Phantasm: Ravager (2016) Movie Review

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Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

2016 | R | Horror, Action, Fantasy
85 minutes / 1h 25min

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Phantasm: Ravager Plot Synopsis:

Reggie is wandering through the desert seeking out his friend Mike and the evil The Tall Man. Along his journey, he is hunted down by the dangerous spheres and stumbles upon the gorgeous Dawn. Out of the blue, he finds himself in an institution with Mike explaining that he has dementia and then in another dimension. Where is Mike?

Phantasm: Ravager (2016) Review

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.

  • Phantasm: Ravager Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.77
  • IMDB: 5.1
  • MetaCritic: 4.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.4

About Phantasm: Ravager 2016

Title: Phantasm: Ravager
Year: 2016
Runtime: 85 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Action, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.88/5 stars from 2,690 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 2,690
MPAA Rating: R
Phantasm: Ravager Cast Starring: Daniel Roebuck, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kathy Lester, Gloria Lynne Henry, Kenneth V. Jones, Cesare Gagliardoni, Daniel Schweiger, Kathleen Hartman, Solly Duran, Dawn Cody, John Johannessen, Joe Jefferson, Tim Divar, Vinton Heuck, Kyle Shire, Tyler O. Super, Jon Johannessen, James Brink, Jay Oliva, Cean Okada, Jonathan Sims, Stephen Jutras
Phantasm: Ravager Writers: Don Coscarelli, David Hartman
Phantasm: Ravager Director: David Hartman
Production: Well Go USA Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA