It’s impossible to accurately express my excitement. I fell in love with Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm sometime between 1987 and 1990. It was a weird, freaky movie that had a dozen different concepts crammed into one film, and by all accounts it should have been an utter failure of a film. It’s murky and it’s often confusing, leaning on awesome visuals over a cohesive narrative, but it worked, like an absolute charm.
A few months back Coscarelli made it known that the original film, the one that started it all, Phantasm, would be getting an amazing 4K restoration with he and big studio ace JJ Abrams overseeing the process. Naturally, our hearts leapt from our bodies, remained airborne five seconds too long, descending in slow motion. Luckily most of our hearts slid back into our gaping maws, popping right into perfect place. Few died as a result of profound surprise and endless joy, thank goodness. You can’t ask for much more than a stunning restoration of a cult classic film, especially with Coscarelli and Abrams behind the process!
But the news doesn’t end with a simple restoration announcement. Not by a long shot.
Phantasm: Remastered is going to hit theatres on September 24th, in advance of Phantasm: Ravager, which will follow suit and hit the big screen and Digital HD on October 7th.
Both films will be released by Well Go USA Entertainment.
If you thought that was the end of our awesome Phantasm news, you thought wrong. To accompany the big screen return of Phantasm and the debut of Phantasm: Ravager, we’ll see Cable providers and digital services throw Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead and 1994’s Phantasm IV: Oblivion into full rotation.
Sounds like a dream!