Angus Scrimm

a big ball in PHANTASM V RAVAGER

We live in a world where press releases are sent out alerting the media when movies begin pre-production, add cast members, or have started shooting, and even smaller films are known quantities well before they hit screens. Between official announcements, set photos, and cast/crew tweeting about the experience, there’s very little left to surprise us when it comes to movies in production. Can you imagine a movie being completed these days without anyone outside of the filmmakers knowing about it? Joss Whedon pulled it off a couple years ago with his Much Ado About Nothing redo, but his coup seemed to be the exception to the rule. Until now. Say hello to the first teaser for the already filmed and completed Phantasm V: Ravager. The ball is not only back, it’s bigger than ever and still doing the bidding of the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm). Reggie (Reggie Bannister) and Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) are forced to do battle with him, the balls, those mischievous little Jawa bastards, and their own sanity in what may be the final Phantasm installment. Check out the teaser below.

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The Tall Man - Jessica Biel

Remember that old argument that foreign directors who make the jump to English-language and/or Hollywood studio films, usually make something that’s not so good? Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) might be adding more proof to that theory. The international trailer for The Tall Man (aka The Secret) features Jessica Biel trying to find her son after he’s taken, possibly, by a sort of urban legend who wears a big black cloak and could probably play professional basketball. It’s pretty bland, but it might just be bitterness that this isn’t that Angus Scrimm documentary everybody’s been clamoring for. Check it out for yourself:

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Phantasm Commentary

Experiencing Don Coscarelli’s latest, John Dies at the End, was a trip at South by Southwest. Actually, experiencing any of Coscarelli’s films are a trip of one kind or another, and the guy is such a pleasant film maker you can’t help but want to hear him talk about his earlier works. That’s why we’ve chosen Phantasm this week. One of his earliest works, it was this horror film that landed Coscarelli on the industry map, turning its success into a full-fledged career that continues to this day. It’s also his scariest and arguably his best to date. But, as interesting as it is to hear Coscarelli speak, it’s good to have friends, and he’s brought three of them along for this commentary track. The DVD box boasts Reggie Banister, who plays the guitar-wielding ice cream guy, Reggie – Pretty sure the part was written for him – but he doesn’t appear on the commentary. Instead, it features the other two leads, Michael Baldwin and Bill Thornbury, and the Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm, who isn’t even listed on the box. Regardless, we’ve got the writer/director on board and three of the film’s main actors, so grab a seat and check out all the things we learned from hearing these men talk about Phantasm. It’s the commentary that’s got balls. If you haven’t seen the film, I regret the euphemism already.

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