phantasm

We're on the eve of the big event and our horror movie marathon draws to a close.  It's a sad time to know that the perfect excuse to binge watch movies will soon be out of grasp, but alas we must carry on.  (We'll still be watching Horror Movies too, don't worry!) 

I became familiar with the idea of the horror genre having a bit of a community built around it at an early age.  I'm certain that this existed in other fandoms back in the early 80's as well, but for me, it was certainly there in the horror community.  Over time, some friends have come and gone and the rituals have changed, but I still always find myself drawn to like minded people.  It just happens, kind of like radar.  

There is an inevitability to sleep that makes it frightening in a way that most real-world fears can never quite match. Sharks can be scary, but you can always stay out of the water, and you’re never required to go camping or participate in a séance with your friends. But sleep… that’s an inevitability to which everyone eventually succumbs.

We review Don Coscarelli's 1979 low budget gem "Phantasm", and uncover some strange new ideas about the film along the way.