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:
It’s that time of the year again, folks! Yes, it’s MONSTERPALOOZA time! Actually, it’s SON OF MONSTERPALOOZA time! Pretty much the same thing though because my excitement level is equal for both.
Coming back to Burbank (that’s in California for those who don’t know) once again September 13th-15th, Son Of Monsterpalooza already has the ‘Master Of Italian Horror‘ Dario Argento getting top-billing so far on the celebrity front. In addition to him, you can also see a full-blown Phantasm 40th Anniversary Reunion – including creator/writer/director Don Coscarelli and the majority of the cast from the original film! (RIP Angus Scrimm)
Did someone say they liked Terminator 2: Judgement Day? Well, it’s a good thing then that Robert Patrick and Edward Furlong (along with other cast members) will be in attendance and have a panel on Sunday! Oh, did I mention Billy Zane is going to be at the convention too? Billy Zane!! I love Demon Knight……sorry.
I highly suggest that you purchase tickets in advance for Son Of MonsterpaloozaHERE on their website, because there is a good chance that it sells out. You can also see the full schedule rundown and celebrity lineup (with more to be added). Oh – I almost forgot. Being that we’re nearing Halloween, there will be a costume contest as well – so come dressed in your best creepy attire! Scare you there!!!
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:
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.