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      Phantasm

      R Released Mar 28, 1979 1h 27m Horror TRAILER for Phantasm: Remastered: Trailer List Phantasm: Remastered: Trailer Phantasm: Remastered: Trailer 1:52 View more videos
      74% Tomatometer 50 Reviews 67% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate. After discovering that the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), the town's mortician, is killing and reanimating the dead as misshapen zombies, Mike seeks help from his older brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and local ice cream man Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Working together, they try to lure out and kill the Tall Man, all the while avoiding his minions and a deadly silver sphere. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Phantasm: Remastered adds visual clarity to the first installment in one of horror's most enduring -- and endearingly idiosyncratic -- franchises.

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times It's put together rather curiously out of disjointed scenes, snatches of dialog, and brief strokes of characterization. Rated: 1.5/4 Nov 28, 2023 Full Review Perry Stewart Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com A fairly artful blending of traditional horror stuff and science-fiction. Sep 27, 2022 Full Review Gary Arnold Washington Post "Phantasm" will not be remembered as a masterpiece of the horror genre, but it sustains a gauche, hokey, desperately improvisational charm. Oct 20, 2017 Full Review Jared Mobarak Jaredmobarak.com Despite any production failings... one cannot deny the effective special effects and formal structure. Rated: 7/10 Nov 28, 2023 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a relatively promising set-up that's employed to persistently (and increasingly) underwhelming and uninvolving effect by Coscarelli... Rated: 1/4 Jan 22, 2021 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Coscarelli utilizes a disturbingly unstable reality that borders on a world of nightmares - the perfect setting for pondering life, death, and reincarnation. Rated: 6/10 Aug 30, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member 45 years later and this remains the only good installment in a series of misbegotten sequels The late Angus Scrimm portrays one of the great horror figures directed by Don Coscarelli What is a phantasm; a dream, a nightmare, a fantasy, an illusion? A young boy named Michael starts to notice strange occurrences in his small Oregon town Many of the residents keep dying under mysterious circumstances and he finds out that the mortician has been using corpses of the dead in the cemetery as reanimated zombie servants A creative and artful and gothic horror movie It perfectly captures the terror and absurdity of childhood nightmares almost plays out like a hazy memory of a paranoid fantasy So much of the visual imagery has dreamlike sequences and vivid colors What's funny is that this makes so many references to other sci-fi stories of the era The Tall Man himself is mysterious and unsettling along with the lighting, the shadows Plus the tone of the movie are very creepy Although it's not very scary but still cool Not to mention the death spheres are slick, too Fred Myrow's synthesizer score works to great effect complimenting the complex themes throughout such as teenage fears, mourning, loss, and confronting death Mike is pretty good as the protagonist but I like his brother more since they both share that strong bond that gets them through defeating the evil mortician, in a way it might even be an exploration of a grieving child's psyche as a coping mechanism given the final scene at the end Low budget and only 89 minutes but has such imaginative dream like quality It's worth a watch after all this time even if the plot goes from mere camp to ridiculousness and the acting is stiff in spots Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/27/24 Full Review Patrick C Worth a watch. Interesting visuals. An effective mystery that never really gets solved lol. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/24 Full Review Jody S One of the most under rated and scariest horror movies of all time. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/24 Full Review William Joseph B While I don't think Phantasm is a masterpiece, I do think it is criminally underrated. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/14/23 Full Review Montgomery M This movie had so much cool dream like stuff like cemeterys, antique stores, and roads at night. All things I have this weird like nostalgic feeling towards despite not ever really being able to experience most of those things myself. I can't even really describe it. I just love the vibes of this movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/13/23 Full Review Herbert W Very unique and masterfully done. Still watch today at age 50. Everything about this movie is awesome! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate. After discovering that the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), the town's mortician, is killing and reanimating the dead as misshapen zombies, Mike seeks help from his older brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and local ice cream man Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Working together, they try to lure out and kill the Tall Man, all the while avoiding his minions and a deadly silver sphere.
      Director
      Don Coscarelli
      Producer
      Dac Coscarelli
      Screenwriter
      Don Coscarelli
      Distributor
      AVCO Embassy Pictures
      Production Co
      New Breed Productions Inc.
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 28, 1979, Wide
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Oct 7, 2016
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 4, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 27m
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