[Podcast] Phantasm: Ravager (2016) — Episode 184 — Horror News Radio

The final chapter of Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series is now available on VOD. The Grue-crew don their best ice-cream suits to do battle with Angus Scrimm’s Tall Man one last time as they review Phantasm Ravager from director David Hartman. Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, and Bill Thornbury are all back as well. The story is a nightmarish and dreamlike as the previous four as Reggie continues to search for his friends Mike and Jody.

Doc shares his adventure to the Monsterama horror convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The Grue-crew were supposed to go to Spooky Empire this past weekend but Mother Nature had other plans. Thanks to Andrew and Derek at Monsterama, Doc and award winning director Christopher G. Moore were able to set up at the Atlanta convention instead giving away tons of promos from our friends at Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Dave dives into  the  Horror News of the Week with  the trailer for Get Out, the next found footage sensation RWD, and the orchestra concert during the showing of Jaws. Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo attended  Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October. The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is coming October 21-23, 2016 in Knoxville, TN.

Co-hosts  Doc Rotten,  Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.,  Dave Dreher  and  Thomas Mariani  are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week!  Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

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Episode 184 — Phantasm Ravager  (2016)
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Feature Review: Phantasm Ravager  (2016)

For the first time without Don Coscarelli behind the camera, the Phantasm series returns with Phantasm Ravager. The film is episodic and disjointed but has a familiar charm to it as the story follows Reggie searching for Mike and Jody. There are plenty of balls chasing after him and the 1971 Plymout Barracuda is not too far behind either. A few other faces from the franchise appear as well along with the final appearance of Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man. Boooooy!

Convention Report: Monsterama (2016 – Atlanta, GA)

Gruesome Magazine and Horror News Radio wish to extend a huge “Thank You” to the kind folks behind Monsterma Con in Atlanta. Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Grue-crew were unable to attend the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, Florida. Without hesitation, the Monsterama gang opened their doors to any Spooky Empire ticket holders and to Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore. The guest list included Caroline Munro, Susanna Leigh, Trina Parks, and Zach Galligan among many others. It was great to see old friends and meet new fans of the show. Thank you, Monsterama.



  • [00:00:40] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:33] Announcements
    • [00:03:27]  Knoxville Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:17] Sick Chicks Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:47]  NYC Horror Film Festival
  • [00:08:08] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:08:42] The trailer for Jordan Peele’s Get Out is creepy as hell
    • [00:13:44] The podcast Lore gets a greenlight as an Amazon series
    • [00:17:23] RWD looks to be taking found footage into a new direction
    • [00:21:50] Who is ready for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
    • [00:25:35] The Boston Pops will play John William’s score during a showing of Jaws
  • [00:28:58] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [00:30:31] Horror Pack
  • [00:31:05] Feature Review: Phantasm Ravager
  • [01:08:28] Convention Report: Monsterama Con
  • [01:14:33] Stump the Saint (Thump The Thaint)
  • [01:21:43] Next Week: Shin Godzilla


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Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.