Angus Scrimm is gone, but the Tall Man lives on. In just a couple of months, the fifth and final film in the Phantasm series will be released to the delight of hardcore horror fans everywhere. Phantasm: Ravager officially has a theatrical and digital release date of October 7 and HD versions of the first, third and fourth films will be available to view and download on the same day.
The final Phantasm film has a long history attached to it and thankfully after multiple production delays and script rewrites, we will be able to witness the end to one of the most unique horror franchises in film history. What’s also kind of amazing is the fact that J.J. Abrams is somewhat responsible for his even happening. Thanks to the efforts of the world’s most influential director, the original Phantasm will be seeing a return to theaters as well.
Phantasm is a strange series that has always been enigmatic and bizarre. The story began in the first film with a boy named Michael who found himself wrapped up in a horrific plot involving murder, a ghoulish undertaker, grave robbing, evil minions, portals to hellscapes and flying death spheres. It involved from there into three sequels that focused on the hunt for the Tall Man played by Angus Scrimm, and now we can finally see the last chapter of this tale that began in 1979.
Fans of director Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm films have been waiting decades for this. We can be thankful that J.J. Abrams is a fan of the franchise and Coscarelli has stated, “He generously offered to help create a restoration.” The original movie will no doubt look fantastic thanks to the team at Bad Robot, and we can’t wait to see what happens when the gang returns to fight the Tall Man one last time. Phantasm: Restoration hits theaters on 24 September so get ready because the ball is back.