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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Harker Press; 1 edition (21 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069220315X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692203156
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dustin McNeill has been lurking behind the scenes of PHANTASM since 2007, the year in which he launched the popular PHANTASM ARCHIVES website. In 2008 he personally organized Michael Baldwin's return to the convention scene for several cast reunions. In 2009 he penned a widely acclaimed cover article for HORRORHOUND #17. This issue, containing his 30th Anniversary PHANTASM retrospective, quickly sold out all copies. McNeill has also designed official websites for PHANTASM veterans including co-star Bill Thornbury and talented SPFX creator Mark Shostrom. In 2012 McNeill helped coordinate supplemental features for Scream Factory's PHANTASM II collector's edition Blu-Ray release and served as an early consultant for THE BALL IS BACK documentary. PHANTASM EXHUMED is the culmination of half a decade of research and is Dustin McNeill's first book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nd Spellman on 26 April 2014
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If you are looking at this listing, you are a fan of great horror films and specifically a fan of the amazing Phantasm saga. And if you are a fan of either, you need this book. Detailed, informative and insightful, it is the book I have waiting years for. A great combination of excellent research, unseen photos and a genuine love for the series, leads to a wonderful read that does justice to the films. My only complaint? I wish it could have gone on for a longer. Make sure you have the (silver) balls to buy this!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MJ Smith on 8 May 2014
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A must for phans, phanatics and people woith pahn-omenaly good taste, Phantasm Exhumed delivers a concise but rich histroy behind the 4+ movies. Filled with interviews and behind the scenes digging, Phantasm Exhumed is clearly a labour of love but also one of mass work and dedication. This book is perfect to kick back to with your balls out, if you know what I mean.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spielberg Fan on 9 May 2014
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Dustin McNeill's detailed look at all of the films in the "Phantasm" series (particularly the first) is a delight from start to finish! Missing only the participation of director Don Coscarelli, McNeill had access to all of the film's major stars and many of its behind-the-scenes creators. As a result, no stone is left unturned. The history of these movies begged to be written, and McNeill proves himself to be more than up to the challenge! Will sit proudly on my shelf right next to Gerald Scarfe's "The Making of Pink Floyd The Wall" as a treasured piece of fandom.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Smells good, tastes sensational 26 May 2014
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It's like a brimming over bowlful hot-buttered popcorn fresh from the popper, a deeply gratifying entertainment with something to chuckle over, marvel at or cheer on every page. The fifty or sixty-odd interviewees obviously had a blast working on Coscarelli's films and their affectionate, often humorous reminiscences glow out from the paragraphs of Dustin McNeill's skillfu prose. I've read the book all through but can't resist picking it up and re -reading again and random for fresh enjoyment.. If I do have one single objection,, it's that the 260 photos the book boasts of may include an excess of one tall, gaunt, scowling personage clad in black. . Of course, being an actor, he'd probably be the last to complain.
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I've been waiting for you...for a very long time! Wow, what a book. 27 April 2014
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Finally, after 35 years, a book that goes behind the scenes from start to finish on the making of this unique horror franchise. Phantasm has grown to cult status since it first hit the silver sphere, er, screen back in 1979. The book covers director Don Coscarelli's early career with films like Kenney & Co, leading up to the secluded retreat at Big Bear where he dreamed up the story of Morningside (Phantasm's early working title). There are plenty of never before seen behind the scene photos of the entire cast that spans all 5, yes I said 5 films. The book was delayed to include the latest information on the upcoming Phantasm V-RaVager. Angus Scrimm, who played the notorious villain The Tall Man, kept a dairy during Phantasm's filming, and excerpts are included that shed light on the daily production triumphs and setbacks as well as some insecurities the actor.faced. Most of the information is told by the people who were there at the time, so accuracy is spot on. A real treat is looking back at the different filming locations, from Mausoleums to "Hanging Trees" and set construction photos. One of phantasm's biggest stars was not played by any actor, and isn't even human. Yes, I'm talking about the sinister Silver Spheres. At first thought, they sound like very simple Christmas ornaments thrown around, but the story of their creation, and evolution is very entertaining and insightful. The book reveals Coscarelli's skillful directing style and his eventual dislike for "Big Corporate" studioe who hampered his vision of the series. One learns the micro-budget the cast and crew worked with on most of the films and how improvising and necessities lead to long delays, but a production that took it's time and got it right to eventually give the franchise it's likability it is come to be known for. The book also has biographies on all of the key actors in the series as well as some familiar faces of those "unlucky enough" to meet a grisly demise in the films. Very refreshing, well written and to the point, any fan, casual or die hard, will find this book "Phascinating" (sorry, I had to do it). A must read for horror fans. To quote the Tall Man, "Careful what you look just might find it"
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Essential for PHANTASM fans! The Tall Man is beaming with pride. 5 May 2014
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Dustin McNeill's book "Phantasm: Exhumed" is a definitive work, and basically the only book with such an in-depth perspective on director Don Coscarelli's series of "Phantasm" films. McNeill provides the story behind the films' productions, and examines the effect the films have had on other horror genre franchises (it posits, fairly believably, that the successful "Nightmare on Elm Street" series was at least partially inspired by the Coscarelli films), and even furnishes biographical information on many key players. This is the "wide view" of the Phantasm world and the people who created it!

It is a tasty subject, as many fans feel that the "Phantasm" films are somewhat belittled when described as merely "horror films"--they are more nuanced, funnier, warmer, and decidedly deeper, than most of the material on the horror genre shelves. There is a lot to explore here, and this book dives into the material and takes the reader on a brisk yet very detailed tour of the series. If you enjoy juicy behind-the-scenes stories, the book delivers these in abundance. I myself was fascinated, particularly by the stories of the first film's production. The story of how the studio-backed (and much more expensive) "Phantasm II" came into being is also really, really interesting. But ALL the films are covered--there is even material on the yet-to-be-released "Phantasm 5", so this book is marvelously thorough.

This is a cinematic success story of a young filmmaker who created a runaway horror hit that is now hailed as a classic (and which has a slew of entertaining sequels). And it's the story of the many talented and dedicated people who lent their efforts to the series. The horror fans love their Halloweens and their Night of the Living Deads--there is nothing so inspiring as an underdog, low-budget project that hits the market and makes waves, with the wild energy of its pure inventiveness.

It is just as another reviewer says: The franchise, and the fans, deserve this book. A comprehensive work like this has been a long time coming! The fans have wanted it forever. Does it satisfy? YES. The Tall Man himself, actor Angus Scrimm--maybe the classiest horror villain in any modern series--brings quite a bit to the book with interviews and journal entries. Many other notable cast and crew members chime in with memorable tales. You'll feel just like you were there!

If I may digress into my personal understanding of "Phantasm": When I saw the first film back in the day, my impression was that it had been made on another planet; it exuded such an intense atmosphere of weirdness that its entire world, nightmare dreamscapes, beautifully manicured suburbia and all, seemed unendingly mysterious. Years after seeing the film, I discovered, a piece at a time, that the film was mostly made in my general neighborhood of Southern California, and this realization was a great shock. But the film's mystique continued for me, even after these revelations. Now, there's a book with all the great untold production stories gathered together, and I expect that most fans who read it will find that their appreciation of the first film, and its sequels, increases. Now, everyone can have a most intimate understanding of how clever and unusual this film series really is...from the inside out.

The book is exhaustively researched, and supplemented with as many photos as McNeill could get his hands on: It's quite obvious that everything he had went in. "Phantasm: Exhumed" drills right to the heart of the material. If you enjoy the "Phantasm" series at all, this is a book you have to read.

--Rodd Matsui
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about the Phantasm films and their creation ! 25 April 2014
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Author Dustin McNiell goes above and beyond the call of duty to the Phans of this venerable and loved films series with his book Phantasm Exhumed. If you ever wondered about the ideas and the creative forces behind the Phantasm films, McNeill has you covered; told in tales and interviews from many of the people that were involved from the start of the first film project. The detail to which McNeill goes in bringing the reader up to speed on the early beginnings of Don Coscarelli and friends careers is great as it covers Coscarelli's first two feature films, Jim the World's Greatest and Kenny & Co.. There are many great insights as to how these young film makers were able to build upon learning experiences in the early films that would carry over into the Phantasm films and beyond. Each chapter is a new adventure for each film, and goes into detail including set journals from the Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm.
The stories about day to day activities and issues on each film help the reader to understand the arduous process that is undertaken in making a feature length film. This book is well written and insightful, and will fill in most of the holes of information that the fans of Phantasm might have. The book does include some great features that talk about the projects that never happened, and the forth coming 5th installment of the series; Phantasm V: Ravager.
No book about a film is complete without great photographs, and Phantasm Exhumed has a great quantity of these photographs. Most of the photos are courtesy of Phantasm crew persons Kristen Deem and Guy Thorpe, whose photographs capture not only the behind the scenes hijinks and what is described in the book as a closeness, as like a family of the film crew and actors. Kristen's photos also capture the spirit and feel of the film as well as some of the best Tall Man scowls you will ever see.
The Phantasm franchise is a beloved entity to many fans, and as such McNeill has shown that he has a great admiration for these films; this truely is THE definitive companion regarding the Phantasm films, it is a must have for everyone from the die hard stalwart "Phans" as we call ourselves, to the newly initiated that have just recently come to appreciate the films.
This book is long over due for the legions of fans that feel these films have never truely gotten the respect they deserve.
Phantasm Exhumed is a showcase for the creative, inventive and ingenius minds that brought about one of the best genre film series ever. Thank you Dustin for your exhaustive efforts in bringing about a written and pictorial history of these great films.
You have been a good ...... BOY!!!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By edwin davis - Published on
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What more can you say about one of the Greatest Films of all Time...... This book was a good read, explaining all the different aspects to the film that one might not know by just watching the philm.

I did enjoy the cast and the behind the scenes interviews of the film. That there added a whole new layer to the film. Kristen Deem and Angus's addtions to the book made it the best. They made you feel as if you had known them forever and a part of the phan family that is described in the film. And love seeing all the personal pics of behind the scenes. Thank you so much for adding them. Makes you almost forget that the films are meant to be a horror film.

Thank you so much Dustin for the hard work on the book. Well worth the wait and worth another read in the future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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