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Great news horror buffs! According to Ain't It Cool News, J.J. Abrams's company Bad Robot has been "secretly restoring" Don Coscarelli's 1979 horror film Phantasm.

While this news is a little unexpected, it does make sense given that Abrams is a noted fan of the cult classic, even going as far as to name Gwendoline Christie's [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) character, Captain Phasma, after the film! He told Entertainment Weekly in their fall preview issue:

Phasma I named because of the amazing chrome design that came from Michael Kaplan’s wardrobe team. It reminded me of the ball in 'Phantasm,' and I just thought, Phasma sounds really cool.

Remember that chrome ball? Well here's a recently restored image to remind you:

Source: Ain't it Cool News
Source: Ain't it Cool News

How good does that look?! Abrams is reportedly going the whole hog with this restoration and ordered a "complete 4k restoration from the original camera negative." This is something quite amazing, because as AICN reminds us, Phantasm has never had a high definition release before, so the new restoration will look absolutely mind blowing compared to the original 1979 version.

Meanwhile, Coscarelli has been working on a fifth and finale Phantasm installment of the franchise, called Phantasm: Ravager which, according to IMDB is currently in post-production.

Source: Comicbook


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