There was a 6-year gap between Phantasm II (1988) and Phantasm III: Lord of Death (1994), but the film’s iconic Tall Man (played by the incomparable Angus Scrimm) did make an appearance elsewhere during this hiatus. Transylvania Twist, directed by Jim Wynorski, was released in 1989; the irreverent horror comedy features a cameo from Scrimm performing a parody of himself. The interdimensional necromancer crosses paths with a “boy” who plays an even better game!
Thanks to the folks at Phantasm Archives for putting this clip on my radar!
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Angus Scrimm passed away in January 2016, just prior to the release of the 5th and final Phantasm film, Ravager. The entire series has since been released as a box set; this marks the first time all 5 Phantasm movies have been available in a single, unified collection. Check out an unboxing of the Phantasm boxset below, followed by the trailer and synopsis for Transylvania Twist—just for kicks. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: The nephew of a librarian must go collect a 200-year-old book, “The Book of Ulthar.” that should have never been checked out by the Evil Count Orlock cause one of the spells in it could bring about the end of the world. During his trip to the castle, he meets Marissa, a gorgeous rock star and heir to the castle’s fortune. There they must confront the only other heir to the fortune and the book, Uncle Byron; and Uncle Byron and his 3 adopted nieces all have very, very, very broad smiles.