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Tommy Dean Musset,
Don Coscarelli has a knack for seeing the world through the eyes and heart of a young boy. He offers a Peter Pan-esque adventure to men from the boomers to present day, with each generation being introduced to a more innocent time.
The Tall Man, that imposing menace from Morningside Mortuary, is back and once again haunting the thoughts of the now-adult Mike and his friend, ex-Ice Cream vendor Reggie. The two continue their hunt for the mysterious figure and in his path of destruction encounter a variety of dangerous situations, friends and enemies. They also must contend with the resurrected dead plus a growing number of the infamous and deadly silver spheres which aid the Tall Man as he sets his sights on indoctrinating Mike and finishing the fight begun so many years ago. Written by
The first 'Phantasm' was a great start for a series. The 1988 sequel 'Phantasm II' was a satisfying continuation of the universe of the original. But then, like after the first film, the series remained quiet for a few years. The box office returns for II were a bit of a disappointment and critics were merciless in their reviews. But fans don't care much about reviews and despite the first sequel's not making much money, in 1994 series creator Don Coscarelli added another installment to the series and thank goodness for that. I love the second one, but was even more pleased with this one.
Pros: The cast and their performances are strong. Some humor is added to the mix, a bit more than before, and for the most part it works. The best score since the original. Nice make-up and special effects. Though a bit lacking in the scare department, there are still a few things to give you the chills. Pace is quick. Some beautiful shots of the Midwestern landscape. We get to see more into the Tall Man's scheme. A few pretty exciting action sequences, like the car chase near the end. A return to the bizarre, almost dreamlike tone of the first film.
Cons: Still some unanswered questions. Again the final frame is a copy of the one in the first movie.
Final thoughts: I don't get all the hate for this movie, I think it's pretty darn cool, but hey to each his own. The first two are great and this one helps keep it being a great little series that hopefully will continue for at least another sequel. 'Phantasm: Oblivion' is not terrible, but it's far from a satisfying conclusion. But more on that later.
My rating: 4.5/5
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