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Phantasm II (1988)

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The "Tall Man" and his strange little Killer Sphere return for a second round in this sequel to the 1979 cult favorite. Mike Pearson (James LeGros) is still plagued by memories of the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), an evil mortician who has risen from the grave and bleeds embalming fluid -- and tried to kill him as a boy. Mike has been a patient in a mental institution for the last decade, insisting that the Tall Man is real; he still appears in his dreams ten years after their first encounter. When

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror

Sep 15, 2009

MCA Universal Home Video

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I don't know whether you could accurately call Phantasm II "good" or not, but as a gore-filled piece of '80s horror with a premise unlike any other in the genre, it's completely enjoyable.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

The movie you get when you take Phantasm and throw money at it... the more grown-up film, in more ways than one, and it's not entirely to its credit.

June 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Phantasm II has a nice sense of fun to it which makes it the perfect viewing material for this time of year.

November 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Dread Central

Second in the horrorific series, not for everyone's cup of plasma.

May 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

i really didn't get the point

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source: sbs.is | Comments (2)

There's little to enjoy about this second outing save for Scrimm's deliciously menacing specter of death.

October 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

A silly piece of gross-out joy from the imaginitive Don Coscarelli.

January 27, 2004
KFOR Channel 4 News

Another fun entry in the Phantasm series.

July 25, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Phantasm II

With director Don Coscarelli having created one of the best works in horror cinema in 1979 with the original Phantasm, he would take his time and nine years later would craft a solid follow-up with this sequel. Although not as masterful as the original, Coscarrelli manages to deliver effective chills that will certainly appeal to diehard fans of the original. Angus Scrimm returns as The Tall Man, one of the most iconic horror villains in the genre. Phantasm II is a respectable and very entertaining entry and I really enjoyed the tone and atmosphere of the picture. Coscarelli manages to expand the plot a bit, but never adds anything refreshing to the plot. There's everything you'd expect from a Phantasm flick, and Coscarelli pulls out enough tricks to keep the fans happy. The aspect of this sequel that stands out as usual is The Tall Man, he makes up for the shortcomings that the plot sometimes has. The script suffers from all the usual weaknesses of a sequel; however director Coscarelli relies more on visuals and atmosphere to tell his story. The result is a very good horror flick that delivers an entertaining hour and a half of effective terror. The performances are very good as well, and this is among the best horror sequels made in the genre. If you can forget its flaws, you're sure to enjoy this one. With familiar territory, The Tall Man is pursued by Reggie and Mike, and is a bit predictable at times. The ideas here are good, but could have been done a bit better. As I stated, there's nothing new going on here, but that shouldn't keep the fans away from seeing this one. l simply put, a well done film with the steel ball and The Tall Man, what else could you ask for?
November 30, 2012
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This sequel continues a few years after the first, and it's much like the first one, but we get to know a little more about the Tall man. It's got a more 80s feel than the first, and the end is kinda disappointing, but I kinda liked it too.
February 21, 2011
ajv2688

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Better than the first but still not fantastic.
September 29, 2009
SirPant

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    1. Mike: Reg, who are we kidding? I'm a nineteen-year-old kid. You're a bald, middle-aged, ex-ice cream vendor!
    – Submitted by Brian L (16 months ago)
    1. Tall Man: You think that when you die, you go to heaven? You come to us.
    – Submitted by Brian L (16 months ago)
    1. Mike: Small towns are like people: some get old and die a natural death. Some are murdered.
    – Submitted by Brian L (16 months ago)
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