Phantoms 1998

Phantoms

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The resort town of Snowfield, Colo., is under attack by an evil spirit that almost wipes out the entire population, possessing a number of those it kills. As the locals continue to fall victim to the demonic presence, it's up to Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) to lead the response. He's helped by FBI-employed academic Dr. Timothy Flyte (Peter O'Toole), Deputy Stu Wargle (Liev Schreiber), local doctor Jennifer Pailey (Joanna Going) and her visiting sister, Lisa (Rose McGowan).

Cast & Crew

Peter O'Toole
Dr. Timothy Flyte
Rose McGowan
Lisa Pailey
Joanna Going
Jennifer Pailey, M.D.
Liev Schreiber
Deputy Stuart "Stu" Wargle
Ben Affleck
Sheriff Bryce Hammond
Nicky Katt
Deputy Steve Shanning
Clifton Powell
Gen. Leland Copperfield
Rick Otto
Scientist Lockland
Valerie Chow
Scientist Yamaguchi
Adam Nelson
Scientist Burke
Dean R. Koontz
Writer (Screenplay and Novel)
Laurie Borg
Line Producer
Enrique Cerezo
Associate Producer
Dean R. Koontz
Executive Producer
Yoji Kurokami
Co-Executive Producer
Richard Potter
Co-Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Phantoms

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Audience Reviews for Phantoms

  • Jan 20, 2020
    This is an utter mess of poor filmmaking and storytelling. The cast are solid and they aren't the issue here. The problem is the lack of chemistry, character development and overall coherency. O'Toole was an inspired choice and steals the show in a very thankless role. The young up and coming cast attempt to breath life into this film, but it feels doomed from the very beginning. The monster setup was interesting and had the filmmaker been a little more seasoned, this may have worked. The monster attacks are filmed like it is designed to induce seizures at any moment. The film is short and any menace from the monster never materializes. It's a shame this didn't work. 19/01/2020
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2011
    "Affleck is the bomb in Phantoms, yo!" Based on a novel by Dean Koontz, Phantoms follows the mysterious disappearance of a small town's entire population by a supernatural creature. Ben Affleck leads the cast and is joined by Peter O'Toole, Rose McGowan, and Liev Schreiber. And, director Joe Chappelle does an impressive job at creating an atmospheric and suspenseful tone that's rather disturbing. However, the special effects work is kind of poor and weakens the scares a bit. While Phantoms does feel derivative of other works, it's still a chilling horror film. Plus....Affleck.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2011
    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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2010
    I liked the musice and the suspense in this movie.
    Teresa S Super Reviewer

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