Famed writer/director DON COSCARELLI at The Tower!!!

Weller Book Works and Salt Lake Film Society are thrilled to welcome legendary director Don Coscarelli to Salt Lake City! He will be presenting  a special screening of the cult horror classic PHANTASM (Remastered) at The Tower Theatre, followed by a signing of his new book, TRUE INDIE: LIFE AND DEATH IN FILMMAKING!


Best known for his horror/sci-fi/fantasy films including PhantasmThe BeastmasterBubba Ho-tep and John Dies at the End, now Don Coscarelli’s taking you on a white-knuckle ride through the rough and tumble world of indie film.

Join Coscarelli as he sells his first feature film to Universal Pictures and gets his own office on the studio lot while still in his teens. Travel with him as he chaperones three out-of-control child actors as they barnstorm Japan, almost drowns actress Catherine Keener in her first film role, and transforms a short story about Elvis Presley battling a four thousand year-old Egyptian mummy into a beloved cult classic film.

Witness the incredible cast of characters he meets along the way from heavy metal god Ronnie James Dio to first-time filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary. Learn how breaking bread with genre icons Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter and Guillermo Del Toro leads to a major cable series and watch as he and zombie king George A. Romero together take over an unprepared national network television show with their tales of blood and horror.

This memoir fits an entire film school education into a single book. It’s loaded with behind-the-scenes stories: like setting his face on fire during the making of Phantasm, hearing Bruce Campbell’s most important question before agreeing to star in Bubba Ho-tep, and crafting a horror thriller into a franchise phenomenon spanning four decades. Find out how Coscarelli managed to retain creative and financial control of his artistic works in an industry ruled by power-hungry predators, and all without going insane or bankrupt.


PHANTASM is the horror shocker that started it all.

Micahel Baldwin and Bill Thornbury star as two brothers who discover that their local mortuary hides a legion of hooded killer dwarf-creatures, a flying silver sphere of death, and is home to the sinister mortician known only as the Tall Man. This nefarious undertaker (with an iconic performance by Angus Scrimm) enslaves the souls of the damned and in the process his character has entered the pantheon of classic horror villains.


It all starts at 7 PM, October 11, at The Tower Theatre, when Don Coscarelli introduces and discusses his horror classic, PHANTASM. A viewing of the film will follow, with a meet and greet/signing with Mr. Coscarelli to follow!

Ticket prices:

$50, which includes the viewing and discussion with Don Coscarelli, the meet and greet/signing with Don Coscarelli, and a copy of his new book, TRUE INDIE: LIFE AND DEATH IN FILMMAKING!

$20, which includes the viewing and discussion ONLY.

PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Coscarelli is willing to sign TWO items for anyone who attends the Meet and Greet, but one of the items must be his new book, TRUE INDIE: LIFE AND DEATH IN FILMMAKING! You must purchase it through Weller Book Works, or through the link below, as part of the meet and greet package. Please bring your receipt to the event.

Get your tickets today! Here's the link: https://saltlakefilmsociety.org/now-playing/special-events/phantasm-director-don-coscarelli

Weller Book Works will also be on site selling copies of TRUE INDIE: LIFE AND DEATH IN FILMMAKING!

Part of Utah Humanities Book Festival!







Event date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:30pm
Event address: 
The Tower, 876 E 900 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84105