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CelebNMovies247.com has learned that Phantasm is being re-introduced to the world with the help of one of the world’s biggest filmmakers.
In attendance from the film: Director/writer Don Coscarelli (PHANTASM series, BUBBA HO-TEP, JOHN DIES AT THE END), A. Michael Baldwin (PHANTASM series), Kathy Lester (PHANTASM series), Paul Pepperman (Co-producer, PHANTASM, Co-writer THE BEASTMASTER) Special guests included: J.J. Abrams (STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS), Chloe Coscarelli (Vegan Chef).
J.J. Abrams and director/writer Don Coscarelli introduced the film to the festival audience eagerly awaiting to see the film restored to the best technological condition as possible.
It turns out that Mr. Coscarelli has fans in high places, namely J.J. Abrams and various employees of his Bad Robot production company, who have spent the past 18 months meticulously restoring this beloved cult classic. Now, after decades of being a cult gem appreciated by a small group of diehard fans, but instead to a large audience of horror movie fans.
When asked about how this came about, director Coscarelli explained:
“I got a phone call from him about eleven or twelve years ago, just out of the blue. “Hi, I’m J.J. I’m a TV producer and I love Phantasm!” So we talked about it and he had questions and he was starting this new show Alias at the time and I guess there were some guys in the writer’s room there who were fans of the movie also. So every once in a while I would send them a poster or a CD record album and they’d get excited…
…And then I introduced J.J. to [Phantasm series star] Angus Scrimm and he put Angus into the Alias series and gave him this recurring role. Which was really just one of the nicest things, because Angus just really loved working on that show. I mean, here he was, making all of these lower budgeted horror movies and now he’s got this co-starring role in a big Hollywood TV series. He loved every minute of it. He developed a friendship with J.J. and it was really wonderful.”
We remember Phantasm back in the day it was scary for its time, so we can’t wait to see the new remastered version of the 1979 classic. Since then, the landscape of indie horror filmmaking has changed.
Take a look at some photos of director Don Conscarelli and J. J. Abrams below: