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Phantasm II (1988)

 -  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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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>

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8 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantasma II  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,282,851 (USA)
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Don Coscarelli admits to the following direct influences by Universal during the making of the movie:
  • The illusory style of the first movie was discouraged and a more linear plot line with voice over narrations of various characters was required.


  • No dreams by characters were allowed in the final cut.


  • A female lead had to be added as a love interest for the character of Mike. Actress Paula Irvine was cast in the part.


  • Universal executives wanted to recast both A. Michael Baldwin and Reggie Bannister because they were unknown and had been out of the movie business since the release of the first movie. Don Coscarelli resisted their efforts and was forced to audition A. Michael Baldwin and Reggie Bannister for the opportunity to reprise their roles. In the end, his efforts won him a concession: he was allowed to keep one of the two, but had to replace the other; Coscarelli chose to keep Bannister and cast James Le Gros in Baldwin's place.


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Goofs

The guitar missing from fireplace when Reggie returns for the shotgun; it reappears after he turns the gas on. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Final credit (copyright notice): "...violators will face severe civil and criminal penalties and the wrath of the Tall Man." See more »

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"Booyyy...wait, who the hell are you?"
6 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Tall man and his balls are back (Err, that's not what it sounds like). This time the action is ramped up, the gore is plentiful, and one of the actors has been replaced. Reggie and Mike are out for revenge, and follow the Tall Man across America, with modified guns and a flamethrower. Looks like they're finally going to get to the bottom of the enigma of Phantasm, right? Wrong! What you do get is more flying spheres attacking folk, more weirdness, bigger set pieces, and a lot of fun. It's not quite up to the quality of the first film, but the sequel certainly holds its own. This time Michael's searching for a girl who's been dreaming about The Tall Man, who is getting bolder and emptying entire towns (not to mention the graveyards). It's hard to describe a plot which involves people chasing each other about, but this time our heroes have also got to contend with the Tall Man's assistants (all of whom meet very gory deaths). The film is a lot more linear than the last one, so 'linear' fans might get a kick out of that.


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