The original (and newly restored) “Phantasm” is back in theaters this week, as is the fifth installment in the longstanding horror franchise, “Phantasm: Ravager.” To reacquaint yourself with the series launched by writer/director Don Coscarelli — or to familiarize yourself with it in the first place — the new “Phantasm and You” featurette is here to bring you up to speed in a mere three-and-a-half minutes. Watch it below.
The video gives a CliffsNotes version of the first four films in the mythos, focusing on the protagonist (Mike) and villain (the Tall Man), touching on the films’ bizarre, at times surreal nature. It’s all quite tongue in cheek, less exhaustive than amusing.
“It’s a swan song to the series,” Coscarelli says of “Phantasm: Ravager,” which he co-wrote along with director David Hartman. “There’s some new iterations of those brain-shucking spheres and a lot of good stuff that the fans will enjoy. It ties up a lot of the storylines and answers some questions that fans have had.” Both films are now available on VOD.