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TomJoad survives Roger Avary's PHANTASM

AICN's resident expert on Wet Horror, ex-Oklahoma dental school honor student Tom Joad, just turned in his report on Roger Avary's entry into the PHANTASM universe. What's he think, "well you know the horror's intense when you have to wear a rubbercoat to read the script." This report is just what Father Geek needed to prepare for the next month at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema here in Austin. You see on March 25 Tom Savini is coming to be an "Undead in person" guest at a Savani triple feature with behind the scenes film to boot. And Tom is going to Blowup some lucky geek on stage, hope its Quint, he contains enough gore to cover the audience, hope Tim was able to score those raincoats for us all.

Then on March 30-1 the Alamo will be showing all the PHANTASM flicks with several guest stars including the Tall Man himself. Just way tooooo cooooool!! And I know Tim has horrific surprises dreamed up for us each and every night of this little fest too.

PHANTASM 1999 script review by Tom Joad

A screenplay about the Apocalypse and Hell on Earth by Roger Avary

I'll be honest: I love reading scripts, all scripts. ANY scripts. Being a screenwriter myself, I am able to see how various writers work their various tricks on the written page. I can then gauge the power of the written word against the power of whatever visual realization a particular director had in mind. I love to read the scripts to my favorite films - films that I have long loved - to discover things that have always existed, yet the director chose to modify, trim or leave out altogether. Things that we as a viewer may or may not deem important, but to me are invaluable.

Let me also preface this review by letting the world reading this know: This review requires SPOILERS!!! And you know what? Anyone NOT wanting to read about said SPOILERS should go away now. The bottom line? If you don't like the PHANTASM series, then you don't give a good goddamn about this review. But if you enjoy the hyper realistic series as much as I do, you also felt your interest wane a bit with the release of the fourth chapter: OBLIVION. This is the shot in the arm you need! The only SPOILERS you'll read will make you begin slobbering at the chance to see this flick! For you fans of the Tall Man out there, I have a treat for you!

I heard about this script long ago. In fact - I have been looking for this script for some time. You see, this is the first thing Roger Avary wrote since receiving his Oscar for writing Pulp Fiction. And that excited me tremendously. I thoroughly enjoyed Roger's directorial debut, KILLING ZOE. His second effort, MR. STITCH, had some great ideas and some good execution, but I understand Rutger Hauer made the shoot unbearable and nearly wrecked it entirely. Making a movie is an incredibly tough mission to accomplish, and it just kills me to hear about strong creative minds being forced to limit themselves and roll with the punches.

So it was with great anticipation that I opened the first page to read: "A screenplay about the Apocalypse and Hell on Earth by Roger Avary." My huge grin instantly doubled in size as these first twelve words filled me with the hope that we would be able to see the Tall Man's havoc wreaked on the entire world. You see, these twelve words addressed the major problem still missing from any PHANTASM sequel: scale. By scale I mean the size of the potential story being told. This series is founded on great ideas and fun characters, but at some point or another, the topic of how the Tall Man affects the world and the world's reality HAS to come into play. I have been waiting years to see this, and the horror film geek in me is bubbling over with the excitement of this being made into a feature. Fuck Jason X, fuck Freddy vs. Jason, of all the horror films and horror sequels spawned by the eighties, THIS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT SHOULD BE TOLD TWENTY YEARS LATER. I have read three drafts of the Freddy/Jason movie and they all blow. I've read enough about Jason X to know that Sean S. Cunningham should reconsider producing until he sees a REAL script. The problem with writers being hired to churn out a sequel is that these writers are not FANS. They just don't get the material. They don't dive into their job with the excitement and fervor any self-respecting genre fan writer should have on his side. But not Roger. He knows the story - he's added to the structure and legend of the Tall Man in ways that we as fans WISH we could have come up with. His script reads quickly and he knows what buttons to push and when. He is truly a gifted writer and his talent and originality shine here.

We begin the story in the year 1999 (this draft is dated June 26, 1997) so the timeline may or may not be modified. The American flag is host to only three of our original fifty stars: California to the west, New York to the east and Plague Zone which exists between the two, separated from poverty-stricken society by walls armed with soldiers.

The plague zone is filled with those citizens of the U.S. which have become infected with the Bag Plague. Unstoppable, untreatable & one hundred percent fatal. The Bag Plague will cause the head of the contaminated to swell with infected cells, leading them to pulsate and swell with pus before exploding. Problem is, once they explode, they rain out a swollen head full of pus, infecting everyone who comes in contact with the Plague. Worse yet, their exploding skulls rocket bits of skull fragments out in a 360 degree spray, going so far as to pierce car doors. Basically, don't be anywhere near these unfortunate individuals when they take it to the house.

Top government officials have knowledge of the Tall Man, who resides in the Great Mormon Mausoleum building, in the center of the Plague Zone. They also know of his portal room (from the first PHANTASM) and that it will allow one to gain access to his world. They send in a high-tech troop of military personnel to detonate a ''universe-destroying'' bomb in his dimension.

Simultaneously, good old Reggie has been having continual dreams/nightmares about his buddy Michael who the Tall Man has imprisoned back in his Negative dimension. Reggie sets out into the Plague Zone to find out whether or not Michael is still alive after all these years and if so, try to find a way to rescue him.

The Tall Man is the absolute man in this script. He gets his due as the ultimate badass in this one and Roger knows this character very well. He's taken a fantastic idea and run with it. He's thrown in elements of some of the best and his script echoes such greats as Escape from New York, Aliens & Dawn of the Dead. Roger has crafted an incredibly kickass and entertaining read and hopefully will be attached to helm so he can make an incredibly kickass and entertaining movie!

This script ends better than even the best fan could possibly imagine and I can only pray that this falls into hands that will both recognize what they have and get this film made!

Tom Joad signing off and out.

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  • March 5, 2000, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Who thinks Roger Avary is the talent behind Tarantino's scripts?

    by Herman Snerd

  • March 5, 2000, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Love them floating orbs

    by user id indeed!

    That,and the midgets,is the only reason to see those movies.Otherwise,they is kinda cheesy,y'know?Yes you do.Don't lie to me!!!I said-hey!You wanna go back in the fruit cellar??!?Keep it up,boy!I'll take a strap to ya-I-Hey!Don't hit your brother with the stick!!This has been a Fruitless and Somewhat Irritating Moment with User ID Indeed!

  • March 5, 2000, 8:40 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is all this?

    by MrNiceGuy

    I'll say it again: What the fuck is all this? Who the hell is the Tall Man? I've never heard of ANY of this. Is "Phantasm" a horror film franchise, is that it? I'd say all that stuff about portals and plagues sounds like real C-movie fare, but I clearly have no idea what any of this is all about. Still, I don't see how ANYONE -- no matter how much you like Roger Avary or this Tall Man guy -- could not laugh at Exploding Head Plague. It reminds me of the Martians' heads blowing up in "Mars Attacks". So, is all of this supposed to be funny, or what?

  • March 5, 2000, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Phantasm is...

    by FogBoy

    Yup, a horror franchise. Four entries so far it seems. The Tall Man is your villianious guy who flings floating orbs at people. Little forks pop out of the orbs and -- whammo -- someone gets it in the forehead. Basically, I'd say it's not my cup of tea. If I had my say, the only "20 years later" sequel made would be H20, but alas.

  • March 5, 2000, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Of course! It all makes sense now, especially part 4.

    by alucard

    Don Coscerelli, the director of the films, wanted to make Phantasm 1999 as the sequel after part 3 but he couldn't get the budget for the script. So when I watched part 4 there were so many things that happened that seemed to lead or present ideas that would present themselves in 1999. The plague zones, the mass invasion preparing to explode out of the midwest, and what seemed to Michael's last stand with the Tall Man. Reading this summary makes everything clear now. COOL!

  • March 5, 2000, 9:37 p.m. CST

    TomJoad's a Screenwriter?

    by AlanSmithee666

    Yeah, and I'm a Chinese jet pilot! What produced screenplays has TomJoad written? I'm curious to know, because I'M a Screenwriter! You might have seen many of my wonderful productions....

  • March 5, 2000, 9:40 p.m. CST


    by Uncapie

    I thought Don finished the movie with the fourth instalment. Avary's a good writer. Don's a good director and a nice guy, though his wife is a shrew from hell and really knows how to piss off the press when they want to promote the "Phantasm" series. Didn't see him at the American Film Market this year pre-selling the next film, so this is probably just all wishful thinking. The first "Phantasm" was the best. Original and fun. The rest were just beating a dead horse, though Bob Ivy's stunts in the third and the last one were great.

  • March 5, 2000, 10:16 p.m. CST

    "You play a good game, boy!"

    by Veidt

    This would be the balls (pardon the pun) for all the Phantasm "phans" out there who were rightly disappointed by Phantasm IV. Here's hoping that some studio will come around and give this project a chance. I mean, there's going to be a Leprechaun 5 for crying out loud and no one will back a new Phantasm? Damn it! I heard awhile ago that this screenplay was rejected by the douchebags over at Dimension Films as being too expensive to produce (at I believe less than 10 million) - while they pour $40 million into a dud like Reindeer Games. Fucking brilliant!

  • March 5, 2000, 10:33 p.m. CST

    This news is SO OLD, it makes me wanna cry.

    by Brundledan

    I mean, really. We've known about this for some two or three years. We've also long since realized that there is not a chance in HELL of it ever happening. Ever. And frankly, it doesn't bother me too much. I seem to be one of the five or six "Phans" who actually LIKED "Oblivion". I saw a film that had done away with the over-the-top, Raimi-esque direction of III (and, to some extent, II) and that brought back the REAL atmosphere of "Phantasm"; indeed, I thought that out of all of the sequels, "Oblivion" was closest in tone to the original. Remember, Coscarelli had to make this thing on a total budget of about $600,000. And all things considered, I think he did a GREAT job. I felt that the dearth of characters in the movie (only five, not counting the cop) actually worked in its favor. At several points Reggie makes note of how strange it is that they haven't seen a living soul in all their time on the road. And indeed, one reason the movie works so well is that the world, as seen through the respective eyes of Reggie and Mike, feels so chillingly EMPTY. For all of Reggie and Mike's struggles against the Tall Man, we get the dreadful sense that he (The Tall Man) has largely succeeded in his campaign against the human race. Jennifer, the girl Reggie picks up on the road, is for him an island of normality in all the quiet emptiness; when (minor SPOILER) she too turns out to be merely one of the Tall Man's sentinels, it is a blow both to Reggie and to the audience. Many people are upset at what they consider to be a "cop-out" ending. I feel that after the myriad, irreconcilable questions of the first three movies, after non-sequiter piled upon non-sequiter, a logical, neat ending to the story could ONLY have seemed contrived, and maybe even a "cop-out" in itself. I feel that "Phantasm 1999" would not only have told us too much, it would have strayed too far from the intimate style of horror that defines the series. Say what you will about the "Phantasm" movies; they really make you rack your brains to figure out just what in the hell is going on. In the end, everyone comes to their own conclusion as to what it all means. That's part of the fun of these movies, and I'm glad "Oblivion" left us with that.

  • March 6, 2000, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Phantasm? 80s?

    by Black Knight

    Phantasm was made in 1979. Saying that, I feel that Phantasm II is one of the best most original horror action films, and it has never failed to entertain me the countless times I've watched it. The original is good, but II simply has better execution (and great cinematography). III sucked. Michael couldn't act worth shit. IV still lacked but had a good story. It also has had some pointless crap. I know if effort (well, execution) and budget is put into this franchise it can be good. I would love to see Phantasm 2012 (renamed from 1999) get made by talented filmmakers and writers.

  • March 6, 2000, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Love Phantasm 1 and 2, hate the other entries...

    by Dave_F

    The first "Phantasm" flick is one of the most brilliantly offbeat and, yes, scary horror flicks I've ever seen. Has one or two notably lame effects (the bug!), but otherwise is startlingly original. And that music! Creeps the HELL out of me to this day. "Phantasm 2", on the other hand, is the best action/horror movie ever made (sorry, "Evil Dead" cultists), far more tongue-in-cheek than its predecessor, but a terrific thrill ride. The "quad shotgun" is surely the coolest movie weapon ever seen, though sadly it only got one use... ***** With great reluctance, I've watched the direct-to-video Phantasm follow-ups, and they're just awful. For me, the series ends with 2, period. Now, if Avery wants to attempt a big-budget final entry for the series, I'll at least check it out. Hated "Killing Zoe", and cannot imagine what Moriarty saw in it to hold it in such high esteem, but the Phantasm series is dead under Coscarelli's direction, so why not see what someone else can do?

  • March 6, 2000, 1:35 a.m. CST

    "You think that when you die, you go to heaven. You come to US."

    by MovieCrypt

    The Undead of MovieCrypt want in on this one. The original "Phantasm" was basically a forerunner to "Creepshow," translating a "Tales from the Crypt"-style comic into a low budget film. Everything in "Phantasm" had that 4-color comic feel and Jack Kirby-brand of technical simplicity, like plain silver spheres that house more appendages than a Swiss Army knife and "tuning fork" silver poles in a white room that serves as an interdimensional gateway. Interesting characters, a compelling mystery and one badass car kept everything else moving along nicely. We won't go off on the sequels, but about this "Phantasm 1999"... first off, this premise HAS been done too recently to call that coincidence, and poorly besides. "The Final Nightmare" of the Elm Street series forgot how part 5 ended and presented a world where everyone knew Freddy Krueger was out there in dreamland and everything was on a fast track to hell. But "Phantasm" has always begged for the post-apocalyptic fall of civilization treatment that films like "In the Mouth of Madness" suggest, where we're way past Are-you-paranoid and cross into Are-you-paranoid-enough. However a film like that ends, unfortunately, it HAS to end, and only a satisfying conclusion will do it justice. Like "Hellraiser: Bloodlines," (love it or hate it) it ended, and was very much a reinvention of everything Hellraiser had suggested, become, and was leading up to. Do that, and we may actually see the final chapter in the theater instead of at Blockbuster.

  • March 6, 2000, 2:48 a.m. CST

    'universe destroying bomb' jesus fucking christ

    by lickerish

    Before the atom bomb was first tested, that morning at Los Alamos, something like 51% of all involved were against it...saying "this could chain react with surrounding atoms..destroy earth..ect" obviously this didn't happen. But new theory with neutrino/wormhole research shows a much more interconnectedness than would allow things like this...even if you throw out all evidence of extreme interconnectedness(ex: the exploding head disease; apparently all cells swell and as they all touch, when one explodes, it triggers the rest..logic, albeit in a ridiculous setting, they would have to all swell in relative masses)when you're dealing with the gargantuan magnitudes of destroy one, would create MORE than a black hole...or at least a BH the size of a WHOLE UNIVERSE...would this not effect ours? if you go to another universe to end it, the mere fact that you can go there implies destroying it would generate repurcussions into ours...blow a stick of dynamite in the room next door and see how things work out for you...only this 'bomb' would demolish an entire UNIVERSE???? of course, Hugh everett's hidden variable theory states that when you attempted to blow the victim universe, somewhere a parallel universe would not have succeeded in the Tall Man wins after another universeuniverseuniverseuniverseuniverse...however, im busy now in my gonna go blow my boyfriend's wormhole and subject his atoms to a little fission...see if the repurcussion's dont create a new universe of me's...

  • March 6, 2000, 4:16 a.m. CST

    To the guy above.

    by nolanliang

    They could always close the door.

  • March 6, 2000, 4:24 a.m. CST

    PHANTASM 2012 - If the others didn't scare you, you were already


    Man, I know it's a long shot that the film will ever happen, but if it does, it's gonna be to me what PHANTOM MENACE was too all the S.W. geeks! I'll be there the day before, front of line waiting for my tickets! Rumbles I heard was that DIMENSION was really interested in the script and for $8-10 million, they could have easily afforded it. However, after Avary and Tarrantino had their falling out (the nerve of Roger actually expecting to get credit for the writing he did on Tarrantino's flicks) that the Weinstein's decided to show their loyalty to their in house 800 lbs. gorilla and distance themselves from the project. What a shame! This flick would be a godsend to horror fans. It's been a long time since we've had a truly rocking, full on horror action epic. True, maybe Coscarelli should just produce this one and let a young and hungry up and comer (Avary or some other hardcore Phan) take the reigns, but regardless, it should happen! The first flick is a unique, fascinating, thrilling amalgan of horror and fantasy elements that just kicks ass! It's loaded with atmosphere, energy and unbridled creativity - not to mention the incredible mind melting score! The sequels all disappointed me some, but I have a gut feeling PHANTASM 2012 may put the whole thing back on track and end it with the bang the series deserves! I've never met Don's wife as some earlier poster alluded, but Don himself was one of the coolest, most mellow Hollywood nice guys going. I'd like to see the flick get made just to see one of the good guys score another one for the team! The team being the group of Horror fans out there who hated H20, SCREAM 8, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID etc. etc. Angus isn't getting any younger, if there gonna make this sucker, it's time to jump on it now! BOYYYYYYY!

  • March 6, 2000, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Horror Movies have been lame for a lonnnnnnnnnnnnng time...

    by HorrorBiz777

    Two of the first horror flicks I ever watched was a double feature of Halloween and Halloween 2 in 1981. Then "The Thing" in 1982, then a triple feature of Amityville 3D, Jaws 3D and Friday the 13th part 3 in 3D. So it's safe to say I've been a fan for years. And all I can say while reading this news is that no matter how good the script is; Just let it go. It doesn't matter how cool it is or who the hell wrote it. It'll still suck only by it's very existence. I mean Jason X is going to suck. I don't have to read the script to know that. Friday the 13th has sucked since part 5. Jason is the boogeyman prowling the woods in every campfire story. He ain't the messiah of the apocalypse like in Freddy VS Jason or a very BAD Alien rip off like in Jason X. This is like someone writing a sequel to Blair Witch and having the Blair Witch be hunted by the FBI and suddenly have them be picked off one by one like in Predator and finally beaten by a plucky rookie agent. Of course, that's prolly the idea for the sequel now *SIGH*... On the flipside tho, you got movies like Army of Darkness. Now, I liked that movie a LOT (I really really did) on it's own merits, but as an Evil Dead sequel it kind of reeked. Evil Dead was a scary twisted movie that kept from sleeping well for a LONG time. AOD wasn't scary or even in the same genre as ED1. But then again I guess you had to be there when it came out and never have seen part 2 or 3. Hell, I remember movie buffs "screaming" about the heresy that was Evil Dead 2. People hated that movie when it came out. Just read the letters Fangoria got. But today it's considered a classic. Even I'm guilty of liking Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2 even tho it's totally different than part 1. All this to say that I'm not condemming those who wanna see Phantasm 666 or Jason X, but you gotta remember that ALL these movies were like "scary" once upon a time more than popcorn gigglefests. j.

  • March 6, 2000, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Riding On Fumes

    by Eli Cross

    Man, has Coscarelli been milking the goodwill out of this one. The original was only marginally entertaining if 1) you saw it at a drive-in and were spectacularly beer-drunk and 2), I guess that's it. With the possible exception of Alien & Aliens, there are no good sequels from horror films. Horror works best when surprise is a factor. The first Nightmare on Elm Street was terrific and Freddy wasn't just a wisecracker. Each subsequent NoES movie bit El Uno Grande. The logical evolution of the horror series is: Part I. The one that made a boxcar full of cash. Part II. The one where they could still get most of the original cast affordably. Part III. The HBO Guilty Pleasure one. Part IV. The one that premieres on video, "Starring Clint Howard!" Peace.

  • March 6, 2000, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Isn't the scribe of "Jason X," Cunningham's son?

    by smilin'jackruby

    I don't know if that qualifies as a fan (and Jeezus, the script outlines I've read make it seem like it's in the toilet with the "Leprachaun" series), but they didn't just out-source it, I don't believe. It's going to be an absolutely HORRIBLE movie that will make any more entries in the series go straight-to-video, but hey, maybe that'll allow them to take chances on fan-scripts. "Return of the Living Dead" was made by a dude who was a total fan of "Night of the Living Dead" and it turned out to be something of a camp classic.

  • March 6, 2000, 11:28 a.m. CST

    The greatest horror film series!

    by Smart Mark

    A new Phantasm film? Fucking awesome! I've got the new Phantasm DVD collector's edition and I lay that sucker out flat and play it every day! Phantasm is without a doubt the greatest horror film series in existence. The Tall Man is a truly frightening character. High fives to Roger Avary for adding to this legendary series!

  • March 6, 2000, 12:13 p.m. CST

    "It's time now, BOY!"

    by Insane Tiki

    God damn, I am looking forword to this movie now. No horror series has the dark macabre appeal of PHANTASM. Ultra gory, ultra dark, ultra cool, the first three films (the PHANTASM Trilogy?) are like watching a two hour nightmare captured on film . Although I was disappointed by the fourth movie, this new script sounds like it takes everything right with the series and takes it to the next level. I can't wait!

  • March 6, 2000, 12:19 p.m. CST

    ROTLD and Sean S. Cunningham

    by HorrorBiz777

    Return of the Living Dead was written by Dan O'Bannon but it was based on a story by John Russo (yes THAT John Russo) so that may explain why the premise was so unbelievably cool. And speaking of Sean, about a year back I tried contacting Cunningham with my script for Blood Feast 2 (yes it's a sequel and yes it's campy but there ain't NO way it can be worse or dumber than the first, and it has been almost 40 years since the first so...) Anyway, he wasn't too interested, he was out scouting locations for Jason VS Freddy at the time. Blechh. Not my idea of a good horror movie. Oh well... Fuad will rise again some other time hehehehe.

  • March 6, 2000, 12:32 p.m. CST

    June 26, 1997?

    by LSHB

    I agree with Brundledan; this 'scoop' is ancient. Sounds like someone found the script under old stationary while cleaning out a desk. I giggle through the Phantasm films as much as the next fellow, but a nearly three year old script isn't about to get the adrenalin pumping. Hey, I just found a report that says there may be some security problems with Archduke Ferdinand's visit to Sarajevo.

  • March 6, 2000, 3:09 p.m. CST

    This has to be made>>

    by Tornado_Jackson

    What the hell was the point of this article?? Last year this site had another review of the script. I want to read reviews of the goddamn movie!! Not some script. I'll admit I'm a fan of the first one the other 2 were basically just a goofy waste of time. Part 4 got the franchise back on track but by then the series budget had been cut so much that you didn't see the ideas on the screen(Alot of the scenes stayed in the script 'cause the studio (nearly defunct "Orion") couldn't afford them. Anyway a studio shouild definately buy this project. I reccomend studios like the new Dark Castle productions who just did House on Haunted Hill or if worst comes to worst I advise using UNAPIX.

  • March 6, 2000, 11:22 p.m. CST

    "Grandma wants to play a little game, Michael..."

    by Elgyn6655321

    The first "Phantasm" is one of the coolest, most atmosphereic films I`ve ever seen. I can`t explain it. Just a really cool, imaginative horror/sci-fi flick. And yes, great music. Goes real well with a little wacky tobacky. None of the sequels are very good, IMO - 2 seemed to me like a bigger-budgeted remake of the first, 3 was way too goofy (remember the scene where the kid kills the prowlers, like a sadistic "Home Alone"?), and 4 was okay but kinda slow and anticlimatic. I think Coscarelli needs to try something new. Maybe a new film that has absolutly nothing to do with "Phantasm". His sequels have pretty much stretched things out as far as they`ll go.

  • March 7, 2000, 12:35 a.m. CST

    hang a scrim

    by Cthulu

    Have to say I had severe nightmares about the Tall Man running after me shouting "BOY!" right after I saw PHANTASM for the first time (at a drive-in, drunk, stoned, etc.) It's up there with the first NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. The sequels of course are down there with all the Freddy, Jason and Michael additions. This next one doesn't sound like it's going to do the original any justice either. It sounds like just another in an endless stream of bad horror scripts about the end of the world. When's Hollywood going to get it? Bigger isn't better and less is more. The idea of hell boiling over on a global scale is so unscary it makes my skin crawl. I want to feel like something is going grab the back of my neck any minute, not watch an orgy of CG demon octopusses crawl out of the goddam La Brea Tar Pits. Leave the bad comedy to Mel Brooks and go back to the Tall Man's roots, for fucksake. Have a small group of people trapped in the basement of an abandoned factory in the middle of the night, where that ball could come whizzing around the corner any minute... not some post-apocalyptic Independence Day horseshit.

  • March 7, 2000, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Here`s an idea...

    by Elgyn6655321

    The last poster got me thinking, as much as I like "Phantasm", maybe this gigantic post-apocolypse adventure isn`t that great of an idea. You know, the first "Phantasm" wasn`t large-scale in scope at all. It was about a few characters in a small town. Maybe "Phantasm 2012" would look better on paper than on the big screen. Personally, I like this idea better -- a present-day remake/alternate sequel with all new (realistic) characters encountering the Tall Man.