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If You Don’t Get It This Time, He’ll Have To Drill It Into Your Head! The mutant dwarf creatures are attacking, the silver spheres are flying, and The Tall Man is back with a vengeance! Fifteen years after the original horror classic, writer/producer/director Don Coscarelli reunites brothers Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Jody (Bill Thornbury) to help their friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) destroy The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) once and for all. Is the ultimate force of evil any match for a bald, former ice cream vendor with a ‘70 Hemicuda and a four-barrel shotgun? Cindy Ambuehl (JAG) co-stars in this insane sequel packed with sex, violence and gore galore that takes the PHANTASM series to a whole new dimension! Features: Widescreen Presentation Audio Commentary with Stars Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrim Deleted Scenes, Also On DVD PHANTASM and PHANTASM III trailers PHANTASM III: Behind The Scenes Screenplay (DVD-ROM)

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In the original Phantasm, The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), a villainous mortuary employee, breeds dwarves inside tombs to be "workers" in another realm. Don Coscarelli's film was enticingly cryptic, but Phantasm III is a confused mess. Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and his big brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), are recently orphaned and become grossly entangled in the supernatural crime scene occurring at the cemetery, as The Tall Man seeks to kill everyone in town. The boys recruit Jody's buddy, Reggie (Reggie Bannister), an ice cream man, to help squelch The Tall Man, to no avail. In Phantasm III, the same boys, all grown up, are still battling The Tall Man, though his dwarves have multiplied and have wiped out entire cities across Idaho. Zombies prevail, and the viewer never really finds out The Tall Man's purpose, or why he wants to claim Mike. Phantasm's inimitable mystery and style, with the chrome orb that flies towards victim's heads with rotating blades, the finger in a box that bleeds yellow goo, or the tuning fork gate to the dwarf netherworld, is replaced in Phantasm III by schlock gore, in which dwarves are shot with machine guns and felled like trees. Mystery is spoiled by too much dialogue spoken by the before nearly-mute Tall Man, and by the dwarves who've acquired silly monster faces under hoods that previously hid their identity. The film's greatest asset is its wondrously eerie title theme song by Fred Myrow and Malcolm Seagrave, reiterated from the original horror masterpiece. --Trinie Dalton

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  • Actors: Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Gloria Lynne Henry, Kevin Connors
  • Directors: Don Coscarelli
  • Writers: Don Coscarelli
  • Producers: Don Coscarelli, Dac Coscarelli, Seth Blair
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MV8AC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead" on IMDb

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Potzer1 on April 19, 2007
Format: DVD
I know there's some concern regarding whether this region 1 DVD release is the unrated version as the packaging indicates or the VHS R-rated reissue. I watched both the DVD and VHS versions simultaneously last night as picture-in-picture and there is definitely one noticably extended scene. When Reggie enters the mausoleum and is captured by Rocky and Tanesha, the sentinel punctures into Tanesha's forehead. You now see much more blood pouring out of the sentinel, more screaming and a larger puddle of blood on the floor. This scene runs at least 10-15 seconds longer compared to the R rated version. It's funny to see in the R rated version, no blood is seen pouring out of the sentinel. Other than that, I found no other differences between versions. I know 10-15 seconds doesn't sound like much, but being the sentinel scenes are the standout scenes in these films, they're always the ones that get trimmed. I think those extra seconds make a difference and it's worth the purchase. The DVD looks and sounds great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
The movie is great for horror movie fans. It was a suprise to me that it's not popular in movie stores, I can't find it anywhere! Anyways even if your not a horror movie fan the movie is worth seeing. I personally never heard of Phantasm until I seen the video at a store. Ever since then I have been hooked on the whole series. The Tall Man was a suprise to see, he's like a Frankenstein and zombie look alike. So if you have'nt stoped reading my reveiw I would give this movie a chance if I were you. The cover may not look interesting, But I swear to you that you can look forward to a couple of suprises. Never underestimate the power of cult classics and the Tall Man. I give this movie ****1/2
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 1, 2007
Format: DVD
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, the second sequel to Don Coscarelli's original, cerebral horror flick, picks up right where the second film left off. Reggie (Reggie Bannister) and Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) are still on the run from the seemingly indestructible Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) who is in the process of devestating small towns across the mid-west. In the meantime, he has plans for Mike, which leads Reggie across the country on a rescue mission along with some unlikely allies. Mike's older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) returns as well, in an unexpected form, to lend a hand too. Like the above Amazon review states, Phantasm III leaves little to the imagination in terms of gore effects, and the story is nowhere near as cerebral as the original Phantasm, but Phantasm III is still a more than solid sequel in Coscarelli's series. The overall story becomes expanded and Coscarelli does a great job tying things together using footage from the original film, and despite some plot holes, just about everything works here. All in all, Phantasm III is a fine and underrated sequel, and once again, thanks to Anchor Bay, such a film gets an equally fine DVD release featuring commentary, behind the scenes, and trailers.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Donato on July 16, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I think this movie was okay,but doesn't have that scary feeling that Phantasm 1,and 2 has.But it was still cool!
Picking up where part 2 left off,Reggie(Reggie Bannister)is alive and the hurst crashes killing Liz(Paula Irvine),Mike(Michael Baldwin) is taken to a hospital for treatment.After Mike gets out the hospital,Reggie and Mike go look for the TALL MAN(on cover-Angus Scrimm)and his flying killer spheres.But on the way we meet Jody(Bill Thornbury)Mike's dead brother who is undead and can turn into a flying sphere.After Mike gets"captured" by the TALL MAN,Reggie meets a young kid in a ghost town,Tim(Kevin Conners)joins Reggie on his quest to rescue Mike and kill the evil TALL MAN for good.The two of them meet up with a former Military soilder,Rocky(Gloria Lynne Henry)who knows how to kick butt good.Now the three brave ones go against the evil TALL MAN and his army of the undead in this film directed by Don Concarelli(Beast Master,Phantasm 1,2,and 4).
I think the price of this movie is not worth it....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexc on April 26, 2014
Format: DVD
This is my favorite Phantasm film ever. It is campy, crazy, gory, full of action and incredibly entertaining. How can you not like the lethal Home Alone-like scene in the house with the ninja kid and the three thieves? Or the two African American martial arts girls fighting the silver spheres with a Nunchaku? This film is full of surprises and is very original. The cinematography is great, the score moody as it should be, and Reggie Banister is so funny as the "lady's man".

If you want to have a fun evening on a Saturday night, order a huge pizza, get cold beer, and watch that baby at 10 pm, when it's dark outside.

Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Horror Fan 101 on July 5, 2001
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Phantasm 3 is a very good movie. It's supposed to be a horror movie, but, even though it has some graphic scenes, it doesn't scare me. But alas, I still enjoy the Phantasm series and look for a fifth installment. Check out Phantasm 3, it's a real treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anton Ilinski on December 4, 2005
Format: DVD
The third "Phantasm" is trying to be something in between the first and the second one. And yet not succeeding. It lacks thoughtfulness of the first and action of the second. But of course it sticks close to the style of previous "Phantasms" because it was also shot by Don Coscarelli. The third part has some new gadgets (meaning spheres), some new people and some new interesting plot innovations. But what I didn't like was this humor which I consider unnecessary. The first two parts were dead serious and only benefited from that. Here there are many scenes which are rather funny and to my opinion it spoils the general mood of the series. As usual here we can notice some flaws (like a four-barrel gun dropped by Reggie in mortuary, which miraculously reappears in the third part), but I guess we can turn the blind eye on that. And finally the budget of this part was rather small comparing to "Phantasm II", and it hits the eye (the other one).
So it's not a major disappointment certainly, but I expected much more from this film. Although for every "Phantasm" fan (and I consider myself as one of them) the movie will be interesting to watch, because it has many developments, besides Michael Baldwin and Bill Thornbury emerge here as Michael and Jody respectively.
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