Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gorgeous Tall Man Canvas Prints Now Available From Chris Ness

Phans of the Tall Man, get ready for this: artist Chris Ness is finally offering 16" x 20" canvas prints of his striking Tall Man painting from several years back. Each limited edition canvas print is hand numbered and signed by the artist. These beauties are printed on high quality giclée canvas, which feature UV light protection to prevent fading and cracking. Chris has personally overseen this printing process to ensure that these match the color and quality of his original painting.

This ace artwork was recently featured in Kristen Deem's "Dear Angus" tribute to our fallen Tall Man on Arrow's Phantasm Blu-Ray Collection 

The canvas prints are going for $80 plus $14.50 priority USPS shipping.

Hit up CINEMA ART BY NESS on Facebook to snag yours!

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Jason Voorhees vs the Tall Man in an Epic New Comic!

Like many of us, DeviantArt artist DW13 likes comics and horror films. They've recently taken to combining these two passions in an epic online comic called THE ULTIMATE BATTLE. The character roster of this sprawling tale is massive - everyone from Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis to Leatherface and Ash. The latest pages have pitted Jason Voorhees against the Tall Man and his spheres. You'll have to check out the comic itself to find out what happens!

(And if you don't want to start on Page 01, the Jason/Tall Man encounter starts on Page 201 and is ongoing!)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Phantasm Ravager FX: Before and After Comparisons

Phans got their first glance at Phantasm Ravager in March 2014 with a teaser trailer. We wouldn't get to see the finished film until a whopping two-and-a-half years later. In that time, the new Phantasm sequel got a ton of special effects attention. Here are two interesting shots from that first teaser trailer that look a little different wen held against the final product.

As you can see, the giant sphere that Reggie happens upon got a little bit bigger. And the sky during the hospital escape sequence got much more apocalyptic. If you dig learning about Ravager's many effects, I would highly recommend watching the terrific "Making of Phantasm V: Ravager" documentary contained in Well Go's Phantasm Blu-Ray Collection

Saturday, July 22, 2017

ICYMI: Tall Man Digitally Altered on Phantasm III Blu-Ray

With Mark Shostrom at the makeup effects helm, Phantasm's II and III boast some of the franchise's most memorable and nightmarish visuals. In the second film, the Tall Man is killed by live embalming. In the third film, the heroes' attempt to freeze him, which causes his cranial gold sphere to burst from his skull. It's a terrific sequence.

Some eagle-eyed phans may have already caught this, but I'm sure others haven't. If you purchased the recent Well Go USA Phantasm Collection, you may have noticed a digital enhancement to the Tall Man in Phantasm III. Check out the screenshot comparison below, though please forgive the poor quality of the captures. In restoring Phantasm III, the technicians digitally replaced the frozen Tall Man's eye. In the theatrical version, he appears to be staring downward. In the updated Blu-Ray, the Tall Man is looking direct at camera.

How do you feel about such digital modifications? Do they matter or should the original special effects be left untouched? And, in case you also missed it, there were much larger changes made to the original Phantasm for its recent restoration including an all new silver sphere.

Friday, July 21, 2017

VIDEO: That Time Angus Scrimm Spoofed the Tall Man

In 1989, Angus Scrimm joined the cast of Jim Wynorski's Transylvania Twist, a fun, rompy spoof of the horror genre. The film also starred Robert Vaughn and even a posthumous Boris Karloff (using repurposed footage from an old Roger Corman production). Twist lampooned everything from the classic Universal Monsters to more recent terrors like Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface. The film is of particular interest to Phantasm phans.

In one marvelous scene, Angus Scrimm parodies most famous role by pitching a silver sphere toward a victim like a baseball, which brings new meaning to the phrase "You play a good game, boy!" The Tall Man actor was initially unsure how Don Coscarelli might feel about such a spoof, so he ran it by Phantasm's creator prior to filming, who gave it his full blessing. Check out the scene below! And if you dig it, be sure to check out the entire movie!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ALERT: Arrow's Phantasm Blu-Ray Set on SALE!!!

If you've been holding out on ordering Arrow's UK Phantasm Blu-Ray set, this is the universe's way of telling you to finally do it! Arrow has just knocked more than $30 USD off their price, bringing it down around $65 USD. The price had been hovering around $100 USD, so this is by far the cheapest price we've seen yet.

Don't forget that this Phantasm Collection is limited to a scant 10,000 copies and, according to the company's last newsletter, less than 3,000 sets remain in inventory. Once this baby sells out, it'll be gone for good! And trust that this one will be gone soon just like the Well Go USA Collection. Arrow's fantastic box set comes with a 120-page book, a silver sphere replica, and an extra disc of supplemental goodies! Thanks to uber-phan Scott Pensa for the head's up!

Get your Arrow Collection here!

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