37 years after Don Coscarelli launched his surreal horror franchise the fifth and final instalment of Phantasm is about to be unleashed. Reuniting the entire original cast, Phantasm Ravager has just released a trailer and full synopsis.
Phantasm Ravager is the concluding chapter of Don Coscarelli’s always independent, unexpected and subversive Phantasm film series. After spanning four decades, Phantasm Ravager completes the story of intrepid ex-ice cream vendor Reggie (Reggie Bannister, a veteran of all five Phantasm films) in his lifelong pursuit of his nemesis, the malevolent Tall Man. In this final entry, Reggie is forced to confront the mysteries of death which always lie at the dark heart of the Phantasm saga. With actor Angus Scrimm’s recent passing, Phantasm Ravager stands as the final on-screen acting performance of this iconic horror star. For the first time, Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli has turned over the directing reins to a new, first-time director in Emmy-nominated animator David Hartman. The entire original cast is back including A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kat Lester and Angus Scrimm.
2016 has been quite the year for Phantasm, in addition to the new sequel J.J Abrams’ Bad Robot undertook a 4K remastered version of the original classic. Phantasm Ravager won’t win the franchise any new fans, but this swan song is clearly aimed at the existing fanbase. Check out the trailer below.