In much the same way that director George A. Romero creative output has been primarily centered around the highly successful “Dead” series of zombie films, then fellow fantasy director Don Coscarelli has for over two decades seen his universe swirling around the lesser successful, but equally cult, and much loved “Phantasm” series of horror movies.
Coscarelli was born in Tripoli in North Africa, but raised around Southern California, and was interested in the cinema from a young age and together with his friends they made several low budget movies that aired on community TV stations to very positive feedback.
After a low key start with his first feature film embracing the trials of a young teenager caught in a world of alcoholic abuse Jim, the World’s Greatest (1976), Coscarelli followed this up with a lighter comedic tale about another youngster and his view of the world as an impressionable 12 year old in Kenny & Company (1976). However, the imaginative Coscarelli… read more
a cheapo Conan clone this one, but Phantasm director Don Coscarelli brings his trademark gonzo surrealism to brighten up the proceedings. So for all the clanging swords and vacuous beefcafes and bimbos, we get rings with living eyeballs on them, voluptuous witch hags, giant bat-men who's wings corrode human flesh and, of course, Marc Singer talking to a feret.
If smoking a blunt and watching this on VHS in my basement is wrong, then god damn it I don't want to be right.