Teaser Trailer And New Details For “Phantasm: Ravager”

March 27, 20140 Comments

EW has confirmed that Phantasm: Ravager is directed by David Hartman whose credits include the TV show Transformers Prime and Rob Zombie’s animated music 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 creator Don Coscarelli. Coscarelli is producing the fifth installment through his Silver Spheres company and co-wrote the film with executive producer Brad Baruh.

“I felt it was time to let someone else play with my train set,” said Coscarelli in a statement. “David and I go back to my film Bubba Ho-Tep. He did terrific visual effects on that, and more recently created a wild animated sequence and some amazing visual effects in my most recent film, John Dies at the End. Our aesthetics are in sync and he’s quite an experienced director in his own right.”

“Having worked with Don before, and being a huge fan of the entire Phantasm franchise, it was a great honor to do Ravager with him,” said Hartman. “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.”

The cast of Phantasm: Ravager includes Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister, who have played, respectively, the Tall Man and ice cream vendor Reggie in every film. They are joined by Michael Baldwin, who played the character Mike in each sequel except for Phantasm II (Mike 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 (The Lady in Lavender) also appear in the film.

Phantasm: Ravager was secretly 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.”

The sequel currently doesn’t have a release date, but expect that to change soon.

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