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A heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat thriller with a hot cast of rising stars, PHANTOMS is the latest from master of suspense, Dean Koontz! Five lone survivors in a devastated town must face the unthinkable: a ferocious force of evil lying below the earth for centuries has surfaced with the power to destroy every human being! Left behind are two sisters, the town sheriff (Academy Award(R)-winner Ben Affleck, GOOD WILL HUNTING), his deputy (Liev Schreiber, SCREAM 2), and a noted tabloid journalist (Peter O'Toole). You're in for a pulse-pounding experience as the survivors race to stop this terrifying threat before it wipes humankind off the face of the earth!
Either Dean Koontz shouldn't adapt his own bestsellers, or his 1983 novel Phantoms was a pack of horror clichés to begin with, or this movie is 15 years past its due date. What might have seemed fresh at the time of Poltergeist now feels like it was made from a derivative script with pages missing. Plagued by reckless leaps of logic, the movie starts with adequately eerie atmosphere and a perversely twisted performance by Scream 2's Liev Schreiber, but decays into a familiar hash of gross-out effects, resulting from the annihilation of a small Colorado town by an evil force known as "The Ancient Enemy." In a dreary role that insults the twilight of his distinguished career, Peter O'Toole plays a paleobiologist whose crackpot ideas have become tabloid fodder, but he holds the key to conquering the beast. Or does he? Sure enough, an obligatory coda leaves room for anticlimactic doubt. Phantoms has a few genuinely creepy highlights, including a devilish beastie resembling an angry flying scorpion, and horror fans will surely find something to admire, but everyone else is advised to proceed with caution and lowered expectations. --Jeff Shannon
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A doctor leaves her home in a slightly isolated mountainous area to bring back her little sister who's begun getting into trouble. When she returns, everyone in the town has disappeared, with the exception of a few bodies let conveniently lying around and a couple of very confused survivors. The phones don't work and it's the middle of winter with the roads now near-impassable. The sheriff and his deputy appear and they realize they're stranded in the town with...something...and the fun begins...
There's a touch of HP Lovecraft in the unnamed creatures existing alongside our world. There's more than a twinge of science fiction when the government is brought into the act. Some of it may be predictable but it's handled much better than most movies of this type. There are echoes of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and George Romero's films when the dead return to life. Liev Schreiber (sp?) is chilling as a deputy turned psycho and Ben Affleck as the small town sheriff who has to be the voice of sanity is great. Rose McGowan as the rebellious teen sister plays against the cliche by becoming cooperative and courageous. Peter O'toole was a surprise as the scientist who knows the creatures and aids in the fight.
It's an entertaining film I've watched several times since seeing it at the theater when it was originally released. I won't say it gets better with each viewing but at least every time I've seen it, it doesn't disappoint.
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To me a good movie kind of hard to follow especially begging so watch again to make sure got what was going on.Read more