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The Original Classic From The Director Of THE BEASTMASTER and BUBBA HO-TEP Michael Baldwin and Bill Thornbury star in the shocker that started it all, in which two brothers discover that their local mortuary hides a legion of hooded killer dwarf creatures, a flying drill-ball, and the demonic mortician known as The Tall Man (an iconic performance by Angus Scrimm) who enslaves the souls of the damned. More than 25 years later, it remains unlike any fright film youve ever seen. Reggie Bannister co-stars in the heart-stopping classic from writer/director Don Coscarelli that launched the most uniquely chilling series in horror history and is still hailed as one of the scariest movies of all time. Experience PHANTASM again, now featuring frightening extras never before seen in America! Features:Widescreen Presentation TV Spots Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli and Stars Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm and Bill Thronbury Deleted Scences, Also on DVD PHANTASM Trailer, PHANTASM III Trailer PHANTASM: Behind-the-Scences, PHANTASM: Actors Having a Ball Phantasmagoria, 1979 PHANTASM Interview, 1988 Fangoria TV Commerical
Jody is the kind of guy that every 1970s teen looked up to. He's in his early 20s, has a cool car, splendid '70s hair, leather jacket, plays guitar and (naturally) snags all the girls. His little brother, Mike, in particular, admires him and emulates him at every turn. Things start to go astray, however, when the two brothers and their friend Reggie attend a funeral for a friend. Mike notices a tall man working at the funeral home; in the course of his snooping, he sees the tall man put a loaded coffin into the back of a hearse as easily as if it was a shoebox. Jody doesn't believe his little brother's stories, though, until he brings home the tall man's severed finger, still wriggling in what appears to be French's mustard. From there, the film picks up a terrific momentum that doesn't let up until the sequel-ripe twist ending. Phantasm was one of the first horror movies to break the unspoken rule that victims were supposed to scream, fall down, and cower until they were killed. Instead, Mike and Jody are resourceful and smart, aggressively pursuing the evil inside the funeral home with a shotgun and Colt pistol. Furthermore, the script has a great deal of character development, especially in the relationship between the two brothers. The film even has a surprisingly glossy look, despite its low-budget origins, and little outright gore (except for the infamous steel spheres that drill into victims' heads). This drive-in favorite was a big success at the time of its release, and spawned three sequels. Little wonder; it includes an inventive story, likable characters, a runaway pace, and, of course, evil dwarves cloaked in Army blankets. The end result is one of the better horror films of the late 1970s. Hot-rod fans take note: Jody drives a Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, the pinnacle of 1960s muscle cars, rounding out his status as a Cool Guy. --Jerry Renshaw
Stills from Phantasm (Click for larger image)
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- Phantasmagoria: 30-minute documentary and interviews with cast and crew
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- Trailers for Phantasm and Phantasm III
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Sadly, the movie too late in the game starts opening up more questions to the older questions it was starting to sort out. Also, the few scenes with Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man are bittersweet. The Tall Man really is not in the movie that much and it could have been due to Scrimm's health at the time but he definitely relishes his moments on screen. My favorite part is when Reggie wakes up in a civil war era hospital right next to Jebidia Morningside. Reggie is a bit confused at this kindly old man with a very familiar face and just as Reggie is about to relax the Tall Man uses that chilling voice and tells him he has always been watching. This is a decent effort for a Phantasm movie, I know it is the end but my final thoughts are that I wish they would have been done a better job wrapping things up as the movie seemed to have several different endings and kept piling on new story elements.
It's a great movie for anytime but especially around Halloween. I plan to now watch the other installments and hope they're just as good. I don't think I would've ever watched this if not for the Shudder channel here on Amazon. Thanks for introducing me!
Btw, what's sad is that I was born in 1977 so I'm old enough that I should've run across this movie growing up at some point but somehow I either forgot I watched it or I never crossed paths with it on tv in all these years. Oh well. Better late than never!
And one of the guys gets sucked in. Well in the original movie, that guy who gets sucked in end up on a Red planet, where he sees all those munchkins marching, carrying those little barrels. One of the munchkins comes up to the guy who got sucked in the portal, while hes on the other side, and gets in his face...just as the dudes on the other side of the portal pull him to there side. A trippy scene.
An interesting part of the movie, I think got edited out in the remastered version. Its scenes like that that makes this movie a cult classic.
Thought this was the installment to end it all but it turned out to be another set up movie for future installments. Had this movie set up a new villain after finally defeating the tall man it would have been better. But no.