31 Days of Horror – On the set of Phantasm II (1988)

Back in July, special make-up effects artist Mark Shostrom posted a series of photos on his Twitter feed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of director Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm II. Below you’ll find a few of those photos, which document the process behind one of the film’s climactic gags.

I’m also posting this to highlight the fact that Coscarelli (Phantasm, The Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep) has a memoir out this week titled True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking. Don was the first filmmaker I ever interviewed when he took time, nearly twenty years ago, to do a story for the student paper at the University of Kentucky. I got the chance to talk to him again a few years ago for Filmmaker Magazine to dig into the making of the original Phantasm.

And if you continue beyond the photos, you’ll find a pair of videos in which effects legend Greg Nicotero talks about the making of Phantasm II.

31 Days of Horror: The posters of artist Mark Welser

Dawn of the Dead

Vibrant colors and silhouettes are the trademarks of the alternative posters of Erie, Pennsylvania artist Mark Welser. Below is a collection of Welser’s horror film designs. Check out more of Welser’s work here and buy a poster or post card while you’re at it. You can also keep up with Welser’s newest work by liking his Facebook page. (continue reading) Continue Reading ›