Average Rating: 6.3/10
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Phantasm is a surprisingly artful and imaginative horror film, an impressive film for 23-year-old director Don Coscarelli who worked with a miniscule budget to create a small masterpiece. When Mike (Michael Baldwin) spies some sinister Jawa-like creatures stealing corpses from the local cemetery, he and his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) explore the mausoleum, where they find that the mortician (Angus Scrimm), a towering, emaciated figure with superhuman strength, has somehow bridged the
Mar 28, 1979 Wide
Aug 14, 2001
AVCO Embassy Pictures
A. Michael Baldwin
Lady in Lavender
Mary Ellen Shaw
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A spotty little horror movie, effective here and there through some appealing eccentricities.
Although enough of a cult favourite to spawn a trio of undistinguished sequels, this low budget independent horror movie is a surprisingly shambolic affair whose moments of genuine invention stand out amid the prevailing incompetence.
One of the definitive '70s horror pictures, in the last few months before '70s horror got steamrolled into oblivion... a raw blast of sensory information.
With its blend of horror and sci-fi and crap and cool, and its deceitful story-line, Phantasm's certainly unlike other American films of the period.
A film filled with unique, personal, witty, and, at the same time, terrifying imagery rarely seen in low-budget horror films.
Coscarelli made this with very little money but with plenty of imagination.
Phantasm isn't necessarily one of those films you see for the brilliant writing.... but all of this is forgivable for the groundbreaking vision of the film.
Phantasm can be viewed as a haunting fable of an adolescent grappling with his fear of death.
Doesn't fall into any of the easily-classifiable genres, and I suppose that's one of the reasons it's so well-remembered all these years later.
Cult horror outing this is SCARY!!
Ugh. This is a classic of the genre? Are you sure we watched the same movie?
both inventive and completely nuts
Audience Reviews for Phantasm
- Tall Man: You play a good game, boy, but the game is finished. Now, you die.
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