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Monsters, Deadites, Aliens and…The Tall Man

Posted in Aliens, Classic Horror, Evil, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Gnawbone

A few more notable horror movies/TV events I felt compelled to clog your eyeballs with: Gnawbone (indie creature feature), Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 2 (dancing in the streets), Aliens 30th Anniversary (with a billion extras) and a 4k remastered version of Phantasm. (Put my picture above the description of the word “glee.”)

Releasing October 2016, Gnawbone features no CGI creature, but rather a much preferred man in a monster suit. If the trailer is any indication, it fits him well. Here’s a plot to chew on: “A boy that witnesses something that takes the life of his grandfather. Thinking that the traumatic event created a false memory, a psychologist wants the now 21 year old young man to face his fears by trekking into the woods. With the help of friends, he might be able to process these memories and come to terms with that scared little boy. Or is that memory actually the truth…”

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say it’s the truth.

Ash vs. The Evil Dead Season 2

The first season of Ash vs. Evil Dead was classically brilliant, massively entertaining and the best dang TV show in the history of ever. And I say that without hyperbole. Here’s what’s in store for Season 2, which premiers on Starz™ October 2nd at 8:00pm ET/PT: “ Since Season One, Ash has been living it up in Jacksonville with his loyal sidekick Pablo and the revenge-filled Kelly. Season Two kicks off with a double Deadite battle royale interrupting the party; Ash is forced to return back to his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan…and as always, Evil follows him.”

I’m so happy I think I just downloaded.

Aliens: 30th Anniversary

Up next is the 30th anniversary release of Aliens, critically regarded one the best horror/sci-fi sequels ever made. This version comes with a Nostromo sized pile of extras. That’s the good part. The bad part is a Nostromo sized pile of this content has already been released in the The Alien Legacy collection, which I’ve purchased about seven or eleven times. But hey, it’s your bit coin, so spend away. Here’s another tidbit to help you loosen those purse strings: An all-new cover was created exclusively for this 30th Anniversary Edition. That’s exclusively, people.

Phantasm

As Oscar™worthy horror movie franchises go, I’m pant-fillingly excited about the September 24, 2016 theatrical re-release restoration of Phantasm (1979) in glorious 4k. I don’t know what 4k means, but I can only assume it means double awesome. Add one more scoop of awesome when its released on VOD on October 7, 2017.

Phantasm

You remember Phantasm, right? “A young boy enlists the aid of his older brother and an ice cream man to investigate the mysterious deaths plaguing his town. He soon learns that at the heart of all the death is the terrifying Tall Man.”

This bland press blurb doesn’t even come close to the mind-bending awesomeness therein. But you already knew that, right?

Phantasm Ravager Has Big Balls

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil, Godzilla, Science Fiction, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2015 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Phantasm Ravager

You know how life totally sucks and then every once in a while something comes along to make things not so totally sucky? The announcement that not only is there a new Phantasm movie, but that it’s already done and gearing for release, is one of those somethings.

Filming completely off the radar, Phantasm Ravager (cool flippin’ title) is the fifth and final Phantasm movie, one of the coolest horror franchises ever. How they did this without anyone blabbing all over the Internet is almost as astonishing as the sequel itself, of which promises us the biggest sphere of all. (Think Godzilla-sized pinball.)

Phantasm Ravager

Phantasm, released in 1979, pitted an ice cream truck driver and friends against the Tall Man, the iconic otherworldly undertaker that robs graves and takes the dead bodies into his dimension, squishes the corpses into hooded zombie dwarves, and brings them back to life. And why does the Tall Man do this? To take over the world. Duh.

Phantasm Ravager

And Reggie Bannister, the ice cream truck driver? Easily right up there with Ash of the Evil Dead series as a regular guy going against horrific, apocalyptic and supernatural throw-downs, all the while getting in a few good one-liners and driving a seriously cool car – a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda. (The ice cream truck was pretty cool, too, especially since it’s refrigerated – heh.)

1971 Plymouth Barracuda

So what’s the deal with Phantasm Ravager? Still stars Reggie, our fav hero. Still stars the original Tall Man. Still written by original writer/direction Don Coscarelli. Still features those insane flying chrome spheres that sprout Swiss Army knife sharp things that drill into your face and pump out the yellow goo that used to be your thought goo.

Phantasm Ravager

And just when is Phantasm Ravager scheduled for release? Got bumped out to 2016, probably because they needed more ball polish. Okay, that didn’t sound right.

P.S. Here’s your binge homework for the week: Phantasm (1979), Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), and Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998).