REGGIE BANISTER: HOT AS LOVE

What are you going to tell me about “Phantasm 5,” Reg?
(laughs) Well, you know, I don’t have a lot to tell you. Don always keeps his ideas fairly close to the vest and then he always swears you to secrecy if he does tell you. So, you can’t breech that or he sends spheres after you and shit. So. I can’t tell you a lot about it other than to say that he has declared that we’re definitely not going to shoot the Roger Avary script (note: Roger Avary, frequent creative partner of Quentin Tarantino, is the Oscar winning co-writer of “Pulp Fiction” and an avid fan of the horror genre. Several years ago, Avary pitched an epic Phantasm sequel script to Don Coscarelli, the details of which have been making the rounds on the internet for years). It’s been around since 1994 or ‘95, something like that.

I think everyone’s probably read it by now . . .
Yeah, it’s probably just old news. Not to say that Roger didn’t write a wonderful story and all that, but yeah, I think everyone’s read it by now and Don does have some new ideas. The ones that I’ve been made aware of and that he’s allowed me to know anything about are terrific. So that’s about all I have to say about it. The great news is that it looks like we’re going to get to do it.

Are there any “Phantasm 5″ rumors that you’d like to personally put to rest?
Well, it’s still kind of up in the air as to whether Bruce Campbell is going to join us on “Phantasm 5.” He was totally on with the Roger Avary script, but as to whether he’ll want to sign on for the new story . . . I may have to break his knee caps! It would be fun if he would sign on. It really would. Because I think that everyone would love to see us together, suiting up and going after all the evil and injustice in the world.

What non-“Phantasm” related projects do you have in the works?
There’s a script that I want to shoot. I had a story written about a year ago. It’s a thing called “Worst Fears.” I was planning to shoot it somewhere in the first quarter of next year. So, we’ll have to see how all this is going to pan out between “Phantasm 5″ and “Worst Fears” and whatever else might be happening. I’m hoping to get “Worst Fears” financed. I’ve got a couple of good opportunities for financing right now and I’d like to shoot it. I’ve already cast it . . . basically, everyone I love and it’s always fun to work with everyone you love. I’ve got Ken Foree (“Dawn of the Dead”)in it. I’ve got Andrew Divoff (“Wishmaster”), Dan Roebuck (“Agent Cody Banks”), R.A. Mihailoff (“Leatheface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III”), myself, Heidi Marnhaut (“Phantasm: OblIVion”). The band Penis Flytrap is going to do a thing in it. And Vernon Wells (“The Road Warrior”), Vernon would kill me if I didn’t mention him. It’s a fun, scary, get-under-your-skin kind of thing and I’m going to love shooting it. It’s just a matter of getting the money together and doing it. It looks like I’ll he having Chuck Williams (“Groom Lake”) produce and I’ll direct and be in it.

Can you divulge any plot details?
It starts off in 1970 with some kids going to a traveling carnival and something happens there that’s pretty awful. Then it leaps ahead to another location, current time, where some people are building a haunted attraction. The attraction is in like its tenth season or whatever and these people are regulars in coming to build it. What happens is, this year things are a little bit different. They’re asked to not only build the attraction but to each focus on a room – their OWN room – what really, really scares them. Things start happening in those rooms that are really off the chart. There are lots of twists and turns and it’s kind of a roller-coaster ride that ends up with some fun screams.

What scares Reggie Bannister?
Ahh jeez . . . What scares me and what’s always scared me is stuff sorta like what I’m going to shoot in “Worst Fears.” Early on, when I was a kid, the things that scared me were like “War of the Worlds.” That scared the crap out of me. Things beyond your control. “Invaders from Mars” where you think people are one way and they turn out to be another because they’ve got these little things in the backs of their necks. (laughs) Hey, can I see under your collar, man? You’re acting a little weird to me . . . Or, even worse, where you couldn’t see the things in the backs of their necks because it was “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Oh, man! That first one in 1956 with Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter and King Donavon. Those things really scare me. I think I really got a handle on what scares me with those early pieces. But, then, you know, looking at some of the more contemporary things now, “Angel Heart” – that scared me. Here’s a guy that’s hired by “Louis Cypher” to go out and find himself, essentially, and everywhere he goes these horrible murders are occurring and he has no concept of what’s going on. It’s like the postal worker who kills a bunch of people and no one can figure out why he did what he did. That scares me. You know, Satan is alive and well on planet Earth (laughs) and he works in the form of mental illness and people that don’t know that they’re mentally ill and don’t know how they’re being used by that illness. That’s pretty scary. That and fires that come raging up the hill where I live. Natural disasters, catastrophic things. Things that are beyond your control. That’s scary.

Get the rest of the interview in part five of REGGIE BANISTER: HOT AS LOVE>>>




Posted on March 4, 2004 in Interviews by
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