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Mar 27, 2014


I admit, the recently-announced Phantasm: Ravager (that's Phantasm V to you!) elicited no more than a shrug and an "I probably won't see that." from me. The original film scared the absolute crap out of me when I was a yoot and therefore occupies a sphere-shaped place in my heart forever. My only other foray into Sequelville was the dreadful Part IV; after that, I decided to leave well enough alone and keep my interactions restricted to one film and one film only.

However, the trailer for Ravager is making the rounds today and damn, if it doesn't look good! Sure, teasers are designed to look good, and I'll bet a skilled editor could make something enticing composed of footage from the the biggest piece of shit movies (yes, perhaps even for The Cavern). This trailer has me interested, by gum, and the details available at Entertainment Weekly are adding fuel to my fiery movie loins (I don't know what that means). Original cast members Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin, and Angus Scrimm have returned, as has series creator Don Coscarelli, who says "This film is a real turning point in the series. There’s real closure for the core characters that I hope fans will respond to.” Closure! I like it!

Oh, and there's “an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world.” Okay, fuck yeah, sign me up. I can't resist a planet full of hooded weirdo space dwarves!

Here's the trailer. For more info, check out Entertainment Weekly or probably every other website on The Internet.


William Quiterio said...

Well, it's good that they made this now, because if they had waited much longer, they would have had to recast the Tall Man, I think. And nobody wanted OblIVion to be the last entry.

Phantasm 2 is pretty cool BTW. Part three is slightly less bad than Part 4.

Erich Kuersten said...

Four was cool though because crazy Don C. had an hour of footage he edited out of the first film sitting around, and it fit the time loop theme, like an outtake reel from the first film and a sequel mixed together.

That said, those boys didn't age well, and parts were wince-inducing. Let's hope the winces are gone and this will be as great as John Dies at the End!

Rev. Jesse Hammer said...

IV is atrocious, I agree but you really should give II a try. It's very similar in tone to the first and a little more budget didn't hurt either. There's a terrific Blu-Ray that was released a few months ago. Bet it. You won't be sorry.

Nicholas Kaufmann said...

I agree 100% with your first paragraph. I would be a lot more excited about PHANTASM V if I thought any of the sequels were worthwhile. In my opinion, they're not. In fact, I think PHANTASM remains a fine film and doesn't need any sequels.

Dead In Hell said...

III is the only sequel that I really just can't dig. That kid, those villains, it's just too much. II and and IV each have their charms. The footage from the original is particularly interesting and really works well in OblIVion ("It's just the wind").

I never thought V would come about. Especially after all this time. The original is one of my favorite films so I'm pleased as punch to get a proper final entry into the series.

Michael Perridge said...

I just bought and watched the box set ... and honestly the first one must have been an accident. Why they can't hand this off to someone who knows one end of a camera from the other I don't know.

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Patrick said...

I may be tempted to check this out if there was going to be punch 'n pie. Or at least some quality inebriating substances. Otherwise, the sequel-effect would keep me away.

Now that I think it over, I might be talked into it with pizza, too. But it'd have to be warm.

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