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Phantoms (1998)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  23 January 1998 (USA)
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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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Deputy Steve Shanning
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Gen. Leland Copperfield
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Scientist Lockland
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Scientist Yamaguchi (as Rachel Shane)
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Soldier Velazquez (as Michael Delorenzo)
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Scientist Borman
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Scientist Walker
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 lizard that the creature's "tissue sample" takes the form of is a leopard gecko. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Copperfield: Just what is this thing?
Flyte: Chaos, chaos in the flesh.
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Referenced in Balto: Wolf Quest (2002) See more »

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Why are these people in this movie?

I admit that I've never read a Dean Koontz book, but I have nothing against the horror genre. I watched this movie mainly because Peter O'Toole is in it, and I also like Rose McGowan for her edgy roles.

I was impressed, but not in a good way, by three things. First, the cinematography was awful. Badly shot, it had special effects that looked like special effects instead of being part of the movie. The whole thing looked amateurish, as if it was shot to be a CBS after-school movie (was it?)

Secondly, the dialogue and it's delivery was very weak. The lines were delivered as if they were the best words ever to be said on screen and not part of the dialogue, which would have been a better choice. In short, it came across over-acted. Very strange considering there is some real talent in this one.

The last thing is the story. Not to slam Koontz - maybe it's not his error- but there doesn't seem to be any consistency or reasoning in the characters. Why is Shreiber's character such a happy goof in the face of such danger? No reason. Why are McGowan's and Going's characters able to pick up shotguns and shoot them like they've been using them all their lives? No reason. For that matter, how is a dentist able to calmly give an autopsy on a gory, faceless corpse that has just been brutally murdered by a supernatural force? no reason. Why not, I guess...

This movie left me wondering why it was made so poorly, and more importantly why, in 1998, when most of these actors had decent careers, did they choose to be in this garbage?


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