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 entire town is missing or dead, but after they head for a local hotel, they hear a Patsy Cline tune emanating from the second floor -- where a scribbled message mentions "Timothy Flyte" and the "Ancient Enemy." After Wargle is attacked by a bizarre creature that sucks out his brain, Hammond radios for help. The Feds find Flyte (Peter O'Toole), a British professor who explains his theory of an Ancient Enemy, periodically emerging from inside the Earth to decimate civilizations. Human extinction looms, but Flyte and an Army commando unit arrive in Colorado with a plan of action. Directed by Joe Chappelle, who made Thieves Quartet (1994). … More
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Critic Reviews for Phantoms
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.
A dandy Halloween feature with a good needle-in-the-butt jump every five minutes or so
Affleck, you weren't the bomb in Phantoms, yo. But Rose McGowan is hot.
Quickly degenerates from X-Files to Baywatch Nights once the culprit is ultimately revealed.
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.
Rose McGowan continues her habit of appearing in worthless movies.
...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
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...
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."More
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.
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.More
- General Copperfield:
- Just what is this thing?
- Timothy Flyte:
- Chaos, chaos in the flesh.
- Jenny Pailey:
- It almost got Lisa.
- Lisa Pailey:
- No, it wanted Deputy Wargle first, it wants men like him most of all.
- Jenny Pailey:
- What do you mean it wants men like him?
- Lisa Pailey:
- Well, its the devil don't you think, come up from hell tonight? I think he wants to dance with us.
- Deputy Stu Wargle:
- Hey, you girls slipped me a micky!
- Timothy Flyte:
- Show yourself. Gods have nothing to fear. Or, do they?
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