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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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 ...
Scientist Shane
Soldier Velazquez
William Hahn ...
Scientist Borman
Robert Himber ...
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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dean Koontz's Phantoms  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Flyte: Show yourself. Gods have nothing to fear. Or, do they?
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References The Thing (1982) See more »


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User Reviews

Not the awful movie everybody says
15 December 2004 | by (Bergamo, Italy) – See all my reviews

First of all a consideration: you are in a town besieged by an unknown entity, you are not a cop, but a girl. You hear a noise in a room that should be absolutely empty. Do you turn around slowly and slowly go to look what made that noise? HELL NO! You run away screaming like hell, find a fire weapon and annihilate anything you see. Said this, let's talk about movie.

The concept is really cute and the casting is good, but the characters are "thrown" in the story with no background and this can be a fault... The scaring parts are really predictable: music slowly increasing, than stops like "hm everything's alright" then "BAAAW!" someone or something pops out. I could turn the volume down every time there was a scary noise part in time :-)

The ending is also a bit poor and with the classic "I'll be back!" style.

However, not less than 6/10

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