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Synopsis

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.~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • A. Michael Baldwin
  • Bill Thornbury
  • Reggie Bannister
  • Kathy Lester
  • Terrie Kalbus
  • Kenneth V. Jones
  • Susan Harper
  • Lynn Eastman-Rossi
  • David Arntzen
  • Ralph Richmond

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The dwarves were played by children.
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Goofs

  • (at around 41 mins) When the finger-turned-bug flies out of the garbage disposal and passes Reggie's head, the string used to pull the bug is visible.
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Quotes

    • The Tall Man: You play a good game, boy, but the game is finished. Now you die.
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Metacritic

100

What makes Phantasm special is the way it captures a boy's life in 1978. [Remastered]

Metacritic review by Jeremiah Kipp
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
63

There is one thing you can say for the new horror film Phantasm (at the York): it certainly has its moment. [5 May 1979]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
63

Phantasm remains a pretty effective fright fest.

Metacritic review by Soren Andersen
Soren Andersen
The Seattle Times