Phantasm II (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Horror  |  8 July 1988 (USA)
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Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike (as James LeGros)
Ruth C. Engel ...
Mark Anthony Major ...
Rubin Kushner ...
Young Mike (as Michael Baldwin)
Amanda Gray ...
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Elizabeth Quezada ...
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Lauren Gray ...
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Mike is released from psychiatry, when he agrees with the doctors that the terrible happenings in his past were just in his imagination. But once he's free, he contacts Redge and they team up to hunt down and eliminate the "Tall Man", who plunders the graveyards and abducts the sleeping with help of his terrible gnomes. A beautiful strange girl starts to appear in Mike's dreams. He assumes she's in danger and needs their help - will they find her before the Tall Man can do her any harm? Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Release Date:

8 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantasma II  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)


$7,282,851 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops greatly objected upon the movie's release, labeling it "morally offensive." See more »


When the Priest keeps hearing the banging noise, the position of his bottle of Jack Daniels changes. See more »


Reggie: [narrating] Mike tells me that it might take us years to find The Tall Man, and if we do, we'll probably die. Well, maybe. But not without a fight.
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Final credit (copyright notice): "...violators will face severe civil and criminal penalties and the wrath of the Tall Man." See more »


Referenced in Holliston: Suicidal Tendencies (2013) See more »

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Reggie Rules, and LeGros is an Improvement
10 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While it isn't the iconic horror film it's predecessor was, Phantasm II is backed by better production values, a cool apocalyptic premise and a stand-out improvement in James LeGros replacing Baldwin. There is a reason why LeGros has appeared in a great deal more than Baldwin (including a hilarious parody of Brad Pitt in Living in Oblivion) and shows it here in spades. Frankly I feel this was as good or better than the first but the required shock ending that punctuates each of the films in this series has grown tiresome and makes each feel like they do not truly stand on their own as their own experience. Nevertheless, the entire series is original, imaginative and involving. Phantasm II really should have capped off the series with it's big budget backing, as the very next film in the series felt a lot like Alien 3 where the film picks up characters from the second film discarded in a very unfortunate and disappointing manner...but I digress. Phantasm II is solid, quad barrel shotgun monster blasting fun and a must see for monster movie fans everywhere!

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