Horrorween: Day 5 – Phantasm IV: Oblivion

Day 5, another Phantasm Sequel. We reach Phantasm OblIVion (Good job on the text styling), and boy…is it interesting.  Following Phantasm 3, Don Coscarelli received a script called “Phantasm 1999AD” written by Oscar winning screenwriter Roger Avary (co-writter of Pulp Fiction). It was about a post apocalyptic world were only LA & NY stand in the US, and the area between is a wasteland ruled by the Tall Man and his minions. Hell, Bruce Campbell was even on board to co-star. Coscarelli however could not secure financing for that epic film that required a large budget. So instead he made…this.

The film picks up immediately after the events of the last. Mike is driving Tall Man’s hearse, desperately trying to get away and stop his “transformation”, whatever the fuck that was that was going on at the end of part 3. Tall Man finds him and they end up in Death Valley where Mike just hangs out for the rest of the movie. Reggie (again) takes up the mission of finding and rescuing Mike.

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Horrorween: Day 4 – Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead

After Phantasm 2 under-performed at the box office, Universal declined to produce a third film. They contractually retained the distribution rights, however, and after Don Coscarelli managed to get the film produced himself 6 years later…they took it and shoved it straight to video.

Phantasm 3 picks up moments after the second ended. Mike (Again played by A. Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Bannister) end up on the run from the Tall Man, who for unexplained reasons suddenly really wants Mike. They get back to Reggie’s hideout (when did he get this?) and Tall Man ends up fucking their shit up and taking Mike. Now Reggie is on a quest to take down Tall Man and rescue Mike.
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Horrorween: Day 3 – Phantasm II

Day 3 brings me to the first Phantasm sequel. This film stands out from the rest of the franchise in several ways.  It’s the largest budgeted film in the series and the only one to be distributed theatrically by a major film studio (Universal). It’s also the only one in which not only does Jody not appear, but Mike is also played by someone other than A. Michael Baldwin. Some might say it’s the black sheep of the series.

Following the events of the first film, Mike (now played by James Le Gros) has been put in an institution for 7 years, being told that everything he experienced was a hallucination. He tells his doctor that he understands and the Tall Man isn’t real, but that is revealed to be just appeasement to get a release so he can kill the Tall Man once and for all.  He returns home and meets up with Reggie (Reggie Bannister) his former ice cream truck driving buddy from the first film. They then…arm themselves to the teeth and set off on a road trip to kill the Tall Man?

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Horrorween: Day 2 – Phantasm

Day two of Horrorween saw me having my first run in with the Tall Man in Don Coscarelli’s 1979 cult classic, Phantasm.  Having never seen the film (what? I know!) it was a treat to finally check out this film that has grown in status over the years. Has the reputation it has earned by this point sabotaged my first viewing? Sort of…

The film features Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) a child being raised by his 20-something older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) after their parents death. Mike becomes suspicious of strange things going on at the local funeral home/Graveyard/Mausoleum and soon he is investigating the strange mortician running the place, the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and trying to figure out exactly what is going on with the mysterious deaths in town.

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Horrorween: Day 1 – Dead Silence

Every October I do a thing where I watch pretty much nothing but horror movies, challenging myself to watch at least one a day. It has an ever-changing name because I can’t make up my mind. This year, I call it “Horrorween”

For day one of Horrorween, I watched James Wan & Leigh Whannell’s 2007 creepy doll/killer ventriloquist film, Dead Silence. This is the first time I have ever seen the film, and perhaps having some distance from the original release has influenced my opinion…

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Rising Star: Haley Lu Richardson

After appearing in films such as The Edge of Seventeen and Split, Haley Lu Richardson is quickly making a name for herself within Hollywood. Today, Columbus has been released to the public and it stars Richardson as well as John Cho, who is mainly known for his role as Sulu in the Star Trek film series that was rebooted a couple years back.

As of right now, the film starring Richardson and Cho is sporting an astounding rating of 97% via Rotten Tomatoes. This only bodes well for Richardson and this could potentially open the door to future roles that offer her chances to lead or carry a film on her own.

While I don’t want to compare Haley Lu Richardon’s rise to Brie Larson, there are some similarities. For many years, Brie Larson was cast in supporting roles as seen in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and 21 Jump Street. It wasn’t until 2013 where Brie Larson was an actress to keep an eye on with her spectacular performance in the gripping drama film, Short Term 12. If you haven’t seen that one, close this post of mine immediately and find a way to watch it because it’s that darn good. Up until Columbus, Richardson has had numerous supporting roles and hasn’t really taken stage as a leading lady like Brie Larson has been. Maybe this will change for Richardson with her most recent film but we will have to wait and see.

While I’m not trying to say Haley Lu Richardson has the kind of potential to flip a switch and become an Oscar winner right now, she does have that one thing going for her: potential. Richardson is a young actress at only 22 years of age and she will get her opportunities in the future to shine. With how well Columbus has been doing critically, I’m very hopeful and eager to see where Richardson goes from here.

A Ghost Story meanders, much like real life

My excitement and buzz for A Ghost Story has been growing for a while. An interesting take on life, death, and time starring the great Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara (who I will admit I fanboy over a bit) seemed like it was something right up my alley. Much like the ghost in the film, I sat waiting for it to open in my area, and now that it’s here…I’m not sure how I feel about it.Read More »