“The dwarf-dead are like Jawas from Hell and the landscape of the dimension that exists beyond the walls of our world is like a trip across the River Styx.” Mick Garris
Mick Garris worked in behind-the-scenes in Hollywood for years before he dipped his toe into directing; as such, he’s a treasure trove of knowledge when it comes to the evolution of our beloved genre from the late 1970’s until the present. His Post Mortem podcast keeps him in contact with the most prominent movers and shakers in the industry, and the information he unearths is always fascinating.
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One of Garris’s first Hollywood jobs was working in the publicity department AVCO Embassy Pictures; it was there he first became involved (peripherally) with Don Coscarelli’s mindboggling masterpiece, Phantasm. Peep his commentary in the latest installment of Trailers from Hell below.
About Trailers from Hell on YouTube: Trailers from Hell showcases classic previews of past movie attractions punctuated with humorous commentary by iconic filmmakers. The series includes Joe Dante (Gremlins) on horror movie The Terror and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) praising one of his seminal influences Danger: Diabolik.
If you’ve never experienced the nightmarish surrealism that is Phantasm, peep the original trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate. After discovering that the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), the town’s mortician, is killing and reanimating the dead as misshapen zombies, Mike seeks help from his older brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and local ice cream man Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Working together, they try to lure out and kill the Tall Man, all the while avoiding his minions and a deadly silver sphere.
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