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Effects Artist Mark Shostrom Shares Tons of ‘Phantasm II’ Behind the Scenes Photos for 30th Anniversary

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Unlike all the subsequent films in the franchise, which had mega low budgets and went direct-to-video, Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm II was given three million dollars by Universal Studios and released into theaters, as the studio was hopeful that the series could become a new hit franchise for them. It was released on July 8, 1988, making the film 30 years old as of yesterday!

In celebration of the 30th anniversary, makeup effects artist Mark Shostrom (From Beyond, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Evil Dead II) took to Twitter to share a whole bunch of stories and behind the scenes photos from his archives, several of which had never before been seen. Naturally, the photos mostly highlight the film’s practical effects work.

Angus [Scrimm] gave me my favourite nickname during the P2 makeup sessions,” Shostrom recalled in one tweet. “As I applied gelatin, yellow milk, yogurt & chicken skin to add to the verisimilitude of the makeup, he asked what each item was. Finally he said, ‘Mark, you’re like the Julia Child of Makeup.’ I miss the man.”

Happy 30th, Phantasm II!

Writer in the horror community since 2008. Owns Eli Roth's prop corpse from Piranha 3D. Has three awesome cats. Still plays with toys.


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