Thursday, October 19, 2017

PSA: Ridiculously Fake Phantasm Sphere Prop on eBay

(Adam's last name and personal information have been removed from this post since his sphere scam has ended.)

FINAL(?) UPDATE: Adam has found the courage to edit the auction page. He's removed any claim that the ball is a legit P1 sphere prop (it's not). He's also removed the made-up story about Angus Scrimm. Now he's just selling an overpriced piece of shit. Way to go, Adam.

UPDATE: The piece of garbage selling this fake sphere is named ADAM. He's ** and from *****. He runs the ****  eBay account where the fake P1 sphere is being sold. We'll be posting more on Mr. Adam until that fake sphere is removed!!

Adam is only ** years old and yet he claims in the eBay listing to have visited the set of Phantasm in March 1977. Hmmm.....

Today's post comes to you from the point where greed and stupidity intersect. This is yet another public service announcement I'm making to warn phans against buying Phantasm props off of eBay. Unless they come from a cast or crew member or have solid, verifiable documentation, you should proceed with extreme caution. Fake props get posted to the auction site every year and, in some cases, the sellers are successful in duping unsuspecting phans for sizable sums of money.

As sphere effects maker Kerry Prior commented on this very blog: "As a general rule, if it shows up on eBay, it's not a genuine sphere."

See this latest eBay auction, which claims to be offering a silver sphere prop from the original Phantasm!  The listing itself is embarrassingly composed. Here is the description, warts and all:

Up for your consideration I’m selling this prop that I got directly from angus scrimm himself I had the pleasure of growing up where the mortuary is one time when the crew was filming when mike and angus the chase seen I snuck in cause I was nosy lol and I got caught by angus scrimm he threw this to me and said get out of here boyyyyyyyy was so amazing and you can verify cause someone else on here is selling theirs $3,000 or best offer and they have a coa with theirs as is no returns has a few surface scuffs a buffing would do the trick but now or make solid offer get for Halloween 🎃 boyyyyyy view all photos it’s about the size of a baseball ⚾️ gives the impression so you can see yourself or if being thrown amazing

Okay, let's start to dismantle this bullshit. First off, that image does not even look like a silver sphere. Compare the seller's pics to ANY image of a sphere from these movies. They don't match. The seller's ball isn't large enough. Furthermore, he claims to have snuck into the mortuary where they filmed the original Phantasm. Whew, boy. That's quite a claim.

Most of Phantasm's Morningside Mortuary scenes were shot in a Chatsworth warehouse, not an actual working mortuary. They did briefly film at Sunnyside Mortuary in Long Beach, but Angus Scrimm only shot a single night there on March 20, 1977. Are we to believe the seller snuck into Sunnyside this particular night and just happened to run into Angus Scrimm? That's hard to believe. I've read the Tall Man's personal journal entry for that exact night (an excerpt of which appears in my book, Phantasm Exhumed), and he never once mentions a surprise set visitor among his detailed account of the filming there.

The more troubling detail is that Angus Scrimm supposedly "threw" a sphere to this eBay seller? Here's the problem with that: The sphere scenes weren't shot at Sunnyside. They were carried out at the Chatsworth warehouse set later in production. So why would there even be a sphere handy for the crew's brief time at Sunnyside? There wouldn't have been. Plus, the sphere props didn't belong to Angus to give away. He wasn't even present for the filming of those scenes.

Please don't give your money to this buffoon. And always be suspicious of what you find on eBay!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Epic Art for Germany's Phantasm Oblivion Blu's!

Holy crap - check out these epic German Phantasm Oblivion Blu-Ray covers! Distributor Wicked Vision Media is now taking pre-orders on four different MediaBook editions of Phantasm Oblivion. The first two covers are pretty standard, but the third and fourth are all-new and quite exciting! Wicked Vision is boasting that the film will be "uncut," but for most phans around the world, the film has always been uncut, so don't expect any additional scenes there. These 2-disc MediaBook editions are also packing a new 24-page booklet all about the fourth Phantasm. 

Pre-orders are currently being taken through e-mail, the details of which are beneath the covers in this post. Click the photo below to see the new artworks larger.

From the Wicked Vision Media Facebook page:

Dear Visionaries,

On 10.11.2017, we publish with phantasm IV: Oblivion the fourth part of the legendary horror film series as a German HD premiere in four strictly limited media books. The 2-Disc Set contains the uncensored version of the film on Blu-Ray and DVD. This is our first mediabook edition with a limiti number, which is in the back of the cover of media books. In addition, each mediabook contains a tags mini poster.

In addition, we offer two spine variants:
- VARIANT 1 (Cover A & C) shows the Roman 4, corresponding to the media books of part 1, 2, 3 and 5.
- VARIANT 2 (cover b & D) shows our logo, suitable for your wicked collection

Pre-sale starts from now on: 24,99 € (incl. VAT) / FREE DELIVERY WITHIN GERMANY - E-mail to:

Attention!!!!: The First 100 customers receive a goodie, which is personalized and numbered.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Angus Scrimm's Last Film Arriving on Halloween

Writer/director/producer Dan Golden has gotten in touch with some exciting news - Angus Scrimm's final film appearance, Dances with Werewolves, will be available Halloween 2017 on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu VOD. Angus appears in a supporting role as Neumann, a vagrant character. This project truly qualifies as the Tall Man actor's final film as his part was shot long after he wrapped work on Phantasm Ravager. Golden and Scrimm previously worked together on 2006's Satanic, which also starred Jeffrey Combs.

The IMDb plot summary reads, "When Cassie flees an abusive relationship, and falls victim to a moon-worshiping 600 year old Romanian Countess; a troubled paranormal investigator of Native American heritage finds himself in a deadly love triangle with a battered-woman werewolf."

You can check out the film's trailer here, which has a glimpse of Scrimm's performance.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Phantasm Meets Hellraiser with the CENOSPHERE

Dread Central has the scoop on the latest nightmarish creation from Mark Phillips. Dubbed the Cenosphere, it's a cross between the Tall Man's sphere and Pinhead's Lament Configuration. This tribute prop is, in my opinion, positively glorious! Who wouldn't honestly love a Phantasm/Hellraiser mash-up? My money's always on the Tall guy.

Check out more of Mark's creations at his Nightmares Unlimited Facebook page and learn the backstory of this unusual prop over at Dread Central, who also have a terrific gallery of it.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Phantasm Getting French Blu-Ray Set Next Month

On the heels of this week's news of a ridiculously limited French Blu-Ray set, we've learned that there will also be a standard French Blu-Ray set coming out this Halloween. Amazon France shows a listing for a Phantasm Lintegrale Cult Edition Blu-Ray slated for release on October 31, 2017. Their listing contains a full rundown of extras, which isn't as comprehensive as either the Well Go (USA) or Arrow Video (UK) sets, but still pretty decent. At least one feature on Phantasm II appears to be new (Interview 2017 de Guy Astic et Julien Maury) and may only be relevant to French phans.

This box set is also packing a sixth disc of extras and a new 152-page book written by Marc Toullec, both of which are also part of the limited edition set. Like that set, this one is coming from ESC Collectibles.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

French Phantasm Box Set Has Incredible Packaging

First we had the Well Go USA set. Then we had the Arrow Video sphere set. Now we're getting a collectible Tall Man box set from France? What!?

ESC Collectibles is reportedly launching a new box set of all five Phantasm movies. I haven't found a release date yet, but they're boasting that it will pack a ton of bonus features as well as a new 200-page book written by Marc Toulec. ESC is also reporting that this incredible release will be "limited to 300 certified and numbered copies." And you thought Well Go sold through their 10,000 box sets quickly....

Will report more information once it's available!

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