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.


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:

West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre
New York, NY: Sunshine Cinema 5
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
Charlotte, NC: Movies @ CrownPoint 12
Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center 8
Denver, CO: Denver Film Center/Colfax
San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
Albuquerque, NM: Guild
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
Dormont, PA: Hollywood Theatre
Brookline, MA: Coolidge Corner Theatre
Kansas City, MO: Screenland Crossroads Theatre
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
Asheville, NC: Carolina Asheville 14
Miami, FL: O Cinema
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema
Chattanooga, TN: Barking Legs Theater