Phantasm (1979) Movie Review

Phantasm (1979)

1979 Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

User Score: 54/100


A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

While spying on his older brother at a friend’s funeral, Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) notices strange things happening at Morningside Cemetery. He witnesses a Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) picking up a full coffin and placing it back into his hearse. Unable to convince his brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and the local ice cream man Reg (Reggie Bannister) about what he saw, he heads out to do a little investigating on his own.

But beware, because around every corner flying spheres, fingers that turn into killer insects, and midget monks are waiting for our three heroes as they try to figure out what the Tall Man is up to. It ain’t a simple case of a necrophilia, my friend, but rather a calm, cool, and calculating "grave robber from another world". His calling is much higher, for he is replenishing the workforce of his desolate world (?), but damn, the benefits suck! Not only are you brought back to life, then crushed down to three feet, pumped full of some yellow fluid, and dressed to look like a "Jawa", but worst of all… you become a slave on some hot ass planet without any vacation time. I say cremate me.
But wait! Was it all a dream????

This is a true "scary movie". Not a lot of gore (some tho), not huge special effects, but a tall freaky lookin dude who can do anything it seems. Thats what makes this such a scary movie, it’s the fear of the unkown, I mean the little kid in this has got some balls to go to the funeral parlor and look around and actually take on the tall man. For some reason this reminds me of a Stephen King style book, which is probably why I like it so much. If you wanna get scared, rent this, but make sure you pay attention, you might get lost if not.

About Phantasm (1979)

Title: Phantasm
Year: 1979
Starring: Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kathy Lester, Terrie Kalbus, Kenneth V. Jones, Susan Harper, Lynn Eastman-Rossi, David Arntzen, Ralph Richmond, Bill Cone, Laura Mann, Mary Ellen Shaw, Myrtle Scotton, Dac Coscarelli, Kate Coscarelli
Director: Don Coscarelli
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.65/5 stars from 145 users. Votes: 145.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

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