Phantasm (1979) Movie Review

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Phantasm (1979)

1979 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
88 minutes / 1h 28min

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Phantasm Plot Synopsis:

Mike, a young teenage boy who has just lost his parents, afraid to lose his brother follow him to a funeral, where Mike witnesses the Tall Man lifting a coffin on his own. Mike decides to investigate, and discovers that the Tall Man, protected by his flying spheres, is shrinking dead bodies down to half their normal size and reanimating them as slaves. It is then up to Mike, his brother, and Reggie the ice cream man to stop the Tall man.

Phantasm (1979) Review

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 doing. It ain’t a simple case of 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 a** planet without any vacation time. 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 looking guy who can do anything it seems. That’s what makes this such a scary movie; it’s the fear of the unknown, I mean the little kid in this has got some balls to go to the funeral parlor and look around and 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.

  • Phantasm Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.04
  • IMDB: 6.8
  • MetaCritic: 7.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2

About Phantasm 1979

Title: Phantasm
Year: 1979
Runtime: 88 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.52/5 stars from 27,455 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 27,455
MPAA Rating: R
Phantasm Cast Starring: Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kathy Lester, Kenneth V. Jones, Kate Coscarelli, Terrie Kalbus, Susan Harper, Lynn Eastman-Rossi, David Arntzen, Ralph Richmond, Bill Cone, Laura Mann, Mary Ellen Shaw, Myrtle Scotton, Dac Coscarelli
Phantasm Writers: NA
Phantasm Director: Don Coscarelli
Production: Well Go USA Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA