to see that, in reality, he looks nothing at all like Angus Scrimm, which only highlights how incredibly transformative this makeup job truly is! This talented phan has also created a number of iconic characters from throughout pop culture including Doc Brown, Rocky Balboa, Hellboy, both Laurel and Hardy, and so many others. "You play a good game, boy!"

Can we get a Regman makeup next? Fingers crossed!





Friday, April 5, 2019

Strange Advertising for Italian Phantasm Box Set

Italian distributor Midnight Factory has just released a pretty cool Blu-ray box set of the entire Phantasm franchise. This release packs six discs, meaning there's an entire disc devoted to bonus features. It also includes nifty postcard prints and an exclusive full-color booklet. Given how cool all that is, I guess we can forgive the inclusion of James LeGros on the cover instead of A. Michael Baldwin. (Happy belated birthday to Mr. Baldwin, by the way.) It wasn't like they just recycled the old Universal poster art - they had an artist draw this cover based on that!

Even stranger than LeGros being featured over Baldwin is this recent advertisement for the set. Is that masked man... supposed to be... the Tall Man? Yikes! As weird as it is, this ad is also kind of cool. I dig it. And judging by the blades, that sphere hails from the old Anchor Bay UK DVD set from many years back.





Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A. Michael Baldwin in New Slender Man movie 'FLAY'

Phantasm phans, this may be of some interest to you. Several years ago, A. Michael Baldwin appeared in a Slender Man thriller called FLAY from filmmaker Eric Pham, which we first reported on here back in 2017. The film's release was significantly delayed due to a cease-and-desist order filed by Sony Pictures, whose own Slender Man movie released last year. Fortunately, FLAY's filmmakers have prevailed in that legal spat and the film is now available for moviegoers to rent/own from a number of streaming platforms.  Visit the movie's official site here.

As many phans know, the original Slender Man legend was partly inspired by Angus Scrimm's Tall Man character, so it's fitting that Baldwin would make an appearance in the new film. The trailer looks awfully creepy!

Plot description: Patricia Crane dies when she acquires a mysterious black chain that unleashes a centuries-old curse from Flay, a faceless Native American spirit who traps the souls of his victims in the netherworld. Flay begins a killing spree as the evil chain is stolen and passed onto others. Plagued with disturbing and violent visions, Patricia's daughter Moon struggles to understand its enigma and fights to save her teenage brother River as Flay seeks vengeance on anyone who touches its condemned chains.




Sunday, March 31, 2019

Joe Bob Briggs Shows off Tall Man Funko Coin Pop

Famed horror host Joe Bob Briggs tweeted yesterday his praise for mega-phan Scott Pensa's 40th Anniversary Tall Man Coin Pop. Obviously, Joe Bob has great taste in movies and collectibles. Inspired by the wildly popular Funko Pop! series of figures, this "Coin Pop" is a terrific way to commemorate this wonderful occasion.

And it's not too late to grab your own Tall Man Coin Pop! Silver sphere editions are limited to 100 and cost $20 each. Gold sphere editions are limited to just 40 (only a few of these remaining) and must be purchased with a silver sphere edition ($40 per set). The spheres all say "40th Anniversary" on them.

Each Tall Man "Coin Pop" is numbered on his foot and they stand on their own with ease. Shipping is $7.90 for priority USPS with tracking (USA only). Contact Scott at scottyrascal@yahoo.com to get yours before they run out!



Thursday, March 28, 2019

Higher-Res Artwork for the 40th Anniversary Sphere Set!

Courtesy artist Aaron Lea's Instagram, we now have much better looks at the original artwork he created for the upcoming 40th Anniversary Blu-ray set coming this October from Well Go USA. So marvelous to finally see all three franchise heroes represented in one packaging. Has that ever happened before either on a poster or home video cover? I don't think so.

Click either image to see it larger or click here to read the original news post about this fantastic boxset, which is coming packed with a sphere replica!



40th Anniversary Sphere Blu-Ray Set Announced!

Alright, United Kingdom. You guys have scored not one, but two fantastic sphere set releases on home video. The first came from Anchor Bay Entertainment and the second from Arrow Video. Now it's time for someone else to get some sphere love.

Bloody-Disgusting has the scoop on today's big 40th Anniversary news that there is a new Blu-ray Collection set for release this October in the United States... and we're finally getting a sphere replica stateside! Thank you, Well Go USA! This release will pack a ton of extras both old and new, plus a recent 4k restoration of Phantasm II. BD also reports that we'll be getting a new documentary on the making of Phantasm Ravager. Very cool!

The set will also come in two variations - sleek black or marble white. More details to come...


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Angus Scrimm's Final Movie Hits Home Video

I'm a little late with this one, but Dances with Werewolves - which contains Angus Scrimm's final screen performance - was finally released onto physical home video on February 28. Angus appears in a supporting role as Neumann, a vagrant character. The Dan Golden-helmed project marks the Tall Man actor's final film as his part was shot long after he wrapped work on Phantasm Ravager. Golden and Scrimm previously worked together on 2006's Satanic, which also starred horror icon Jeffrey Combs. Grab your DVD copy of the film here.

The film's IMDb plot summary reads, "When Cassie flees an abusive relationship, and falls victim to a moon-worshiping 600 year old Romanian Countess; a troubled paranormal investigator of Native American heritage finds himself in a deadly love triangle with a battered-woman werewolf."



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