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Phantoms (1998)

One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning.

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(novel) (as Dean Koontz), (screenplay) (as Dean Koontz)
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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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John Hammil ...
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John Scott Clough ...
Scientist Shane
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William Hahn ...
Scientist Borman
Robert Himber ...
Scientist Walker
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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) (25 January 1998)

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$5,657,370 (USA) (15 February 1998)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The spare tire on the back of Jenny's white Jeep disappears and reappears numerous times while driving into Snowfield. See more »

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Timothy Flyte: I used to believe that any theory, once published with supporting evidence, then became open to discussion and debate. But I've learned how envious, vindictive, and vicious the academic community can be; they're swine. Polite swine, but swine nonetheless. Convincing the world fairly to consider a new idea takes patience, perseverance, and a willingness to fight the good fight in any media forum one can find.
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Jesus Loves Me
Performed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
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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