The Horror! Tornadoes and The Tall Man Haunt Trailers for Into the Storm and Phantasm: Ravager
03.28.14 by Ryan
This summer will see plenty of comic book movies and assorted blockbusters, but for those who enjoy more genre fare, enter Into the Storm. Opening August 8, the movie follows the town of Silverton as its inhabitants attempt to survive the mother of all tornadoes. The "found footage" thriller stars The Walking Dead's Sarah Wayne Callies as a meteorologist who pairs with a storm chaser (Veep's Matt Walsh) in order to track tornado data. "It's a bit of a contentious marriage of convenience," Callies told USA Today.
Enter The Hobbit's Richard Armitage, who plays an assistant school principal in search of his son during the tornado onslaught. According to director Steven Quale (Final Destination 5), what "Gravity did to space, [Into the Storm] will do to natural phenomena and weather."
While that is quite a boast, Quale apparently got a vote of confidence from his mentor, James Cameron, who, according to the director, called the movie's special effects "flawless."
Audiences can now judge for themselves, as the first trailer is now online and available to view below.
Surprises are pretty normal for the Phantasm franchise. The original, 1979 horror movie was independently financed but found box office success, became a cult hit and is now often referred to as "the movie with the flying metal ball that kills people." Phantasm spawned 3 sequels, the last of which, Phantasm IV: Oblivion, was released in 1998. Don Coscarelli, the writer and director of all the Phantasm movies, has always hinted that something might happen with a fifth Phantasm, but conceded that funding was persistent issue. Then, as if it fell out of a dimensional portal, AICN reported that a fifth Phantasm was not only in the works, but finished as well, and now Entertainment Weekly has released the first trailer for Phantasm: Ravager.
Gone from the director's chair is Coscarelli, who co-wrote the movie with newcomer David Hartman ("I felt it was time to let someone else play with my train set," Coscarelli told EW), but Phantasm regulars Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin and, of course, Angus Scrimm will return. "This film is a real turning point in the series," said Baldwin. "There’s real closure for the core characters that I hope fans will respond to."
The trailer gives little away about what's going on in the fifth installment, but it does make it clear that Ravager isn't going to be made up of deleted scenes from the first movie (if you saw saw Oblivion, you know what we mean).