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RUE MORGUE #8: Authorized Phantasm Film Companion

Launched in 1997 by Rodrigo Gudiño, RUE MORGUE is the world’s leading horror in culture and entertainment brand, spearheaded by its multiple award-winning magazine, RUE MORGUE and RUE MORGUE DIGITAL; RUE MORGUE TV specialty horror channel; RUE MORGUE LIBRARY book series; RUE MORGUE PRESENTS FRIGHTMARE IN THE FALLS horror expo and RUE MORGUE PRESENTS CINEMACABRE MOVIE NIGHTS monthly film series.

Country:
Canada
Language:
English
Publisher:
MARRS Media Inc.
Frequency:
Bimonthly
£4.84
£21.79
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
author’s note

The majority of quotes from Angus Scrimm contained herein are from interviews by Ben Yip, used here by permission of Ben Yip and Silver Sphere Corporation. Some material in “Requiem For the Tall Man” and the chapters on David Hartman and Phantasm: RaVager is reprinted from Rue Morgue #166. Quotes from Roger Corman in the sidebar “Roger Corman on Junk Science” are reprinted from Rue Morgue #103. An excerpt from “Look Back in Angus: Confessions of a Phanboy” is reprinted from classic-horror.com by permission of Editor-in-Chief Nate Yapp. It’s for A.P. with love, for all the obvious reasons and some perhaps less so.…

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4 min
foreword

When shooting began on my first horror film my intentions were simple: to make an effective shocker with some genuine scares. That was it. If someone told me then that decades later this film would have spawned four sequels and a passionate, worldwide fan base, I just never would have believed it. The struggles to make Phantasm, which are so capably documented in this book, were so overwhelming that we were just hoping to finish the damn thing and get it out in a few theatres. What a nice surprise! When John Bowen approached me about doing a book about the entire series I jumped at the chance. I had been reading John’s column, It Came From Bowen’s Basement in Rue Morgue magazine for a decade and loved his style, wit…

11 min
introduction: a funny thing happened one night at the drive-in

Of this much I am certain: long, strange trips don’t get much longer, stranger or trippier than Phantasm. But you probably knew that already, didn’t you? After all, horror fans are a pretty obsessive lot by design, and none more so than Phans. If you’re obsessed enough to buy (let alone write) a book about this or any other horror film franchise, it’s safe to say you’re probably dug in pretty deep already. I’ve heard more than one person say that 1979’s Phantasm was the first horror film that genuinely scared them. That wasn’t actually the case with me – of the handful that had truly struck fear into my heart by the time I was in my teens, I’d be hard-pressed to say which was the first – but what…

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9 min
don coscarelli

In early 2007, while finishing off a Phantasm retrospective cover story for Rue Morgue #65, I mentioned to various friends and acquaintances that I had recently interviewed Don Coscarelli. Given Phantasm’s late-’70s pedigree, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that the most common response was, “Man, he must be ancient!” This was generally followed by a look of utter shock when I informed them that he was, in fact, just in his early 50s. Born in 1954 in Tripoli, Libya (his father, in the military at the time, was stationed there), and raised in and around Long Beach, California, Coscarelli recalls his early creative impulses being stimulated in rather unorthodox fashion by an odd neighbourhood attraction: a large construction site across the street from the family home. A seemingly unlimited…

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34 min
1979 phantasm

“DADDY’S RIFLE IN MY HAND FELT REASSURIN’ HE TOLD ME, RED MEANS RUN, SON, NUMBERS ADD UP TO NOTHIN’” – NEIL YOUNG, “POWDERFINGER” IN WHICH our recently orphaned tween protagonist Mike Pearson witnesses some strange goings-on at the mortuary in his small Oregon town and becomes convinced that the local undertaker is stealing and reanimating corpses. Mike’s older brother Jody, initially skeptical, eventually gets on board and the lads enlist their best friend Reggie, a guitar-slinging ice cream vendor, to help them investigate. Before long, they realize they may be in over their heads against the Tall Man – a time-travelling, dimension-jumping, shape-shifting supervillain – and his minions: a mysterious blonde seductress, a platoon of killer dwarf creatures, a mute mortuary attendant and an airborne, brain-drilling metallic sphere. But there’s no…

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1 min
who is the tall man to

…RICHARD CROUSE? RICHARD CROUSE IS A FILM CRITIC, SEEN ON CTV’S CANADA AM AND CTV NEWS CHANNEL, AND HOST OF THE RICHARD CROUSE SHOW ON TORONTO’S NEWS TALK 1010. HE’S AUTHORED SEVERAL BOOKS ON FILM AND MUSIC “THE TALL MAN IS PART JASON, PART LORD SUMMERISLE AND PART JIGSAW; A DIABOLICAL CREATION, A SHAPE-SHIFTER WHO IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO KILL. TO ME HE EMBODIES THE ORDINARINESS OF EVIL. MUNDANE IN APPEARANCE, HIS SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH AND GENERAL ALL-ROUND BADASSERY MAKE HIM AN INDELIBLE” …JASON ZINOMAN? JOURNALIST AND CRITIC (THE NEW YORK TIMES, VANITY FAIR, TIME OUT NEW YORK, SLATE), AND AUTHOR OF SHOCK VALUE “HE’S AN EVIL PETER PAN WHO REJECTS THE FINALITY OF DEATH AND A BRILLIANTLY IMAGINED AVATAR OF INEXPLICABLE TERROR. BUT THE TALL MAN ALSO STRIKES ME AS SOMETHING GLORIOUSLY NOSTALGIC AS WELL,…

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