I know all of us spend a lot of time complaining about the current landscape of the genre, but you must admit that it’s a pretty damn good time to be a horror fan – at least as far as the classics are concerned.
Fan-made documentaries and books have been coming at us hot and heavy over the course of the last few years, giving us unprecedented access to the behind the scenes goings on of some of our favorite films and franchises, from Nightmare on Elm Street to Friday the 13th, Return of the Living Dead to Pet Sematary.
And now, the spotlight is being shined on Phantasm, a franchise that is gearing up to unleash its totally unexpected fifth installment upon a waiting legion of fans. Or Phans, if you prefer.
Dustin McNeill is the man behind Phantasm Exhumed: The Unauthorized Companion, which was made available for purchase this week. A nearly 300 page affair, the book is the very first comprehensive retrospective of the franchise that’s ever been put together, and it features more than 60 interviews with pretty much anyone and everyone who had to do with the creation and distribution of the four Phantasm films that have to date been released, including cast members, special effects artists and studio executives.
Featuring an introduction by the Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm, Phantasm Exhumed is the ultimate resource for fans of the franchise, and it includes hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, production artifacts and even excerpts from Scrimm’s personal journals, wherein he documented his experience with the films. There are also sections on the Phantasm films that were planned but never made, as well as information and images from the upcoming sequel Phantasm: Ravager, which can only be found inside the book.
Needless to say, if you love the movies, this is an absolute must-own book, and it can all be yours for less than $20. Head over to the Phantasm Exhumed website to learn more, and get a sneak peek inside the pages of the ultimate Phantasm retrospective!