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"Phantasm" Sequels Moved to Back Burner

According to The Horror-Wood Reporter, Don Coscarelli was recently quoted as announcing that "the rumored new trilogy of Phantasm movies won’t happen" due to a failed deal with New Line. This is, of course, incredibly sad news for fans who would rather see the talented director continue to riff on a familiar theme than to forge ahead in new directions. However, said fans may find succor in Coscarelli's assurance that he still wants to make more "Phanstasm" movies at some point.

He is also interested in making a sequel to his beloved "Bubba Ho-Tep" (in fact, the IMDb shows a release date of 2006 for "Bubba Nosferatu"), an idea that seems almost as questionable to me as dipping back into the "Phantasm" cauldron. "Ho-Tep" can truly be called a unique film. It's not just a funny horror film; instead, it belongs to both the comedy and horror genres. There's a difference, and I'm hard pressed to think of a movie that accomplishes such crossover with anything like the aplomb of "Ho-Tep." One wonders what could possibly be accomplished by trying to re-imagine such an original and successful film.

But if Bruce Campbell and Don Coscarelli are part of the equation, there is always hope. If the title changes to "Bubba Tall Man," we will know it's time to start worrying.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on December 3, 2005 9:55 AM
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