I’ve been a fan of Don Coscarelli since the early nineties (apparently), but I didn’t realize the fact until my first (of many) views of John Dies at the End. After witnessing the quirky absurdity of the aforementioned adaptation, I devoted the majority of my time researching the director. In the hopes that he had many more whimsical gems to bare. Beastmaster was the first of his films that I watched over 20 years ago, and I still remember loving it. With the exception of the ferrets, it reminded me of the Conan films, specifically with the roid-rage and loincloths.
Bubba Ho-Tep is among the greatest additions to Bruce ‘Groovy’ Campbell’s filmography, aside from the Evil Dead franchise. The goofy plot revolving around two men under attack from a resurrected mummy, befriending each other inside a retirement home, one of which believes he is Elvis the other claims to be JFK. At the time of its release, it was one of the closest films to echo the cartoonish antics of Evil Dead, with the exception of an unexpected, heartbreaking ending that never felt out of place or unearned.
The Phantasm franchise, the most prolific and noteworthy additions to Coscarelli’s 40 year career. Ironically, the series may be his most obscure, typically snubbed by critics, but cherished by hardcore horror fans. Allow I didn’t discover the series until recently, they stand as one of my favorite franchises to date. The originality, complexity, and commitment to character development, make for a truly outlandish and engaging series. From chainsaw fights, brain sucking metallic orbs, over-the-top gore, and an iconic villain (The Tall Man). If you’re a horror fan, you should drop what you’re doing and check out this series.
Don Coscarelli, often considered to be one of the few ‘Masters of Horror’ reveals in his new memoir how he managed to preserve creative and financial control throughout his career. The book will be released on Oct. 2nd by St. Martin’s Press.
“Best known for his horror/sci-fi/fantasy films including Phantasm, The Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-tep and John Dies at the End, now he’s taking you on a white-knuckle ride through the wild world of the independent filmmaker.”