That Time Roger Ebert Said ‘Phantasm’ Was A Mess (1979)

Not sure if you’ve ever heard of the movie Phantasm, but chances are you have.  And chances are that you liked it more than both Siskel & Ebert did back in 1979.  Ah yes, one of my favorite pastimes:  Looking up old Siskel & Ebert horror movie reviews on Youtube. And given that this year is the 40th Anniversary of Phantasm, I figured I’d snoop around and see if these two jokesters ever did a review when it originally came out.  And, they did!  Check it below:

Ok, ok.  We get it.  You didn’t like the ‘weird little stainless steel ball‘, Roger Ebert.  And Siskel’s snickering during Ebert’s rant only irked me more.  They did both enjoy the severed finger though, so there’s that.  I never did take their horror movie reviews seriously, but this one made me chuckle due to their obvious disdain for the ‘lack of explantation’ of anything in Phantasm.  Rule #1 for watching Phantasm:  Don’t take it seriously!  Just sit back, enjoy the visuals, enjoy the score, enjoy Angus Scrimm, and enjoy this song:

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: ‘Reggie’ From ‘Phantasm’ (1979)

In the world of ‘horror movie hair’, sometimes it’s not about how much you have on top……but how you work the other areas to compensate for those lacking locks that should be on top.  Enter into this post…..REGGIE!  From the 1979 Don Coscarelli classic, Phantasm.  And if you have been living under a rock the last 38 years, here’s a peek at Reggie’s glorious hair in action:

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Aww yeah!  Get it, Reggie’s hair…..GET IT!  Now, Reggie’s receding hairline might not be as prominent in this pic as his ice cream vendor getup is……but you can definitely see how the hair that he does have is basically having sweet sex with the air blowing to and fro in this scene.  That outfit is pretty effective though, because now I want an ice cream sandwich.  But let’s get back to the main course:  HAIR.  Clearly, if you’ve seen Phantasm and it’s sequels then you know that Reggie’s (aka Reggie Bannister) lack of hair didn’t stop him from pulling the ladies.  And that alone has catapulted him into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!  Now – please accept your award and then promptly make me a two-scoop in a waffle cone, please.

Ebay Find Of The Week: Plymouth Cuda Limited Edition Car From ‘Phantasm’

Some things just define “cool”.  And when I was perusing around Ebay for rare horror soundtracks on vinyl the other day, I came across something so cool, and I had no clue that it even existed.  Behold!  A limited edition 1971 Plymouth Cuda 340 replica car from Don Coscarelli’s 1979 classic film, Phantasm:

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The bad news as I’ve already mentioned, is that this fine specimen is limited. The good news however, is that there are a few available on Ebay for somewhat reasonable prices (the cheapest I found was about $60 out the door).  If you’re a Phantasm fan and are tired of waiting for a Reggie Bannister action figure, this replica car is the next best thing.  So head on over to Ebay or click on the link HERE to take a look and place your offers.  This feels like the perfect time by the way to put up the new Phantasm V: Ravager trailer if you want to see Angus Scrimm play The Tall Man for what very well could be his last time.  He’s pretty old.