Phantoms (1998)

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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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Release Date:

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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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 »


The band-aid on Sheriff Hammond's neck changes repeatedly throughout the movie without any way it could have been changed. See more »


Flyte: Show yourself. Gods have nothing to fear. Or, do they?
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Beware that Thing which Lives Forever
13 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Inappropriately titled, like the book itself by Koontz, Phantoms is a surprisingly effective monster movie, especially in the first half. The best monsters are the ones which are very difficult to kill; in addition, these types of monsters can destroy fragile human beings with ease. This is what is confronted here, with humans little more than insects to be crushed and absorbed. Of course, certain insects can cause a lot of damage when they put their minds to it. The atmosphere in the first half hour is very eerie and there's a lot of mystery. You have pretty much an empty town, a couple of young women just arrived, and a couple of bodies - no answers. That gloom & foreboding of doom may not be too difficult to create, but we hardly see it anymore, even in horror films. Even if one has seen this film, however, they may be compelled to watch that first half hour again just to get that sense of doom all over. When some cops show up, things get even worse. Then an entire army shows up and, of course, we think things are under control now, but it makes no difference. At least the pic is consistent with its menace.

This picture was virtually ignored on release and I don't think video has helped it much. When the monster is revealed, it obviously takes away all the suspense built up earlier, but it's still creepy going (without revealing too much, the monster is a more advanced version of a famous one from the fifties; think also along the lines of "The Thing" remake by Carpenter in '82). Writer Koontz was involved in the adaptation, which always seems to help. Actor O'Toole appears around the midway point as the only so-called expert on the creature, all based on conjecture, of course. He lends a bit of gravity to it all, tho I suppose he's slumming here in a 'typical' fright flic. The rest of the younger cast do fine, with Affleck a bit irritating as usual. I'm not sure what Schreiber was aiming at, but he was almost as creepy as the creature. There's a bit of a twist ending, which wasn't really necessary.

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