PHANTASM's Don Coscarelli: The CFQ Interview

Rob Mayes (left), Chase Williamson (center) and Allison Weissman fight the intangible and slightly ridiculous in JOHN DIES AT THE END.
Rob Mayes (left), Chase Williamson (center) and Allison Weissman fight the intangible and slightly ridiculous in JOHN DIES AT THE END.

There’s something about a Don Coscarelli film, something that says, “We’re gonna mess with your brain, now.” But if power-drill-equipped flying orbs, interplanetary gateways stashed away in funeral homes, or Elvis battling soul-sucking mummies didn’t freak you out in such films as PHANTASM and BUBBA HO-TEP, maybe the director’s latest, JOHN DIES AT THE END, will do it, featuring as it does a couple of paranormal crime-fighters who have to contend with hallucinogenic soy sauce, trans-temporal cell phones, and sentient, cannibalistic sludge.
We got to talk with Coscarelli about the influences that led to the fevered insanity of his films, the shock of being hailed as one the godfathers of horror’s rebirth, and odds of the world ever seeing BUBBA NOSFERATU. Click on the player to hear the show.

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John Dies at the End: Limited Theatrical Engagments

Magnet Releasing provides platform theatrical exposure to this bizarre fantasy film, currently available via Video on Demand. Don Coscarelli (PHANTASM) wrote and directed, based on the novel by David Wong. Chase Williamson leads a cast that includes Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti (LADY IN THE WATER), Clancy Brown (COWBOYS AND ALIENS), Doug Jones (PAN’S LABYRINTH), Jonny Weston, Jimmy Wong (singer-songwriter of “Ching-Chong, It Means I Love You”), and the Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm. The plot has a pair of college dropouts battling a drug that sends users into other dimensions, from which they return in non-human form.
John Dies at the End (2012) posterTheatrical Engagements:

1/25/2013
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre
2/1/2013
New York, NY: Sunshine Cinema 5
2/8/2013
Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
Chicago, IL: Music Box
Dallas, TX: Texas Theatre
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre
San Francisco, CA: Bridge Theatre
University City, MO: Tivoli Theatre
2/14/2013
Charlotte, NC: Movies @ CrownPoint 12
2/15/2013
Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center 8
Denver, CO: Denver Film Center/Colfax
San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
2/21/2013
Albuquerque, NM: Guild
2/22/2013
Austin, TX: Alamo Slaughter Lane 8
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema 9
Greensboro, NC: Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema
Houston, TX: River Oaks Theatre 3
Pleasantville, NY: Jacob Burns Film Center
Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre
Tucson, AZ: The Loft Cinema
2/28/2013
Dormont, PA: Hollywood Theatre
3/1/2013
Brookline, MA: Coolidge Corner Theatre
Kansas City, MO: Screenland Crossroads Theatre
3/8/2013
Atlanta, GA: Midtown Art Cinemas 8
Columbia, MO: Ragtag Cinema
Fort Collins, CO: Lyric Cinema Cafe 2
Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema
Omaha, NE: Dundee (Art)
Springfield, MO: Moxie Cinema 2
3/15/2013
Asheville, NC: Carolina Asheville 14
Miami, FL: O Cinema
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema
3/23/2013
Chattanooga, TN: Barking Legs Theater

Laserblast Podcast 4.1.2: Storage 24, John Dies at the End, Struck by Lightening

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Step right up for this year’s opening edition of the Cinefantastique Laserblast Podcast – focusing its sights on all there is to cheer and fear in the world of horror, fantasy, and science fiction home video. Laserblast Episode 4.1.2 (following hot on the heels of the CFQ Spotlight Podcast regarding the new theatrical release TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D) not only runs down the Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and Digital Downloads available on Tuesday, January 8; the podcast also shines a light on a trio of pre-theatrical rentals – films available via Video on Demand prior to appearing in limited engagements on the big screen. STRUCK BY LIGHTENING (from GLEE’s Chris Colfer) open on Friday, January 11. STORAGE 24 (from DOCTOR WHO’s Noel Clarke) opens on January 18. JOHN DIES AT THE END (from PHANTASM writer-director Don Coscarelli) opens on January 25.
Also under consideration are A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the recent Blu-ray release of the 1951 film version starring Alistair Sim; KURONEKO, the black-and-white ghost cat movie now available through Hulu; and PLANET OF THE APES, whose fine Blu-ray release from a few years back is now discount-priced, benefitting those DVD owners who had been reluctant to upgrade. Listen in as Lawrence French, Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski tell you all you need to know.
Note: This post has been edited to revise the release date for STORAGE 24, which (based on information from IMDB) was originally listed as January 11.


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