A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.
Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a werewolf who longs for the war to end.
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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
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 »
Almost Ten Years Had Passed...But the Tall Man Was Waiting!
Director Don Coscarelli waited almost ten years to do the sequel to Phantasm and made a quality, eerie, action-packed sequel. Phantasm II picks up where the first Phantasm left off: Reggie and Mike being terrorized by the Tall Man. This film opens with an exciting exit from that house and Reggie and Mike vow to take care of the Tall Man and fight his evil ways. Mike, throughout, has a mental connection with Liz
they both seem to have extra powers that attract the Tall man to
them. Well Reggie and Mike go to Oregon on their journey to stop the Tall man, hook up with Liz, and , well, you guessed it battle Angus Scrimm and his legions of brown hooded dwarfs, and two young morticians with penchants for embalming and burning. This is filled with action sequences and all the stuff in it that made the first Phantasm so popular: the metal spheres with the cutting blades(doing some terrifically bloody work here), the passage to the netherworld where the dwarfs work tirelessly for the Tall Man, and Scrimm of course with a few choice lines and that foreboding appearance. We also get chainsaws, embalming fluid by the quarts, and some real bloody scenes. Scrimm is great and I don't know that I have ever seen an actor like him milk a role for an entire career as well as he. He definitely has that look. The male leads are played by James LeGros as Mike(he is acceptable) and Reggie Bannister as Reg is back again. I love this character as Reggie plays "everyman." He is the atypical horror hero. Bannister is a lot of fun in the film. Paula Irvine is luscious Liz, a beautiful blonde trying to escape the clutches of the Tall Man and leggy Samantha Phillips is along for the ride(actually she gets several rides in this film). Coscarelli paces the film wonderfully. The special effects are quite good for their time and some of the scenes are playing for laughs and genuine frights. The cemetery, the morgue, the casket room, and the crematorium were all done up with his eerie flair and make Phantasm II a much stronger horror film. While perhaps not as on edge-of-your-seat as the original, this sequel is darn close. I had a lot of fun watching it and look forward to seeing the remainder of the films in the Phantasm cycle.
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