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Phantasm II -- The ultimate evil - the Tall Man of Phantasm - returns in this terrifying horror film about the relentless and unstoppable mortician on an even more sinister murderous rampage.
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Writer (WGA):
Don Coscarelli (written by)
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Release Date:
8 July 1988 (USA) See more »
Now, the horrifying truth is about to be revealed...and all it took was a little digging. See more »
Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Le Gros ... Mike (as James LeGros)

Reggie Bannister ... Reggie

Angus Scrimm ... The Tall Man

Paula Irvine ... Liz

Samantha Phillips ... Alchemy

Kenneth Tigar ... Father Meyers
Ruth C. Engel ... Grandma
Mark Anthony Major ... Mortician
Rubin Kushner ... Grandpa

Stacey Travis ... Jeri

J. Patrick McNamara ... Psychologist

A. Michael Baldwin ... Young Mike (as Michael Baldwin)
Amanda Gray ... Background Player
Elizabeth Quezada ... Background Player
Lauren Gray ... Background Player

June Jordan ... Background Player
Megan Gibbons ... Background Player
Craig Murkey ... Background Player
Amanda Gibbons ... Background Player

Troy Fromin ... Background Player
Georgeanna Valdez ... Background Player
Guy Alford ... Background Player
Irene Korman ... Background Player
Ricky Murkey ... Background Player

Katie Carlin ... Background Player
Delia Ortega ... Background Player
Lee Craig ... Background Player
Ramona Ortega ... Background Player
Richard F. Berry ... Background Player
Patrick W. Allen ... Background Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Phil Fondacaro ... Hooded dwarf (uncredited)

Ed Gale ... Hooded dwarf (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Coscarelli 
Writing credits
Don Coscarelli (written by)

Produced by
Dac Coscarelli .... executive producer
Robert Del Valle .... associate producer
Roberto A. Quezada .... producer
Original Music by
Fred Myrow 
Christopher L. Stone 
Cinematography by
Daryn Okada 
Film Editing by
Peter Teschner 
Casting by
Betsy Fels  (as Elizabeth Miller Fels)
Production Design by
Philip Duffin  (as Philip J.C. Duffin)
Art Direction by
Byrnadette DiSanto  (as Byrnadette Di Santo)
Set Decoration by
Dominic Wymark 
Costume Design by
Carla Gibbons 
Makeup Department
David P. Barton .... special makeup effects constructor (as David Barton)
Everett Burrell .... special makeup effects constructor
Kevin Hudson .... additional special effects makeup
Melanie A. Kay .... makeup artist
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects constructor
Jim McPherson .... special makeup effects constructor
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects constructor (as Gregory Nicotero)
Mark Shostrom .... designer and creator: special makeup effects
Greg Smith .... special makeup effects constructor
Edward Wada .... assistant makeup artist
Toby Sells .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Del Valle .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Brent Connell .... first assistant director
Richard J. Levin .... second second assistant director
Andrew Reeder .... second assistant director
Roberto A. Quezada .... second unit director (uncredited)
Mark Shostrom .... co-director second unit: special makeup effects sequences (uncredited)
Art Department
Aram Allan .... carpenter
Michael Andersenn .... carpenter
William Scott Anderson .... scenics
Claudia Andradi .... scenics
John Argentin .... greensman
Regina Argentine .... scenic artist (as Regina Argentin)
Kelly Benningfield .... scenics
Will Blount .... property master
Tom Brown .... carpenter
Mark Colivet .... scenics
Kristen Deem .... storyboard artist
Jonathan Doff .... carpenter
John Joseph Duffin .... assistant art director
Hector Escrafani .... carpenter
Daniel Espinoza .... carpenter
Elliot Fite .... scenics
Jamie Forks .... carpenter
Mark Forsythe .... carpenter
Keith Greco .... carpenter
Paul Greenstein .... scenics
Bernard Griesz .... carpenter (as Rocky Grisez)
Keith Hill .... carpenter
Smokey Hormel .... scenics
Kenton Jones .... best boy scenic
Paul Kowalczyk .... set dresser
Linda LeClerg .... assistant property master
Jon McCallum .... set dresser
Todd McEwan .... scenics
Mitch Morrison .... set dresser
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator
Barbara Pickels .... scenics
Duane Poulin .... carpenter
Joseph Ressa .... construction coordinator
H. Christopher Roy .... carpenter
Don G. Smith .... carpenter
Martin Sullivan .... carpenter
Leslie Weimer .... scenics
Marshall Wolf .... scenics
Sound Department
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer
Izak Ben-Meir .... sound mixer
Vincent Connelly .... sound editor (as Vincent L. Connelly)
Jim Cook .... sound re-recording mixer (as James R. Cook)
Robert Friedman .... foley artist
Jonathan Fuh .... boom operator
David W. Gray .... dolby consultant
Darrell Hall .... assistant sound editor
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Heffernan .... adr editor
Alan Howarth .... sound designer
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Stanley Paul .... sound editor
John Post .... foley artist
Alan Potter .... sound editor
Richard Raderman .... foley editor
Michael P. Redbourn .... supervising sound editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Mike Thornton .... apprentice sound editor
Jack Woods .... sound editor
Dan Yale .... sound editor (as Daniel Yale)
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects
Bert Davidson .... special effects assistant: sphere
Linda Drake .... opticals: Motion Opticals (as Linda Obalil)
Robert E. McCarthy .... wire effects (as Robert McCarthy)
Greg Nicotero .... special effects crew (as Gregory Nicotero)
Steve Patino .... silver sphere effects
D. Kerry Prior .... motion control model designer (as Kerry Prior)
Eric Beauchamp .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Steve Cotroneo .... sphere effects technician (uncredited)
Greg R. Stone .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ken Tarallo .... model creator (uncredited)
Mike Tristano .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
James Balsam .... motion control photography: Dream Quest Images
Michael Bigelow .... motion control supervisor: Dream Quest Images (as Mike Bigelow)
Carl Hannigan .... laser effects
Paul Hettler .... effects producer
Patric Kenly .... animation cameraman (as Pat Kenly)
Justin Klarenbeck .... visual effects supervisor: Dream Quest Images
Pat O'Neill .... additional visual effects: Lookout Mountain
Michael Talarico .... motion control photography: Dream Quest Images
George Muhs .... visual effects (uncredited)
Bob Brown .... stunt player
Mike De Luna .... stunt player (as Michael DeLuna)
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt player (as John Epstein)
Phil Fondacaro .... stunt player
Ed Gale .... stunt player
Solly Marx .... stunt player (as Solly Marxs)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt player (as Ernie Orsatti)
Lori Lynn Ross .... stunt player
Susan Rossitto .... stunt player (as Sue Rossitto)
Lynn Salvatori .... stunt player
Rick Seaman .... stunt player
Felix Silla .... stunt player
John Stewart .... stunt player
Harry Wowchuk .... stunt player
Pascal M. Guillemard .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Karen Edmundson Bean .... gaffer
Stephen Robb Bradshaw .... second assistant camera
Davie Carothers .... additional assistant camera
Ralph Coon .... electrician
Brian Coyne .... best boy electrician
Kevin Dean .... grip (as Kevin Lew Dean)
Pascal M. Guillemard .... electrician (as Pascal Guillemard)
Zoltan Gyulai .... additional assistant camera
Roxanne Hernandez .... second assistant camera
Shane Hurlbut .... grip (as L. Shane Hurlbut)
Peter Iovino .... still photographer
Kenji Luster .... additional assistant camera
Marie Pedersen .... first assistant camera
Michael E. Rosenberger .... electrician
Michael Stocks .... best boy
Terry Wimmer .... key grip
Patric J. Abaravich .... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... electrician (uncredited)
Roberto A. Quezada .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Robert Wheaton .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Christopher Sherman .... casting coordinator (as Chris Sherman)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Domínguez .... costumer
Editorial Department
Scott Laster .... additional editor
Tracy McMurray .... assistant editor
Ray Morfino .... color timer
Keith H. Sauter .... assistant editor (as Keith Sauter)
Virgil E. Hammond III .... post-production (uncredited)
Scott Magill .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Don Sanders .... music editor
Nick Vidar .... music engineer (uncredited)
Nick Vidar .... music programmer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James Capece .... picture car coordinator
Anthony E. Smith .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Guy Alford .... production assistant
Catherine Beller .... production assistant
Robert Calderon .... assistant to controller
Harriet Cheng .... production assistant
Curt Covert .... production assistant
Robert Earl Craft .... location scout (as Bob Craft)
Michael Curtis .... production assistant
Kristen Deem .... unit publicist
Mary DeMarle .... production assistant
Elizabeth Fitzmaurice .... assistant to executive producer (as Betsy Fitzmaurice)
Michael H. Friedlander .... production assistant (as Michael Friedlander)
Troy Fromin .... craft service
Lynnette Garris .... production administrator
Kevin King .... financial controller
Joelle Mitchell .... production assistant
Lou Ann Quast .... continuity supervisor
John Root .... production assistant
Eddie Salmon .... production coordinator
John Stolfi .... production coordinator
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Timothy S. Wiles .... location manager (as Timothy Sean Wiles)
Kurt Woolner .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Michael Yeaman .... assistant to producer
Sean Hoessli .... production assistant (uncredited)

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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A love scene between Liz and Mike with them appearing in different locations throughout was filmed, but cut from the final version of the movie because it didn't work.See more »
Continuity: At the beginning, Reggie goes to get his shotgun but it has disappeared. However, when he is surrounded by the large army of Dwarves and he looks at the fireplace, the shotgun is there.See more »
[the Tall Man is planning to inject Liz with embalming fluid, which Reggie has spiked with acid]
[the Tall Man glances up]
Mike:Suck on this!
[Mike releases a captured silver sphere, which flies directly to the Tall Man's head and inserts a drill into the front of his skull. A yellowish fluid flies from the back of the sphere, but after it stops, the Tall Man rips the sphere from his head & crushes it like a beer can]
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
An action sequel, 15 January 2006
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

In the tradition of other horror movie franchises, Phantasm takes the action route for this sequel. The horror and sci-fi are still there but there's more combat, stuff blowing-up and gore than there was before. I suppose it does keep things fresh but it does get a bit too tongue-in-cheek sometimes. Kinda like Evil Dead II, I'm not sure if this really fits in with the tone set by the first film.

Phantasm II begins right after where the first film left off. The freaky dwarfs have invaded Mike's home and Reggie must foil the Tall Man's attempts at kidnapping him. Flash forward seven years and Mike is in a mental institution. He is released upon admitting that the whole Phantasm experience was made up only to find that in his absence the Tall Man has been plundering many of America's small towns and thousands of graves are empty.

After the Tall Man kills Reggie's family in a gas explosion, Reg teams up with Mike to hunt him down and kick his head in...again. All they have to do is follow the trail of dead people, right? And this time they are ready for whatever outlandish tricks he's ready to play on them, armed to the teeth with quadruple-barrelled shotguns, flame-throwers and chainsaws. Complicating matters are Mike's inexplicable visions of the future and psychic connections to a mysterious girl he has never met before.

As before, the Tall Man is the best thing in the film. Angus Scrimm is so wonderfully silent and unholy that no matter how slick and entertaining the rest of the film is he'll come out on top.

Don Coscarelli was given a budget 10 times that of the original by Universal, but they did interfere with production quite a lot, much to his annoyance. They said that only one of the original cast members could return, so he chose Reggie Bannister and re-cast Mike with James LeGros (after turning down Brad Pitt!). It does kind of ruin the continuity a bit but it's not terribly distracting.

They also demanded a more simple and linear story, so don't expect any of the bizarre dream sequences and flashbacks. If you're a big fan of the first this might seem disappointing but you know how studios love to think less of their audiences.

The higher budget helps Phantasm to have a bigger scope than the original. The first half of the film feels like a road movie with lots of pretty scenery while the rest is kind of like a low-rent Ghostbusters/Lost Boys clone. Which sounds like a negative point, but the hokey tone of the film vanishes when it heads off into HP Lovecraft territory.

If you're looking for answers as to what the first film was all about then you won't find many. In fact it raises more questions than anything else. But it's still a fun ride. I'm just kind of annoyed that the music took the more generic synth approach that was common in the 80's instead of the funky 70's beats we got before. The main Phantasm theme is still there for your enjoyment however and gets a great finish on the end credits.

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