Elvis Presley and a black "JFK" stay in a nursing home where nothing happens - until a wayward Egyptian mummy comes and sucks out the old people's souls thru their a-holes. The two decide to fight back.
A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.
Mike, a young teenage boy who has just lost his parents, afraid to lose his brother follow him to a funeral, where Mike witnesses the Tall Man lifting a coffin on his own. Mike decides to investigate, and discovers that the Tall Man, protected by his flying spheres, is shrinking dead bodies down to half their normal size and reanimating them as slaves. It is then up to Mike, his brother, and Reggie the ice cream man to stop the Tall man.
(at around 3 mins) At the beginning of the movie when Mike is joy riding on his motorcycle through the cemetery, the tracks of the trailer towing the motorcycle are visible in the grass behind him. See more »
There's this door down here, and I bet there's something behind it.
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The cable TV version has a extra text in the credits that reads "enter the Tall Man's Mausoleum if you dare at www.phantasm.com" See more »
New Line/Image Collector's Edition laserdisc features a separate section with one deleted scene (struck from a what appears to be a work print as there is no music and sound is limited to dialogue only). The scene has Mike telling big brother Jody about weird goings-on he has witnessed at the cemetery. Jody then gets Mike drunk and takes him to Reggie's ice cream parlor, where they start a food fight. Then it cuts to a scene the next day where Jody stops by the bank where he works and visits his girlfriend. See more »
I'll cut right to the chase. If you're looking for killer-jawas, horrible acting, a non-existent story and bad special effects, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better way to fill that void than watching Phantasm. The lone positive aspect of this movie for me was the "tall man" character. He's not the most imposing villain to be found but there was something creepy about him anyway. So to the films credit, they at least got that part right.
The films biggest flaw for me was that I honestly didn't care what happened to any of the main characters throughout the duration of the movie. Our "hero" for example spends the first half of the movie trying to repress his inner "Peeping Tom" and the latter half trying to figure out the weak plot like the rest of us.
Don't get me wrong here, I adore old-school and even obscure horror movies. I'll watch just about everything from tongue-in-cheek'ers like "Killer clowns from outer space" to classics like "Psycho". Unfortunately, the only reaction this movie got out of me were laughs due to some of the poor edits, effects and those aforementioned evil Jawas.
It's a skipper.
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