One of the most wanted films from horror fans of the past decade (or so) was revealed to be a reality earlier this week!
I had this post almost ready to publish the other night, but then I hesitated.
Being so close to April 1st, and with so many opinions that this was a hoax, I decided to hold onto this post until we had an official confirmation. Today that confirmation came with a brand new trailer!
That’s right, Phantasm 5 has secretly been in production, is completely filmed, and will be on a screen near you very soon!
The poster above asked more questions than it answered when it appeared online Monday, but today a little more light was shed on the secretive production.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Phantasm: Ravager is directed by filmmaker and artist David Hartman, whose résumé includes the TV show Transformers Prime and the Rob Zombie videos American Witch and Lords of Salem. Hartman also worked on the films Bubba Ho-Tep and John Dies at the End, both of which were directed by Phantasm overlord Don Coscarelli. Coscarelli himself cowrote Phantasm: Ravager with Hartman and produced it through his Silver Spheres company with executive producer Brad Baruh.
The cast of Phantasm: Ravager includes Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister, who have played, respectively, the Tall Man and luckless ice cream vendor Reggie in each previous film. They are joined by Michael Baldwin, who played the character Mike in each franchise entry except for Phantasm II (in which, aside from some flashback scenes, he was played by James LeGros). “We were fortunate to shoot amazing new sequences with horror icon Angus Scrimm,” said Hartman. “He has terrific scenes with Reggie and Mike that are truly powerful.” Series regulars Bill Thornbury and Kat Lester also appear in the film, whose release date has yet to be announced.
Phantasm: Ravager was shot in and around southern California over the past two years. “The Phantasm films have been a guerrilla operation for decades now, totally outside of the studio system,” Coscarelli said. “We do them for the fans, and I think Ravager will definitely please them. In the past few years several studios have made offers to remake Phantasm with large budgets, but the fans were very vocal that they wanted the original cast to return and finish this iteration of the story with class.”
Very few plot details have been released – but according to Coscarelli, Phantasm: Ravager includes “an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world.” Plus? “There are also some surprises thrown in that I promise will astonish long-time fans.”
We will have more details as we know them.
Who else is excited for this one?