Cult Horror Franchise Returning with 'Phantasm V' Teaser & Poster
For fans of the somewhat obscure horror franchise Phantasm, we have some surprisingly good news. The last film in the franchise went straight to video back in 1998, but 16 years later, a fifth film in the series is on the way. And we don't mean that it's in development, because the film is already done, having been shot over the past couple years. And if that's not enough good news, there's already a teaser trailer and poster to whet your appetite. And for those who are big fans, you'll be happy to know that Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury and Kat Lester are all returning for this one. Watch it!
Here's the teaser trailer for Don Coscarelli's Phantasm V: Ravager from EW:
And here's the poster for the horror sequel from Shock Til You Drop:
The franchise's director Don Coscarelli co-wrote and oversaw the film, but this time David Hartman ("Transformers Prime" and Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem music video) was in the director's chair. The producer said:
"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."
Meanwhile, Hartman adds:
"Having worked with Don [Coscarelli] before, and being a huge fan of the entire Phantasm franchise, it was a great honor to do 'Ravager' with him. 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. We were fortunate to shoot amazing new sequences with horror icon Angus Scrimm—he has terrific scenes with Reggie (Bannister) and Mike (Michael Baldwin) that are truly powerful.”
The Phantasm series is quite revered among horror fans, and Coscarelli knew that:
"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. And for the first time there’s an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world. I know 'Phantasm' fans will be as excited as I am to see it.”
We're just happy to see someone like Coscarelli keep the spirit of his films intact and not give in to the studio system and desire to remake everything. Phantasm V: Ravager follows Reggie Bannister (a veteran of all five films) in his decades-long pursuit of the malevolent Tall Man, and it finally forces him to confront the mysteries at the heart of the Phantasm saga. And as we said, Angus Scrimm, Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury and Kat Lester are all back as well along with new characters, but there's no release date yet.