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

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Release Date:

23 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Dean Koontz's Phantoms  »

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Opening Weekend:

$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 »


The movie takes place in the fictional town of "Snowfield", Colorado, but several signs visible on the street (i.e. at 8:50) are marked "Georgetown", the name of the real-life town where the movie was filmed. See more »


Sheriff Bryce Hammond: All right, enough.
Sheriff Bryce Hammond: Enough! It's not a god, it's not a devil. It's just a fucking animal, and any living thing can be killed.
Timothy Flyte: But this thing is what wiped out the dinosaurs! Which were pretty tough fucking customers!
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High expectations give a good movie a bad wrap
10 November 2001 | by (Charleston, WV) – See all my reviews

Anyone who has read Dean Koontz's novel can appreciate what I have to say here. The book was absolutely amazing. I started it and absolutely could not put it down. The suspense was killing me. I read it over and over and...you get the idea. I had no idea that a movie was made of it until I was REALLY bored with looking through the New-Releases at Blockbuster, trying to find a good horror flick. Mind you, that is almost an impossible task these days. Anyways, I started browsing the horror section when the word Phantoms jumped out at me. This peaked my curiosity, so I picked it up and, sure enough, it was based on my favorite horror novel. So, I rented it and was expecting something mind-blowing. Well, that wasn't exactly what I got. I got an EXTREMELY chopped up version of a great book where my favorite parts were cut. I was so disappointed and decided that I hated the movie. Later, a friend came over and had rented some movies. Phantoms was in the mix. He had never seen it, so I didn't want to ruin it for him by saying no. So, I watched it again, and his reaction was pure excitement throughout the entire flick. He loved it and wanted to watch it again. At this point, I was up for it just to see what HIS fuss was all about. If I were in his shoes and had never read the novel (forgive me for saying that), I would have loved it too. It really was good. Word of advice: DO NOT READ THE BOOK FIRST! You will miss out on what could be a great horror movie experience for you.

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