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Phantasm II (1988)

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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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The only Phantasm film in the series to be distributed by Universal Pictures. See more »


When Mike is in the room with the female cadaver, after he looks at the girl and walks back towards the door one of her legs moves when she's supposed to be dead. This happens just before the camera shot is fully on Mike by the door. See more »


[Reggie revs up his chainsaw, about to take on one of the Tall Man's henchmen]
Reggie: Come on, you mutha!
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Very amusing despite the plot flaws
25 December 1998 | by (Pasadena,CA) – See all my reviews

I saw "Phantasm II" before watching any of the other Phantasm movies, and despite its shortcomings, it converted me into a fan of the series. While it has an effective atmosphere and an interesting array of characters, the plot certainly could have been more carefully written. There is one part where Mike risks his life handling a very dangerous flying sphere and uses it as a key to open some weird door, but the movie fails to show the purpose of opening that door. Sure, it shows you what lies behind the door, but that's it! Mike and his friends don't really do anything in there! Also, the Tall Man goes through the trouble of luring Liz into a trap, but he just throws her against a wall once he catches her. If Liz was such a threat to his evil plans (as the plot asserts), then wouldn't the Tall Man want to make sure she's dead? Still, when you have a couple psychics, an ex-ice cream vendor, a mysterious hitchhiker, an army of dwarves, flying spheres and a rather omnipotent--and scary-looking--old guy called the Tall Man rolled into one picture, the movie promises to be interesting, and it delivers for the most part.

Compared to the other Phantasm movies, I liked "Phantasm II" better than "Phantasm III" and "Phantasm: Oblivion," but it's not quite as good as the original Phantasm.

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