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Phantasm Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 29, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 17, 2008
Passable in spots, it offers dumb fun and turns out to be one of the best films that Coscarelli ever made
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
May 6, 2008
Extremely gory. Horror fans should delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2008
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.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
May 6, 2008
Strong point of the feature is that it's played for both horror and laughs.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 6, 2008
A film filled with unique, personal, witty, and, at the same time, terrifying imagery rarely seen in low-budget horror films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 6, 2008
A spotty little horror movie, effective here and there through some appealing eccentricities.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 31, 2007
Coscarelli made this with very little money but with plenty of imagination.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
April 18, 2007
Phantasm can be viewed as a haunting fable of an adolescent grappling with his fear of death.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
April 12, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
August 17, 2006
Cult horror outing this is SCARY!!
| Original Score: 4/5
April 3, 2006
oh so boring
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 31, 2005
Benefits from repeated viewings
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bill Clark
October 8, 2005
A classic horror spooker.
| Original Score: B+
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It's thoroughly silly and endearing.
Widgett Walls
February 22, 2005
Ugh. This is a classic of the genre? Are you sure we watched the same movie?
| Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
both inventive and completely nuts
| Original Score: 3/5
Andreas Samuelson
April 21, 2004
Not for inpatient
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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