Phantasm: Ravager (2016) Movie Review

Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

2016 | Horror, Fantasy
87 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Phantasm: Ravager Review


The final installment of the long-running Phantasm series.

Phantasm: Ravager (2016) is a 1h 27-min American fantasy horror film that is the fifth/final installment in the Phantasm series and is also known as Phantasm V (2016) or Phantasm V: Ravager (2016). Phantasm: Ravager is the only film in the Phantasm series that was not directed by Don Coscarelli, but Don still had a lot to do with the film because he was the co-writer and producer. Phantasm: Ravager was not a disappointment and was more than I had expected it to be which was a fantastic treat and the perfect ending to the franchise which was first launched in 1979. Needless to say that viewers who did not like the original will most likely not like this movie also. Director and co-writer David Hartman (Transformers Prime (2010-2013), My Friends Tigger & Pooh (2007-2010), Godzilla: The Series (1998-2001)) did an incredible job executing this last installment of the franchise, but I wish Coscarelli were behind the camera although the movie was breathtaking.

Here is a little summary of the beginning of the film without giving too much away. We see Reggie (Reggie Bannister - Phantasm (1979), Bubba Ho-Tep (2002), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), Phantasm II (1988)) running in the desert as he is on The Tall Man’s trail. Reggie decides to pay for a ride and discovers that it is his car that the man stole, so he threw the man out of his vehicle only to have a sphere following him and a sphere killing the old man who is nearly naked. Reggie then awakes in a hospital in a wheelchair while Mike (A. Michael Baldwin - Phantasm (1979), Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)) is talking to him. It is then brought to our attention that Reggie may have dementia, but it is at its early stage. Reggie began to tell Mike a story which was interesting as we watch the story unfolds.

I love the fact that Phantasm tried its best to keep its core cast throughout the franchise and that is what makes it different from most movie franchises that lasted as long as Phantasm. It felt as though it was a journey seeing these characters age as we did and it was amazing seeing them develop. I was actually blown away by (about) the last 15 minutes of Ravager with several different emotions flowing through me as I was sad but then again extremely happy. I applaud Coscarelli and company for all they have given us and for all they have accomplished for the past 40 years. Phantasm fans will be delighted upon watching this final movie and will be greatly satisfied after viewing Phantasm: Ravager.

About Phantasm: Ravager 2016

Title: Phantasm: Ravager
Original Title: Phantasm V: Ravager, Reggie Tales
Year: 2016
Runtime: 87 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Starring: Daniel Roebuck, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kathy Lester, Gloria Lynne Henry, Cesare Gagliardoni, Daniel Schweiger, Solly Duran, Jay Oliva, Cean Okada, Jonathan Sims
Writers: Don Coscarelli, David Hartman
Director: David Hartman

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