“PHANTASM: RAVAGER” Trailer Premieres; Coscarelli and Hartman SpeakMovies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
Almost out of nowhere, the existence of a long-clamored for fifth PHANTASM film was thrust onto the world and into the lives of genre fans. And just as swiftly, the puzzle pieces of this curious sequel started connecting. Titled PHANTASM: RAVAGER, the film is written and directed by David Hartman, a longtime friend of PHANTASM creator and genre legend Don Coscarelli and will feature plenty of returning cast including the requisite Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister, as well as Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury and Kat Lester. Now, the first footage has debuted and the filmmakers have spoken. Find out what to expect from PHANTASM: RAVAGER, below.
Entertainment Weekly has premiered the first teaser for the fifth film, and spoken to both Coscarelli and Hartman about it. The latter, and writer-director of the first four PHANTASMs, explains, “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.”
Hartman, who shot the film independently for the past two years, adds, “Having worked with Don before, and being a huge fan of the entire Phantasmfranchise, 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.”
You can respond to the first PHANTASM: RAVAGER trailer below. Head to EW for more from the filmmakers, including Coscarelli’s promise of an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world.