Phantasm

Phantasm

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Director: Don Coscarelli

Cast: Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister

     
 

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Phantasm is a surprisingly artful and imaginative horror film, an impressive film for 23-year-old director Don Coscarelli who worked with a miniscule budget to create a small masterpiece. When Mike (Michael Baldwin) spies some sinister Jawa-like creatures stealing corpses from the local cemetery, he and his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) explore the

Overview

Phantasm is a surprisingly artful and imaginative horror film, an impressive film for 23-year-old director Don Coscarelli who worked with a miniscule budget to create a small masterpiece. When Mike (Michael Baldwin) spies some sinister Jawa-like creatures stealing corpses from the local cemetery, he and his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) explore the mausoleum, where they find that the mortician (Angus Scrimm), a towering, emaciated figure with superhuman strength, has somehow bridged the gap between Earth and the afterworld and needs fresh corpses. Among the tools of his trade is a flying Swiss army pinball that bores into the skulls of its hapless victims then extracts their brains. Their allies die off one by one, until only the brothers are left to defend humankind against the nefarious "Tall Man" and his army of shrouded dwarves. While the film does contain a fair amount of graphic violence, the gore is never gratuitous and, relative to other movies of its day, is used rather sparingly. The effects are fantastic as is the highly stylized direction; the result is a memorable chiller with more than its share of genuine shocks.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
One of the best low-budget horror films of the 1970s, Phantasm has acquired a large cult following for its creepy visuals and a formidable villain in the arachnoid undertaker known as the "Tall Man" (Angus Scrimm). A standard, albeit effective horror film for most of its length, it suddenly veers off into science fiction territory for its bizarre conclusion, presenting a slew of fresh and frightening ideas along the way. Replicas of one of the more memorable set pieces -- a flying spiked sphere which bloodily drills its way into victims' heads -- became a hot collectible among genre fans. Highly recommended for anyone needing a good scare.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2007
UPC:
0013131508192
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 tvs; Phantasmagoria: 30 minute documentary and interviews with the cast and crew of Phantasm; Audio commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli and stars Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm and Bill Thornbury; Deleted scenes; Phantasm: Behind-the-scenes; Phantasm: Actors having a ball; Phantasm tv interview; Fangoria tv commercial with Angus Scrimm; Angus Scrimm convention appearance; Phantasm trailer; Phantasm III trailer; TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Baldwin Mike
Bill Thornbury Jody
Reggie Bannister Reggie
Kathy Lester Lady in Lavender
Angus Scrimm Tall Man
Kenney Jones Caretaker
Terrie Kalbus Granddaughter
Susan Harper Girl Friend
Lynn Eastman Sally
David Arntzen Toby
Ralph Richmond Bartender
Bill Cone Tommy
Laura Mann Double Lavender
Mary Ellen Shaw Fortune Teller
Myrtle Scotton Maid

Technical Credits
Don Coscarelli Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
David Gavin Brown Art Director
Willard Green Special Effects
Fred Myrow Score Composer
Paul Pepperman Co-producer,Special Effects
Malcolm Seagrave Score Composer
S. Tyler Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Phantasm
1. Loss (Main Title) [3:40]
2. Echoes & Shadows [2:21]
3. Funeral [2:32]
4. Seeing Grandmother [6:23]
5. Jam Session [2:11]
6. Cemetery Love [7:42]
7. Garage Intruders [4:24]
8. Going in Alone [5:44]
9. The Ball [3:46]
10. Convincing Evidence [5:50]
11. Hearse Chase [6:11]
12. The Picture [5:02]
13. Ambush [3:57]
14. Unable to Follow [3:27]
15. No Escape [2:45]
16. Behind the Door [6:54]
17. Seperated [4:20]
18. The Trap [5:25]
19. Bad Dream [3:06]
20. End Credits [2:38]

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Phantasm 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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13-year-old Mike Pearson has always thought that the Morningside cemetary was creppy,but when he sees a body being taken AWAY from a grave by an undertaker with superhuman strengh,he decides to investigate.What he encounters in Morningside's white-marbled halls include a grisly murder by a flying metal sphere and a horde of mini-monsters who want Mike as one of thier own. Recruiting his older brother Jod and friend Reggie to help,Mike must battle sinister forces and an evil Tall Man who wants world domination. A great movie filled with laughs and horror! Tons of gore and action. Stars Michael Baldwin as Mike and Angus Scrimm as Tall Man
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GOOD OLD SCHOOL FX, GOOD PLOT AND FAST CARS
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite horror series. I can't wait 'till they come out on dvd in April.
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13-year-old Mike Pearson(Michael Baldwin)had always thought that the Morningside cemetery was creepy,but when he sees a body being taken AWAY from a grave by a undertaker with superhuman strenght,he decides to invistigate.What he encounters in Morningside's white-marbled halls include a grisly murder-by a flying metal sphere with a penchant for blood.The evil undertaker,the Tall Man(Angus Scrimm),has little dwarfs for helpers too.These mini-monsters want Mike to be like them and try to catch him.Recruiting his brother Jody(Bill Thronbury)and ice cream vendor fiend Reggie(Reggie Bannister)to help,Mike must go against the odds,and battle the evil Tall Man,to save his friends,his town,and the whole World!But the Tall Man can take the form of others,he lures men to the cemetary by a lady in lavender,they then seduce eachother and then the girl turns into the Tall Man,and stabs the person to death,Jody amosy got killed by that lady,if it wasn't for Mike.A must see for every one!Will scare you.It's the original theatrical version plus 4 minutes of NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Outtakes and a newly remastered Dolby Stereo Soundtrack.Rated R for violence,language,gore,adult content,and brief nude.