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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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8 July 1988 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,282,851 (USA)
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After a time lapse of approximately 10 years, the project of a sequel to Phantasm (1979) was green lighted and got financed by Universal Pictures mainly because one of the main executives at the Studio was a big fan of Horror movies as well as being Coscarelli's former attorney. See more »

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When the Priest keeps hearing the banging noise, the position of his bottle of Jack Daniels changes. See more »

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[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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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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One of those rare cases of a superior sequel
21 March 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It has been over a year since I saw Phantasm. I've seen hundreds of horror films since then, but Phantasm was not an easy one to forget so it wasn't to hard to get back into the rhythm of Don Coscarelli's world.

Before jumping ahead seven years, Phantasm II picks up moments after the first ended, which is a pretty bizarre place. My one complaint about Phantasm was that the ending made no sense, and felt like a kick in the teeth. The sequel rationalizes it a bit, but there is still much to explain. However before long you, get into the rhythm of the film and go with it. Michael (now 19) has just left a re-hab centre where he spent the last seven years receiving treatment for his 'apparent' paranoid delusions of the Tallman. Needless to say, he still believes in what he saw, so after he gets out, he teams up with is middle aged buddy Reggie, and the two arm themselves to the teeth and hit the highway to track down the Tallman, who is still on the loose pilaging graveyards. Along the way they team up with Mike's girl Elizabeth, whom he hasn't seen in years. The Tallman is their mutual enemy.

Because this is a sequel, less time is needed for exposition and more time can be dedicated to the chase. While some things haven't changed, (the special effects are still cheesy, and the acting is sub par) There is a more breezy (and subsequently gory) sense of goofy fun to Phantasm II. It certainly hints that it doesn't take itself seriously, and even throws in a little humour. Film Buffs will crack up at one particular moment which pays a sick homage to Sam Raimi.

Few horror franchises offer a second which is superior to the first, The Alien, and Halloween series are among them, and so is Phantasm. As for Phantasm III, I have yet to find out, but I'm eager.


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