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Phantoms (1998)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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Dean Koontz scripted this adaptation of his fantasy novel. The tale begins when two sisters, Lisa (Rose McGowan) and Jenny (Joanna Going) arrive for a ski vacation in the mountain resort town of Snowfield, Colorado, where they discover their landlady is dead and the town is deserted except for a single dead police officer. Lisa and Jenny are soon joined by Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) and his deputies Stu Wargle (Liev Schreiber) and Steve Shanning (Nicky Katt). The five conclude that the


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Dean Koontz

Aug 28, 2001


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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (26) | DVD (4)

The more the story and film unfold, the stupider "Phantoms" gets...

March 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The great thespian Peter O'Toole looks more out of place in this schlock pic than the rest of the cast, even though he's the best thing about this misfire.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A dandy Halloween feature with a good needle-in-the-butt jump every five minutes or so

June 14, 2007

Affleck, you weren't the bomb in Phantoms, yo. But Rose McGowan is hot.

October 28, 2005 | Comment (1)
Film Threat

Quickly degenerates from X-Files to Baywatch Nights once the culprit is ultimately revealed.

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Poop Shoot
Movie Poop Shoot

O roteiro é absolutamente ridículo e jamais consegue explicar exatamente que coisa é aquela que se transforma nas pessoas. Affleck deveria sentir vergonha de se submeter a isso, e O'Toole tenta manter a dignidade como pode.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Rose McGowan continues her habit of appearing in worthless movies.

March 25, 2003
Hollywood Bitchslap

...A rather silly concept, drawn out to terribly silly lengths, with so many horror-movie clichés that the good devices are drowned out by the schlock

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Some comedies are so funny you forget to laugh; 'Phantoms' is so scary you'll forget to scream. You will, however, do a lot of yawning and perhaps some unintended giggling...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette


January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Koontz and director Joe Chappelle know how to tighten the screws-it may be a mechanical skill, but it's one many horror writers and directors haven't mastered.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Phantoms

"Wow! And not like wow, this was awesome. Wow like, OMG WTF did I just watch? I figured it being based on a Dean Koontz book and having Liev Schreiber, Ben Affleck, and Peter O'Toole in the movie, that this might be good. Jeez what a horrible mistake that was. The script, directing, acting, it was all bad. This is a mess of a film. I couldn't wait for it to be over. The story should have stayed on the pages of the book. The only thing entertaining was the bad acting. Liev did crack me up with his crazy ass laugh and his creepy tendacies. But besides that, I could have done without seeing this entire film."
January 15, 2013

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Sheriff Bryce Hammond: All right, enough.
Sheriff Bryce Hammond: Enough! It's not a god, it's not a devil. It's just a fucking animal, and any living thing can be killed.
Timothy Flyte: But this thing is what wiped out the dinosaurs! Which were pretty tough fucking customers!

Phantoms is now one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Everything about it is a complete waste of time. The acting is complete shit. The dialogue is complete shit. The story is complete shit. The sound is complete shit. I could go on, but I think you get the point. For me the sound was the most annoying thing, besides Ben Afflecks horrible performance. During dialogue I would have to turn the volume up because the characters are whispering and I can't hear their worthless dialogue. Then, Bam, 5 minutes of screeching and banging that about blows my speakers. So I turn it down, then I have to turn it back up. That was the whole movie experience for me. The two actresses, while clearly easy on the eyes, are absolutely horrible and almost rival Affleck performance. I feel bad for O'Toole because he's such a great actor. I just can't see what made him want to be in this.
July 6, 2011
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Phantoms based on the novel by dean Koontz is a surprisingly scary ride, and is a non stop thrills, jolts and good scares. Phantoms is an awesome horror film, and it is very tense and thrilling. Before watching this film I had low expectations\, but luckily my expectations were exceeded. Phantoms is a roller coaster ride of horror that doesn't rely on Teen Horror cliches to create Horror. Dean Koontz does a terrific job adapting his story to the big screen. Director Joe Chappelle directs Koontz's story. Phantoms starts off with a taste of old fashioned horror films, and ultimately sets the tone for the entire film. The second half is just as impressive as the first half. Phantoms is a terrific example of to make a good monster horror film. Phantoms features a creature with many tentacles who fed on the population of a small town. Phantoms is guaranteed to give you a few good scares, and the film is much better than what people have said about it. Ben Affleck does give a decent enough performance, compared to his other dreadful performances in Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and Daredevil. He isn't bad here, but he's not great either. Peter O'toole gives the best performance here and manages to give this film better credibility. Because after all, O'toole is a legendary actor. Both Koontz and director Joe Chappelle manage to create a terrific horror film and the end result is very impressive. There's plenty of dismembered bodies and tense and suspenseful horror moments to keep you tense throughout the film. Phantoms is an underrated film, and you should at lease give it a look and decide for yourself.
October 11, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This was complete torture to watch. The story is just plain stupid, but Dean Koontz has never been exactly intelligent. The horrible acting, poor production value and directing make it hard to enjoy at all. It is almost funny how incredibly bad this is.
December 9, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. General Copperfield: Just what is this thing?
    2. Timothy Flyte: Chaos, chaos in the flesh.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Jenny Pailey: It almost got Lisa.
    2. Lisa Pailey: No, it wanted Deputy Wargle first, it wants men like him most of all.
    3. Jenny Pailey: What do you mean it wants men like him?
    4. Lisa Pailey: Well, its the devil don't you think, come up from hell tonight? I think he wants to dance with us.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Deputy Stu Wargle: Hey, you girls slipped me a micky!
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Timothy Flyte: Show yourself. Gods have nothing to fear. Or, do they?
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. General Copperfield: The first thing we'd like to know is what we're dealing with, biological, chemical, or other.
    2. Sherriff Bryce Hammond: Well, I'm leaning towards other.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
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