This was a fairly decent movie, especially for younger viewers. The CG was good, the cast was decent and the dialogue was funny at most times, the only complaints I have are obvious. When you try to cram the rich history of Greek Mythology into a 2 hour movie, and than try and say, this is the Son of Hermes, or this is the daughter of Athena, and than show a whole camp of kids resembling the lost boys in Hook flipping around and doing some weak sword fighting with wooden swords, and they are all the sons and daughters of random gods; this just totally killed any seriousness or expectancy of a good story. It wasn't anymore than I expected out of it, so taking that in mind, it wasn't such a bad thing.
Angus Scrim, aka, the Tall Man, has to be one of the most interesting characters ever seen in a horror movie. His status held up well into the 80's and the first in the Phantasm series starts it off with a well balanced horror classic. This movie had the right music, the right characters, and a spooky atmosphere rarely seen in films of its time. The killer metal balls were another unique idea that is perhaps as cool as the tall man himself. It also features one the creepiest psychic readings of any movie till this day. The ending, which was questionable to some, was not so disappointing when the sequel finally came out and they pretty much continued with all the same characters.