There's more Angus to go around as the 'Tall Man' returns!

The Phantasm saga reaches its terrifying climax in a horrific explosion of gut-wrenching battles, lethal flying spheres and a spine-tingling quest to discover, once and for all, the secret of the mysterious Tall Man.

This is no joke, fools.

In 1979 I sixteen and was completely blown away by 'PHANTASM' and the original grave-robbing gansta - The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) - who walked the grounds of graveyards and halls of mausoleums wrecking havoc on anyone standing in the way of his metallic flying globes-o-death. Now comes news of the fifth installment (and perhaps the final in the franchise) 35 years to the day of its release on March 28, 1979. The new movie's poster hit this past March 26th and folk met the art with a hint of tepid excitement and skepticism. A Phantasm die-hard with too much time on their hands, most thought. Then, on March 28th - BAM!

Little is known at this point. But when the news is this good, who cares about what the future may or may not bring - let's live in the moment and take in a few of the horrid details that we have. This much is clear: We have a teaser-trailer and poster (after the jump), and David Hartman is set to take the helm this time around (not Don Coscarelli). But Coscarelli has co-penned the script - so we know that old-time campy suspense and entrails will be hitting the screen in spades. Best of all is the fact that Angus Scrimm will indeed return to reprise his role as The Tall Man! (his absence would have been a deal-breaker) Phantasm V: Ravager was filmed throughout southern California over the past two years.

From a statement by Don Coscarelli:

“I felt it was time to let someone else play with my train set. 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.

The Phantasm films have been a guerrilla operation for decades now, totally outside of the studio system. 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."

'OCULUS' manages to flawlessly mix the suspense of classic horror with modern ingenuity to produce genuinely stunning chills sans the tired clichés. With Mike Flanagan at the helm, American horror is making a comeback.

Visit the movie's official website: www.phantasm.com

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Edwin Pagán, LH




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