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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Steve Shanning
Gen. Leland Copperfield
Scientist Lockland
Scientist Yamaguchi (as Rachel Shane)
Scientist Burke
John Hammil ...
Scientist Talbot
John Scott Clough ...
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Soldier Velazquez
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Scientist Walker


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


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

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Rose McGowan and Liev Schreiber star together in Scream, though they never share a scene in that movie See more »


Everyone goes into the lab and it begins to snow. Jennifer, Lisa, Bryce, and Flyte are the only people left in town. Yet, when Flyte leaves the lab later, there are footprints and tracks in the snow. See more »


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Deputy Wargle: Hey, you want to see somethin'?
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Intelligent, atmospheric and highly under-appreciated.
4 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

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. The first time I saw "Phantoms", I liked it, but didn't think too much of it. Recently deciding to rent it again for the hell of it, this film is so much better than the previous viewing, I mean REALLY good, one of the best Hollywood-produced horror films I've seen in a while, not to mention THE best Dean Koontz adaptation. Joe Chappelle, who's films in the past unfortunately haven't been very good, does an excellent job directing here, delivering a dark & genuinely haunting atmosphere, not to mention great cinematography and a strong visual style. This film proves he's capable of directing a good movie if he's given a strong script. Oh, that brings me to the script, which Koontz penned himself, having been (Quite understandably) disappointed in the previous adaptations, has done an excellent job with the screenplay. Not only is it intelligent and thought-provoking but is also tightly written. When was the last time we got a SMART horror film? OK, there are plenty out there, but not many that Hollywood have made recently, mind you! Performance-wise, everyone does a great job here, especially the creepy Liev Schreiber (scream 2). Special effects are carefully used, few and far between but generally quite good. Once we finally see the creature it's kind of disappointing (I wish they had used the giant winged serpent described in the book) and quite vague. There's some nice gore too.

"Phantoms" is a smart, creepy, underrated horror gem that deserves better than it's gotten and really makes you think.


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