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From the Vaults: Phantasm-ania
Don Coscarelli, Angus Scrimm, and Reggie Bannister talk 'Phantasm'
"...the Chronicle's Marc Savlov in 2000 while describing the Phantasm horror series. The occasion was Phantasm-ania at the Alamo..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
This animated Batman is from the same folks behind the TV cartoon series, and is a diverting take on the Caped Crusader.
" war on crime. All this is present in Phantasm, basically a TV episode at three times the length...."

Dec. 31, 1993 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Don Coscarelli Returns With Phantasm: Ravager
Great balls of dire
"...end, and Don Coscarelli thought he had completed his Phantasm saga last century. Yet, 18 years later, the psycho-nightmare..."

Sept. 23, 2016 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Phantasm I, II, & III
"...of severed body parts and mysteriously lethal silver spheres. Phantasm II is showing on the screen for the first..."

March 23, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Sphere of Influence
The creators of Phantasm talk about the amazing success of their work over the years and why on Earth it's been so successful in the first place.
"...Maltin's synopsis of Don Coscarelli's 1979 cult horror/sci-fi hybrid Phantasm, excerpted from my dog-eared copy of Maltin's Movie &..."

March 31, 2000 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Spoiler Alert! John Dies at the End!
Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli is still doing exactly as he damn well pleases
" ice cream seller fighting a demonic mortician in Phantasm, or Elvis versus a mummy in Bubba Ho-Tep, wait..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Even though it stars Robert Pattinson, we doubt his Twilight fans will fully appreciate this sleek, dystopian story that David Cronenberg adapted from Don DeLillo's 2003 novel.
" with cheaters to match, he's a chilly, funereal phantasm, less human than bleak, symbolic cipher. He is the..."

Aug. 24, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Beneath the Darkness
This thriller starring Dennis Quaid was filmed in Smithville and Bastrop.
"...Beneath the Darkness has nada on Don Coscarelli's epic Phantasm saga or, for that matter, Norman Bates’ clear-eyed if..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
"...From Hell -- has devolved from the horrific, ill-defined phantasm posited in the original film, into a bland and..."

Sept. 20, 1991 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Inside the Actor's Superego
How Michael Baldwin got here (hint: It involves a showbiz upbringing, Oreo cookies, and shrieking armadas of flying, brain-sucking spheres)
"...– Mike Pearson, the young hero of Coscarelli's legendary Phantasm series of horror films...."

July 1, 2005 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Fantastic Fest First Wave Announced
Miss Peregrine, Phantasm: Ravager, and more
"...hoping that this would be the world premiere of Phantasm: Ravager, the fifth title in the bizarre and brilliant..."

Aug. 2, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Cult Film Hero Don Coscarelli Turns a Page
Phantasm director discusses his new memoir
"...the director of such genre masterpieces as the legendary Phantasm franchise, Bubba Ho-Tep, and the film version of David..."

Oct. 2, 2018 Screens Post by Marc Savlov

God Help Us
Austinite Stephen Romano's psychotic collaboration with Don Coscarelli launches Showtime's 'Masters of Horror' series
"...Don Coscarelli, director of the Phantasm cult horror film series calls it "Almost like something..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Bubba Ho-Tep
Elvis Presley and JFK (played brilliantly by Campbell and Davis) fight a soul-sucking mummy in this twisted sci-fi horror film loaded with generous chunks of cheese.
"...that carves up people’s heads? The one from Coscarelli’s Phantasm? Well, forget about that thing because Bubba Ho-Tep is..."

Oct. 24, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

SXSW Film Adds Midnighters and More
Horror lineup announced, plus shorts and more
"...the new 4k restoration of Don Coscarelli's surrealist screamer Phantasm (overseen by one of the latest additions to the..."

Feb. 9, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Bloodhound
Poe adaptation relishes tone over text
"...and reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm, fear." Both Aiken and Adler get the inherent strangeness,..."

Dec. 18, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

John Dies at the End
Together, Bubba Ho-Tep director Don Coscarelli and editor David Wong created this horror-comedy jumble that's customed-tooled for the midnight hour.
"...End is a collaboration between horror auteur Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) and editor David Wong, adapting Wong’s..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

The Lights Go Down at South Lamar
Final night at the Alamo Drafthouse mothership
"...the horror and genre fans, the big draws were Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli returning with his newest genre-bender, John..."

Jan. 4, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Revenant
This horror comedy follows the the walking-dead path of an undeceased Iraq War vet and his stoner best friend.
"...various Don Coscarelli projects – including Bubba Ho-Tep and Phantasm(s) III and IV (all of which, by the way,..."

Aug. 24, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

This Town Is Big Enough for the Four of Us
There's a new place to get drunk, full, and filmically informed, but it's still the Alamo Drafthouse
"...Richard Linklater's finest; and a screening of horror groundbreaker Phantasm, with newly arrived Austin resident and star Michael Baldwin..."

March 4, 2005 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Short Cuts
Savlov goes South by
"...fest's March 7-15 run. Of course, I'm talking about Phantasm director Don Coscarelli's much-anticipated film adaptation of Texas writer..."

Jan. 31, 2003 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

Waking the Dead
"...girlfriend everywhere he goes. Is she just a mental phantasm, some sort of self-induced moral compass, or is she..."

March 24, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tom Noonan Explains What Happened With What Happened Was ...
Revisiting his Sundance-winning dating drama after a quarter century
" upon re-release, recoloring and decoloring multiple sequences. When Phantasm got its 4K restoration in 2016, Don Coscarelli was..."

Jan. 27, 2021 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Drawn to Batman at Wizard World
Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester on voicing the dynamic duo
"...from the franchise. For Conroy, it's Mask of the Phantasm – often seen by fans as not just be..."

Nov. 17, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Niche Streaming Sites for the Holidays
Give the gift of worlds of entertainment just a click away
"...Miss out on Sion Sono's Cold Fish, feelin' kinda Phantasm, or just wondering how you never caught Wegener's Der..."

Nov. 18, 2016 Screens Feature by Josh Kupecki

Austin Film Society Celebrates Art House Theater Day
AFS Cinema to host screenings celebrating independent filmmaking
" of Brendan Toller’s documentary Danny Says, Don Coscarelli's Phantasm: Remastered, and Alan Tudyk’s web series Con Man, among..."

Sept. 23, 2016 Screens Post by Spencer Beghtol

Fantastic Fest Wave Three
Multiple monsters, sequels, and regulars (and RZA)
"...Having already announced big titles and fascinating gets like Phantasm: Ravager and American Honey in wave one, Arrival and..."

Sept. 7, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Fantastic Fest Snags Arrival
The Handmaiden, Sadako vs. Kayako in wave two
"...Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and the long-awaited Phantasm: Ravager), wave two includes the latest from Park Chan-Wook..."

Aug. 25, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Robert Kurtzman Invades Garth Manor
FX legend talks Evil Dead 2
"'re working on something like Evil Dead 2 or Phantasm II, you're building off someone else's work. How much..."

July 30, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Garth Manor Brings Out the Dead
FX maestro Robert Kurtzman on the seminal Evil Dead 2
"...and Kurtzman's early résumé is bloated with sequels like Phantasm II, plus later additions to the Halloween, Re-Animator, and..."

July 31, 2015 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

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