Dust off that quadruple-barreled shotgun and tune-up the ‘Cuda. Turns out we may not have seen the last of Phantasm’s sentinel spheres, gassers, and hooded dwarves. Word came down via Dread Central that the “Compendium” booklet for included in Well Go’s upcoming Phantasm Box Set hints that Ravager may not actually be the last film in the seminal “Phranchise” launched by Don Coscarelli in 1979.
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While there may be life yet in Phantasm, it will be a new chapter:
“All I can tell you about [Phantasm VI] is rest assured that we are constantly researching and experimenting here in the Phantasm labs, so who knows what we might cook up in the near future. However, I do think that Phantasm: Ravager will be the last you see of the original Phantasm actors in the series.”
This makes sense, considering Angus Scrimm, the villainous & iconic Tall Man at the core of the series, passed away in early 2016. Not to mention the conclusion of Ravager sees the original cast reunited for what is clearly intended to be their final mission. Since Ravager is still less than a year old, I’ll refrain talking about specific details, but there was definitiveness to the story arch revolving around Mike, Jody, and Reggie.
At the same time, Ravager was hardly a conclusion to the interdimensional warfare that has, essentially, decimated earth (or at least one version of it—multiverses are complicated). There was even a hint of a partnership between Rocky (Gloria Lynne Henry) and Chunk (Stephen Jutras). Perhaps the next installment of Phantasm will feature a new crew, under the helm of David Hartman who took the reins from Coscarelli in Ravager.
If you haven’t seen Phantasm: Ravager yet, I highly recommend you do. It was one of my favorites of 2016; check out the trailer, synopsis, and poster below.
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Official Synopsis: Small-town friends Reggie (Reggie Bannister), Mike (A. Michael Baldwin), and Jody (Bill Thornbury) continue in their quest to stop the evil, dimension-hopping schemes of The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and his armada of killer Sentinel Spheres. This time, the fight becomes a multi-dimensional battle across multiple timelines, alien planets and altered realities, where no less than the fate of Earth is on the line.