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Phantoms (1998)

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150 dead and 350 missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado. And that's only the beginning...

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In the peaceful town of Snowfield, Colorado something evil has wiped out the community. And now, it's up to a group of people to stop it, or at least get out of Snowfield alive. Written by <creep945@aol.com>

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For centuries they told us the terror would come from above. We've been looking the wrong way. See more »


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Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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23 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Dean Koontz's Phantoms  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,065,951 (USA) (23 January 1998)

Gross:

$5,657,370 (USA) (13 February 1998)
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Trivia

The "flatworm theory" used in the movie (that flatworms can eat the remains of their own kind and absorb their knowledge) is based on actual tests given to flatworms which involved seeing how quickly they would make the "correct" turn at a Y-intersection after eating the previous experimenters. The results were more inconclusive than the film says. See more »

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The doctor remarks that the human brain weighs about 6 or 7 pounds. Actually, it is around 3 1/4. See more »

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General Copperfield: The first thing we'd like to know is what we're dealing with, biological, chemical, or other.
Sheriff Hammond: Well, I'm leaning towards other.
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References The Thing (1982) See more »

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Written by William B. Bradbury and Anna B. Warner (as Anna Bartlett Warner)
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Not bad...but should be credited as a remake
18 July 2001 | by (Saint Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This may have been based on a Dean Koontz novel, but Phantoms should acknowledge itself as being an unofficial remake of an old Hammer Studios film, X The Unknown, with which it shares it's main antagonist. The only real difference is that Phantoms lends a more mystical slant to the idea (though primarily just at the beginning of the movie).

As a horror film, this movie is fun...very reminiscent of a good old 50's or 60's horror movie that immediately immerses you in the situation. The one problem with the film is that each character is interesting by themselves, but they don't really gel together that well as a whole. Peter O'Toole is at his quirky best, and Ben Affleck is always enjoyable, so it's really hard to complain about that.

The SFX are okay to middling, but work well with the atmospheric cinematography.

Definitely worth a rent!


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