PHANTASM: REMASTERED (1979)
Opening Night of the 13th-Annual Spooky Movie International Film Festival
Underground auteur Don Coscarelli (BUBBA HO-TEP, JOHN DIES AT THE END) launched his career as a purveyor of weird fantasy with 1979's PHANTASM, which spawned a series of sequels, becoming his signature franchise. A death-haunted young boy (A. Michael Baldwin), recently orphaned, notices weird goings-on at a local funeral parlor and discovers a bizarre grave-robbing plot hatched by a visitor from another dimension — a frightening figure known only as "The Tall Man" (Angus Scrimm). DIR/SCR/PROD Don Coscarelli. U.S., 1979/2016, color, 88 min. RATED R
Post-screening book event: sale and signing of Coscarelli's new memoir, "True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking."
About "True Indie"
From Don Coscarelli, the celebrated filmmaker behind many cherished cult classics, comes a memoir that's both revealing autobiography and indie-film crash course. Best known for his horror/sci-fi/fantasy films, including PHANTASM, THE BEASTMASTER, BUBBA HO-TEP and JOHN DIES AT THE END, now he's taking you on a white-knuckle ride through the wild world of the independent filmmaker.
Join Coscarelli as he sells his first feature film to Universal Pictures and gets his own office on the studio lot while still a teenager. Travel with him as he chaperones three out-of-control child actors as they barnstorm Japan, almost drowns actress Catherine Keener in her first film role and turns a short story about Elvis Presley battling a four-thousand-year-old Egyptian mummy into a beloved cult classic film.
"True Indie" is loaded with the filmmaker's behind-the-scenes stories, like setting his face on fire during the making of PHANTASM, hearing Bruce Campbell's most important question before agreeing to star in BUBBA HO-TEP and crafting a horror thriller into a franchise phenomenon spanning four decades. Find out how Coscarelli managed to retain creative and financial control of his works in an industry ruled by power-hungry predators, all without going insane or bankrupt. "True Indie" will prove indispensable for film fans, aspiring filmmakers and anyone who loves an underdog success story.