In both Dune and Phantasm, a character must stick their hand into a box where they suffer searing agony which only releases them once they have accepted the pain and faced their fears.

Is there any evidence (interviews, behind the scenes, whatever) where Don Coscarelli (writer/director/producer of Phantasm) addresses this?

Alternately, perhaps both take their inspiration from an earlier work I am unfamiliar with.

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    The scene takes place in Dune's Cantina; i.stack.imgur.com/UeMqH.png – Valorum Oct 1 '18 at 22:58
  • @Valorum that’s just the sort of detail I hope to notice when I see the new remaster on Thursday. I’d call that proof if you want to add it as an answer. – Broklynite Oct 2 '18 at 1:23
  • horrornewsnetwork.net/… - See item #6 – JohnP Oct 2 '18 at 16:18
  • There's nothing in the director's commentary about it – Valorum Oct 3 '18 at 11:45

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