A young man named Jody attends the funeral of his friend, the victim of a bizarre murder. Jody's younger brother, Mike, watches the funeral from a hillside through high-powered binoculars. After the guests have departed, Mike watches a funeral attendant put the unburied casket into a waiting hearse. Looking to expose the strange ongoings at the mortuary, Mike breaks in at night. There he discovers spectral creatures in habiting the embalming cellar. He also finds a silver sphere with razor-sharp protruding daggers that flies through the air and drains the blood from its victim's heads. Mike tells Jody what he found, and they join forces to discover the truth about Morningside Mortuary.
Sad news for horror fans. Angus Scrimm, the veteran character actor perhaps best known as The Tall Man in the Phantasm franchise, has passed away at the age of 89. He is also known for his role in the 2008 horror movie I Sell the Dead. He had a recurring role in the TV series Alias. And Angus Scrimm was also the voice behind the spooky audio play series Tales from Beyond the Pale.
Phantasm director Don Coscarelli, who is a friend and long time collaborator of Angus Scrimm, notified EW of the actor's passing on Saturday night. Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm first brought life to the horror icon The Tall Man in 1979, the figure central to the plot in Phantasm. The Tall Man is a menacing mortician with a grotesque stare and superhuman strength. He can transform the dead into zombie dwarfs that do his evil bidding. And his weapon of choice is a deadly silver sphere that he sends flying after his victims.Read More
Back in August, director J.J. Abrams confirmed that the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens character Captain Phasma was actually named after director Don Coscarelli's Phantasm. J.J. Abrams revealed that he was a longtime fan of the 1979 cult classic, which lead to this character name, but, as it turns out, he's actually helping to preserve this beloved film for a new generation. Ain't It Cool News revealed that the director and his Bad Robot company are working with Don Coscarelli on a 4K restoration of Phantasm, and shared the first photos from the new print, which you can check out below.
Don Coscarelli added that he had to put some of his work on the final Phantasm movie, Phantasm: Ravager, on hold to complete this restoration. However, work on that movie is "pretty much done," adding that he's eyeing a first or second quarter 2016 release for the project. Take a look at the new photos from the Phantasm restoration below, and stay tuned for more details.Read More
Anchor Bay and MovieWeb... it's like a match made in heaven.
So sit back and prepare to be be scared as we give you a breakdown of each and every disc...Read More
Movie PictureOn April 10 the blood is going to flow.
In 1979, a young filmmaker amazed moviegoers with a new kind of horror film...and created one of the most enduring horror franchises ever. The filmmaker's name is Don Coscarelli and the film was Phantasm. Now, 28 years later, the Tall Man and the Sphere come back to enthrall a whole new generation!Read More
Movie PictureAnchor Bay is starting the year off right!
In a story from Fangoria, they report that the company has Special Edition DVDs of Phantasm (release date April 10) and Re-Animator (March 20) planned.Read More
Movie PictureAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema is in final negotiations with filmmaker Don Coscarelli to bring the cult horror film Phantasm back to the big screen.
The first Phantasm, which Coscarelli wrote and directed, was released in 1979. It told the story of a young boy named Mike and his friends, who face off against a mysterious grave robber known as the Tall Man and his killer flying spheres.Read More