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'Phantasm' Screening Includes 'Phantasm IV' DVDs

12 Aug, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

(L-R): Actors Angus Scrimm, Kat Lester, Reggie Banister and director Don Coscarelli at the world ômausoleumö premiere of Phantasm Aug. 10 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — It was an easy night for puns when the cast and crew of Phantasm talked about the 1979 movie Sunday night.

“It's so nice to see so many people here dying to see this movie,” said Kat Lester, the “Lady in Lavender” from the film.

“It's a well-preserved film,” said writer and director Don Coscarelli.

“We'll probably wake the dead,” said Reggie Banister, the comic relief ice cream man from the film.

There were more cheers than groans from the several hundred in attendance to watch the film. After all, they were seeing the classic horror film shown on a mausoleum wall, surrounded by hundreds of graves at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

As part of the Cinespia summer cemetery screenings, the original film was screened and the fourth film of the series was pitched, as Anchor Bay Entertainment gave away four advance copies of the new Phantasm IV: Oblivion DVD (streeting Aug. 26).

The DVDs were signed by Lester, Banister and Coscarelli. However, the most prized signature was from Angus Scrimm, who famously played the “Tall Man” in the films.

“Thank you all so much for coming … it's great to see this film is still enjoyed,” he said.

The re-release of Phantasm IV will feature a new retrospective featurette and a commentary.

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