Classic 80's horror is looking to make a comeback in a big way in the coming years, both as homages and with original films unleashing long awaited sequels. One such project is the long rumored Phantasm V: Ravager. Directed by David Hartman ("Godzilla: The Series", "Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles"), the film was originally envisioned as a spinoff webseries about the Reggie character, until the webisode footage was eventually expanded upon with new footage to become feature-length; co-written by series creator Don Coscarelli (Phantasm I-IV, John Dies at the End). Ravager, which will be the fifth and final entry in Coscarelli’s classic horror Phantasm series, features Reggie Bannister (a veteran of all five films) in his decades long pursuit of the malevolent Tall Man, and it finally forces him to confront the mysteries at the heart of the Phantasm saga. The entire original cast is back including Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kathy Lester and Angus Scrimm, along with some great new characters.
Coscarelli and Hartman have come together to tease the new film, with a "special holiday stocking stuffer" which gives a few new glimpses at the film
Check it out below:
The Critters films, in which a host of characters continuously battle a group of malevolent carnivorous aliens from outer space called Krites (aka Critters), is to this day looked upon as a cash in on the success of the similarly themed Gremlins (both of which are owned by Warner Bros.); a claim that has been adamently rebuffed by director Stephen Herek.
Warner Bros. has previously revealed their plans to produce a webseries based on Critters through their Blue Ribbon Content label, and filmmaker Jordan Downey (Thankskilling, Thankskilling 3) has thrown his hat into the ring for a spot in the director's chair by producing a 6-minute fan film, Critters: Bounty Hunter. Check it out after the synopsis below:
‘Critters Bounty Hunter’ was completed from start to finish in under two months with a small budget and an even smaller crew. All in, a total of six people worked on the movie: Myself, Kevin Stewart, Ricky Fosheim, Nick Soole, Troy Smith and Gina Luciani. We shot for two nights at a house in Mammoth Lakes, California. The Critter puppet was built by Troy Smith who worked with us on both ThanksKilling movies. Our crew handled everything from building the bounty hunter costume, learning the VFX required to pull off the glowing head, scoring, title cards, sound design, etc. We’re proud of what we pulled off with limited resources and can’t wait to share this with everyone. Turn up the volume and hit HD – We hope you enjoy our fun little take on Critters!
The 80's gave birth to the most infamous and terrifyingly wonderful horror icons and franchises of all time, such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Child's Play, The Evil Dead and Hellraiser; as well as the aforementioned Phantasm and Critters. It's always a disappointment when older franchises are revived by the studios only to under-deliver or outright fail the fans. But with original creators and passionate fans behind these revivals, we might just start getting the proper return to form we've been clamoring for.