Phantasm Ornament

Mondo’s Phantasm Ornament Is A Ball. Madballs Too!

I should absolutely clarify that statement. Mondo is totally offering the Sentinel Sphere as an ornament for your Christmas tree. I ask you, what is more festive than a Phantasm ornament? Who wouldn’t want to hang the deadly flying device of the Tall Man from 1979’s cult classic Phantasm on their bough? How can it get any better than that?

In this case I suppose the answer might be an ornament of the Tall Man himself. Although a strong argument could be made of course for the addition of the deadly Dwarves from the film.

However, it IS the time of year to be thankful. As always of course Mondo gives plenty of reasons for that.

Phantasm Ornament

All images courtesy of Mondo.

This has been given the blessing of the creator of Phantasm, Don Coscarelli. Of course. Which is why Mondo teamed up with Middle of Beyond to produce the Sentinel Sphere ornament.
Phantasm ornament
Seriously. How can you not want Phantasm’s Sentinel Sphere on your tree? Now you can hop right on over to Mondo’s Official shop site to order your very own.

Now how do you top the Phantasm ornament? With Madballs of course!

[Via] American Greetings Entertainment

Madballs was created in 1985 by American Greetings – that is totally right. The same company that dreamed up the Care Bears had a hand in this 80’s merchandising property. Why were these goofy balls so popular to kids in the mid-80s? For one thing all sorts of gross-out properties were popular at that time. I give you the Garbage Pail Kids as an prime example!

Now thanks to Mondo and Middle of Beyond you too can proudly display Horn Head, Slobulus, Dust Brain, and Skull Face on your tree! You can click here to visit Middle of the Beyond’s official site to purchase the Madballs ornaments.

I can only presume by next year we will be able to purchase Inhumanoids and Beetlejuice ornaments!

Scream Factory Unleashes Bubba Ho-Tep!

Scream Factory
With Bubba Ho-Tep Don Coscarelli delivers an absolutely stunning film. Of course being a devotee to Coscarelli’s Phantasm series and 1982’s The Beastmaster might make that statement suspect. However I would point out that Coscarelli not only created a movie that has laughs, scares, but heart.

Furthermore Bubba Ho-Tep manages to combine all of that and it works. As a matter of fact it does more than work it as it trancends it’s source material. When all is said and done, Coscarelli gifts the audience with a poignant movie about not just battling evil – but the very real fear of growing old and being left behind.

Of course Bubba Ho-Tep is also about Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy fighting an evil mummy. With the battleground chosen being none other than a retirement home. John F. Kennedy by the way happens to be wheelchair bound and played by the late great Ossie Davis. Did I forget to mention that Bruce Campbell portrays Elvis Presley?
Bubba Ho-Tep

Yeah. To say this movie is in fact magical is an understatement.

[Via] Scream Factory TV
I am happy to add that Scream Factory is releasing the Collector’s Edition on Blu-Ray this Tuesday!

So what is Bubba Ho-Tep about?

An ancient evil in the form of a mummy begins to stalk the elderly residents of the Shady Rest Retirement Home. After all who best to prey on than those who are ignored and in some cases too weak to defend themselves?

Thankfully to put a stop to the threat – or at least try to is Elvis and JFK. It should go without saying that a running gag throughout the film is whether these two men…are just crazy. But the strength of Coscarelli’s direction and his screenplay which is based on the story by Joe R. Lansdale – in addition to the powerhouse performances by Campbell and Davis keep you emotionally invested throughout.

Having said that the film never forgets that in the end it belongs to the horror genre.

So did Scream Factory load up the Blu Ray with goodies?

Are you kidding? Of course they did. Thank you, thank you very much.

  • NEW Audio Commentary With Author Joe R. Lansdale
  • NEW All Is Well – An Interview With Writer/Director Don Coscarelli
  • NEW The King Lives! – An Interview With Star Bruce Campbell
  • NEW Mummies And Make-up – An Interview With Special Effects Artist Robert Kurtzman
  • Audio Commentary By Don Coscarelli And Bruce Campbell
  • Audio Commentary By “The King”
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Don Coscarelli And Bruce Campbell
  • “The Making Of Bubba Ho-Tep” Featurette
  • “To Make A Mummy” Make-up And Effects Featurette
  • “Fit For A King” Elvis Costuming Featurette
  • “Rock Like An Egyptian” Featurette About The Music Of Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Joe R. Lansdale Reads From Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Archival Bruce Campbell Interviews
  • Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Still Gallery

So you can totally get off work or school on Tuesday and watch the elections. However I would offer that you could totally go out and pick up Bubba Ho-Tep on Blu-Ray. So why not spend the evening with Elvis and JFK for some laughs and fears – and explosions?

If you don’t feel like heading out you can still pre-order your copy at Scream Factory!

Phantasm: Ravager (Review)

The other day I was overjoyed to find that Phantasm: Ravager had been released digitally. The fifth and final film of the series is overall a love letter to the fans of the truly cult movies.

Phantasm Theatrical Poster - IMP Awards

I was lucky enough to see Director Don Coscarelli’s original Phantasm at the 62 Drive-In of my youth. That was back in 1979. So for 37 years now I have followed his series – and totally enjoyed the almost fever dream aspects of his storytelling. The movies constantly keep you on your toes, doubting the very reality the characters are experiencing at every turn.

For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the movies, in a nutshell, it concerns three friends. Jody Pearson, his younger brother Mike, and their pal Reggie. These three cross paths with an imposing character – a mortician that they call the Tall Man.

Almost immediately their lives are in danger as they stumble on the dark goings on at the Morningside Mortuary being supervised by the Tall Man.

The Tall Man has some creepy dwarf assistants – think evil Jawas. The most dangerous weapons at the Tall Man’s disposal though…besides his shape-changing abilities and immense strength, are the sentinels. Those are the names given to the silver and deadly balls he can unleash on victims – probably one of the more iconic visuals from the films.

Mike, played by A. Michael Baldwin, finds himself throughout the series continuously on the run and challenging the dark designs of the Tall Man, played by the late great Angus Scrimm. Now Mike also has some aid and that is Reggie (Reggie Bannister), who has his own bone to pick with the Tall Man. I personally believe that Reggie was the prototype for Ash from The Evil Dead movies.

Now let’s talk about Phantasm: Ravager!

Phantasm: Ravager actually had a shot at being a web based series. Following the adventures of Reggie as he searched for where the Tall Man had taken Mike. They apparently shot it all in secret – finishing principal photography in 2013. This was all done by not Don Coscarelli but David Hartman – a true fan of the films and it shows. The inclusion of these ‘shorts’ fits into the questioning of reality in this outing, fits it like a glove.

A new wrinkle is thrown into the premise of the series in that Reggie wakes up to find himself a patient of a hospital. Mike is there to support his dearest friend. We fans are hit with the information that the film series might actually be a hallucination – a symptom of advanced dementia. Reggie isn’t completely buying this though and to be fair the movie does it’s best to give you reasons to doubt this revelation.

And then once again it leads you to doubt what you might believe to be going on.

[Via] Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films

There is certainly one thing you shouldn’t doubt. I am talking of course of the acting ability of the main cast – Angus Scrimm in particular. He is in the movie more than you might expect and…look…he could be reading the phone book and sound amazing.

Closing Thoughts

There are some INCREDIBLY emotional moments throughout the film. Director David Hartman and co-writer Don Coscarelli as well as the actors made this for the fans. It is that simple. While it is true the movie is most definitely low budget (series always has been) it is head and shoulders above what is being offered on the SyFy channel. It has laughs a plenty as that is how Reggie’s character rolls plus a few solid scares as well.

In all honesty it isn’t perfect. But it gets right more than it fails. If you like the series I highly doubt you will be disappointed by it. It is available digitally right this very minute – I also think there is a small theatrical run for Ravager starting this Friday. Why not check out the official Phantasm site for the latest information and merchandise?