Phantasm II (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Horror  |  8 July 1988 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 9,008 users  
Reviews: 99 user | 77 critic

Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mike and Reggie continue to hunt the mysterious Tall Man.

Director: Don Coscarelli
Stars: Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Taking off immediately where the last one ended, in this episode Mike travels across dimensions and time fleeing from the Tall Man, at the same time he tries to find the origins of his ... See full summary »

Director: Don Coscarelli
Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury
Phantasm (1979)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

Director: Don Coscarelli
Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again.

Director: Tony Randel
Stars: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Comedy | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.

Director: Don Coscarelli
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce
Pumpkinhead (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A man conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.

Director: Stan Winston
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D'Aquino
From Beyond (1986)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

On the night of Halloween, 10 teens decide to go to a party at an abandoned funeral parlor. "Hull House", rumored to be built on an evil patch of land & underground stream, is the place. ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Tenney
Stars: Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Hal Havins
The Burning (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam
Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer
Demons (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of people are trapped in a large movie theater in West Berlin that is infected by ravenous demons who proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.

Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director: Dan O'Bannon
Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa

The final installment of the long running Phantasm series.

Director: David Hartman
Stars: Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Kathy Lester


Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike (as James LeGros)
Ruth C. Engel ...
Mark Anthony Major ...
Rubin Kushner ...
Young Mike (as Michael Baldwin)
Amanda Gray ...
Background Player
Elizabeth Quezada ...
Background Player
Lauren Gray ...
Background Player


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Ball Is Back! See more »


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

8 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantasma II  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)


$7,282,851 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


For the filming of the prologue sequence, Reggie Bannister dyed his hair black in order to look as young as he was during the last scene of Phantasm (1979), filmed 10 years before. See more »


When the large sphere attacks the assistant in the morgue (in his back), he flails a lot against the wall in the corner, but no blood is left there even though there are gaping wounds. See more »


[Reggie revs up his chainsaw, about to take on one of the Tall Man's henchmen]
Reggie: Come on, you mutha!
See more »

Crazy Credits

With the exception of the title Phantasm II, there are no opening credits. See more »


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

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
PHANTASM'S END Script - Link to download Gabaldon
Mr. Sam Raimi dearbornzombie
Fans in NY area - UPDATED 35mm Screening 12/1/12! butcherofbakersfield
First Time Watching ftrojans2014
The Ending question sburt4-831-484347
Discuss Phantasm II (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: