Monday, April 8, 2013

SCREAM FACTORY APPRECIATION MONTH: Phantasm II (1988) - A Disc that Will Give You Your Balls Back

Phantasm II is ingrained in our collective horror brain as something of an action movie meets horror/science fiction appetizer sampler platter of conflicting but complementing subgenres that mold themselves into one Hell of a fun time. If you wanted new and improved weaponry, there’s a place for that. How about strange creatures or even stranger creatures than in the original film with their own level of evil but still created with practical effects that let the audience knows that it’s alright to laugh a little during their horror movie? It’s got that. Phantasm II sees the return of some amazing characters and some actors that seem to realize their place in the legacy of the horror film. They’re the fun guys and the evil/good bad guys. Just this March, Scream Factory put out Phantasm II on a super duper Blu-ray disc with new cover art and a buffet of special features. If you think you’ve seen everything that is Phantasm, this will have a few treats for you.

It’s still Scream Factory Appreciation Month. You can guarantee that I at least like the films enough to buy them though Deadly Blessing was a stretch. Phantasm II is a movie that I had the honor of enjoying on 35mm at Hudson Horror Show VI this past December which was a great time. Got to spend some quality moments with horror blogger Jude Felton and expert projectionist and writer Justin LaLiberty. This kind of movie lends itself easily to the group viewing experience. A room full of horror fans is either one long Mystery Science Theater riff or a equivalent to a crowd at a football game. Cheering and laughing, general merriment and beer swilling. This was a the latter. A good time. After having enjoyed Phantasm II in both formats, viewed it on VHS and DVD, this is a pristine version. It preserves everything you love about this classic. Don’t worry about bad transfers where the digital noise reduction becomes an actor in the movie. This is Scream Factory. They don’t let us down.

From a bonus feature perspective this release has it all. The amount of material that is included equals or exceeds the length of the film. We’re not talking about stuff you won’t give a shit about either. Making of specials and effects works reels that preserve the fan experience, enlighten and inspire. This is where the Factory seems to shine and when there’s a lack of material with which to gorge ourselves, horror fans know.

You can pick it up at DiabolkDVD HERE (supporting the little guy is important). Also make sure to "like" Scream Factory over on FaceBook and follow their releases. You can also stop by their website HERE to peruse more titles and get acquainted with their product line and upcoming releases of which there are many. Save your pennies. Start a swear jar. Start a masturbation jar.

Stay tuned for our final installment of Scream Factory Appreciation Month and perhaps updates throughout the year as we delve into the newer titles being released. There’s quite a bit going on at the moment not limited to but including Life Force, The Howling, The Fog, Day of the Dead and The Incredible Melting Man (and that’s just what I can remember before I have to clean up the drool on my keyboard). The year of fear is here (to borrow Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde’s tag line).

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