Phantasm II

Phantasm II

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Director: Don Coscarelli

Cast: Don Coscarelli, James LeGros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm

     
 

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The "Tall Man" and his strange little Killer Sphere return for a second round in this sequel to the 1979 cult favorite. Mike Pearson (James LeGros) is still plagued by memories of the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), an evil mortician who has risen from the grave and bleeds embalming fluid -- and tried to kill him as a boy. Mike has been a patient in a mental institution for… See more details below

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The "Tall Man" and his strange little Killer Sphere return for a second round in this sequel to the 1979 cult favorite. Mike Pearson (James LeGros) is still plagued by memories of the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), an evil mortician who has risen from the grave and bleeds embalming fluid -- and tried to kill him as a boy. Mike has been a patient in a mental institution for the last decade, insisting that the Tall Man is real; he still appears in his dreams ten years after their first encounter. When Mike changes his tune and says that the undead undertaker was merely a hallucination, he is finally released. However, Mike and his best friend, Reggie (Reggie Bannister), are actually out to find the Tall Man and put an end to his habits of grave-robbing and draining people's bodies with his flying brain-juicer. As they search for the Tall Man, Mike encounters Liz (Paula Irvine), a woman who has also appeared in his dreams, and she claims that she too has been pursued by the Tall Man. Phantasm II was followed by a third installment in 1994, and a fourth in 1998.

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Fans of the deliciously bizarre Phantasm need not worry: despite its bigger budget and major studio backing, Phantasm II is every bit as unusual as the first film. Once again, writer/director Don Coscarelli mines a singular combination of surrealism and shocks as he pits his beleaguered heroes against the otherworldly menace of the Tall Man. Coscarelli also includes the moments of offbeat humor that were so surprising in the first film, the highlight here being a very unusual and raucous bedroom encounter between Reggie and an oddball hitchhiker they pick up along the way. The main difference between the two films is that Phantasm II maintains a spooky atmosphere through the first half of the film as the heroes stalk their nemesis and then switches gears into a more Sam Raimi-styled action-horror mode for an eventful finale. Some might not like this tonal shift, but Coscarelli handles the mayhem with such a gleeful flair that is hard to deny. Another change lies in the casting: James LeGros steps in as Mike, replacing the first film's Michael Baldwin, but he delivers a subtle, slyly funny performance that fits the material nicely (he also has a solid level of chemistry with series regular Reggie Bannister). The end results are showier to be sure, with plenty of pyrotechnics and slick, convincing makeup effects by Mark Shostrom, but no less eccentric in tone. In short, Phantasm II is one of the more underrated horror sequels in recent memory and well worth a look to anyone who enjoyed the first film.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2013
UPC:
0826663136609
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
ABC
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
21,662

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James LeGros Mike Pearson
Reggie Bannister Reggie
Angus Scrimm Tall Man
Paula Irvine Liz
Samantha Phillips Alchemy
Kenneth Tigar Father Meyers
Ruth C. Engel Grandma
Mark Anthony Major Mortician
Rubin Kushner Grandpa
Stacey Travis Jeri
J. Patrick McNamara Psychologist
Michael Baldwin Mike

Technical Credits
Don Coscarelli Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Wayne Beauchamp Special Effects
Alan Brent Connell Asst. Director
Dac Coscarelli Executive Producer
Philip J.C. Duffin Production Designer
Carla Gibbons Costumes/Costume Designer
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Melanie Kay Makeup
Fred Myrow Score Composer
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
D. Kerry Prior Makeup Special Effects
Roberto Quezada Producer
Byrnadette di Santo Art Director
Mark Shostrom Makeup,Special Effects
Christopher L. Stone Score Composer
Peter Teschner Editor
Robert Del Valle Associate Producer
Dominic Wymark Set Decoration/Design

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Audio Commentary with Director Don Coscarelli and Actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister New Interviews with Don Coscarelli, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister and Paula Irvine Original Theatrical Trailer

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