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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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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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For ten years the secret of Perigord Cemetery has remained a mystery. Now the ultimate evil is about to be revealed. See more »


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8 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantasma II  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,282,851 (USA)
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The film's $3 million budget was 10 times larger than that of Phantasm (1979) and the biggest one in the entire series. See more »

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

Quotes

[Mike & Liz are in the back of a hearse after escaping the mortuary & the Tall Man. Reggie has just been attacked by Alchemy in the hearse's front & thrown out of the car]
Mike: One minute... we're gonna wake up. This is only a dream.
Liz: That's right... it's only a dream!
[the barrier to the hearse front suddenly slides down. The Tall Man is sitting at the wheel and glaring back at them]
The Tall Man: No! It's not!
[the back window breaks, and Mike & Liz are pulled out by the Tall Man's dwarf zombies]
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Confused and incoherent but I do like the final battle
16 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Liz Reynolds (Paula Irvine) has visions of Mike (James Le Gros), the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and his minions. She puts it all in her book as she wishes for Mike's help. Mike lies his way out of the psychiatric hospital. He goes to dig up his parents' bodies but Reggie (Reggie Bannister) explains that the story of the attack was made up. Mike finds all the bodies in the cemetery missing. Reggie drives home with Mike and his house explodes killing his entire family. Reggie and Mike go hunting for The Tall Man and they pick up hitchhiker Alchemy (Samantha Phillips). Meanwhile Liz's grandfather dies and The Tall Man confronts Liz. Father Meyers (Kenneth Tigar) presides over the funeral and later does battle with The Tall Man.

The attempt to show the world of Phantasm in the first part of the movie is a complete failure. It is confused and undecipherable. More importantly, it is probably unnecessary. There has got to be an easier way to bring Liz in with Mike. She could have easily been in one of the confrontations on the long road to find the Tall Man. They picked up Alchemy on the road. There is no reason why they couldn't have rescued Liz somewhere along the way. The first half is just a mess. It continues to be a mess but at least the second half has more fun as the group battles the Tall Man with the flying spheres. That is fun and interesting. It doesn't alleviate the fact that this is an incoherent story.


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