Earlier this month, Well Go USA released a new poster for the highly-anticipated horror sequel, Phantasm: Ravager, which will bring the beloved franchise to a close when it hits theaters on October 7. Today we have new photos which give us a better look at The Tall Man, played by Angus Scrimm, along with Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Banister). This film marks the final performance of Angus Scrimm, who passed away in January at the age of 89. He had already long completed his work on the film, which wrapped principal photography back in March 2014.
For 37 years, audiences have followed small town friends Reggie, Mike, and Jody in their quest to stop the evil, dimension-hopping schemes of The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm in his final performance) and his armada of killer Sentinel Spheres. Now, Don Coscarelli's acclaimed horror/sci-fi Phantasm franchise comes to a close in a truly epic finale, a multi-dimensional battle across multiple timelines, alien planets, and altered realities, where no less than the fate of Earth is on the line. Well Go USA picked up the rights to both Phantasm: Ravager and Phantasm: Remastered, a new restoration of the original classic, back in July.
Phantasm: Remastered will screen across the county as part of the inaugural Art House Theater Day on September 24, and Phantasm: Ravager will be released in select theaters on October 7th, day and date with its digital HD release. Fans across the country will have the ability to bring both films to their hometowns using Tugg, an innovative platform that empowers individuals and groups to host screenings in their local theaters and community venues. Well Go USA will also release never-before-seen restorations of Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead and Phantasm IV: Oblivion.
David Hartman, best known for his work on animated TV shows like Transformers: Prime and Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, takes over as director for Phantasm: Ravager, the first time in franchise history that Don Coscarelli did not direct a Phantasm movie. The filmmaker co-wrote the script with Don Coscarelli, with production taking place in secret throughout Southern California for two years. The secret production was unveiled in March 2014, when production wrapped and the first trailer debuted.
Filmmaker J.J. Abrams helped oversee the 4K restoration of Phantasm: Remastered, revealing in an interview from last year that he was such a big fan of Phantasm that he named Gwendoline Christie's character Captain Phasma in honor of the movie. Hopefully a new trailer will be released before the October 7 release date. In the meantime, take a look at the new photos from Phantasm: Ravager.