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Phantasm II (1988)

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Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work.

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Don Coscarelli

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Don Coscarelli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Le Gros ... Mike (as James LeGros)
Reggie Bannister ... Reggie
Angus Scrimm ... The Tall Man
Paula Irvine ... Liz
Samantha Phillips ... Alchemy
Kenneth Tigar ... Father Meyers
Ruth C. Engel Ruth C. Engel ... Grandma
Mark Major ... Mortician (as Mark Anthony Major)
Rubin Kushner Rubin Kushner ... Grandpa
Stacey Travis ... Jeri
J. Patrick McNamara ... Psychologist
A. Michael Baldwin ... Young Mike (as Michael Baldwin)
Amanda Gray Amanda Gray ... Background Player
Elizabeth Quezada Elizabeth Quezada ... Background Player
Lauren Gray Lauren Gray ... Background Player
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Storyline

Mike is released from psychiatry, when he agrees with the doctors that the terrible happenings in his past were just in his imagination. But once he's free, he contacts Redge and they team up to hunt down and eliminate the "Tall Man", who plunders the graveyards and steals the corpses with help of his terrible dwarfs. A beautiful strange girl starts to appear in Mike's dreams. He assumes she's in danger and needs their help - will they find her before the Tall Man can do her any harm? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Terrifying - Relentless - Unstoppable See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantasma II See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,012,285, 10 July 1988

Gross USA:

$7,282,851
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 1h 11 mins) One of the undertakers can be seen filling a plastic bag labeled "Mr. Sam Raimi" with ashes. "Ash" is the name of the character played by Bruce Campbell in the The Evil Dead (1981) series, directed by Sam Raimi. See more »

Goofs

(at around 5 mins) At the beginning, Reggie goes to get his shotgun but it has disappeared. However, when he is surrounded by the large army of Dwarves and he looks at the fireplace, the shotgun is there. See more »

Quotes

Reggie: [narrating] Mike tells me that it might take us years to find The Tall Man, and if we do, we'll probably die. Well, maybe. But not without a fight.
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Crazy Credits

Final credit (copyright notice): "...violators will face severe civil and criminal penalties and the wrath of the Tall Man." See more »

Alternate Versions

When The Tall Man confronts Father Myers he says "You think that when you die, you go to heaven. Go go to us". There are several different alternate takes of The Tall Man confronting Father Myers. In one of the other alternate takes Father Myers calls him "The Devil". The Tall Man replies "Ah, a person from your mythology. Too bad, not even he can help you priest". See more »

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Revenge of the 80's: The sequel!
23 October 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Phantasm II (1988) was a sequel cum remake that was produced by a Hollywood company nine years after the release of the first film. More of a remake than a true sequel. This time armed with a bigger budget and "named" actors, Don Coscerelli and company this time around make a film with mixed results. What could have been a great film turns out to be the first film with a big budget. This time around Reggie and Ice Cream man and the kid (James Le Gros) have been following the "Tall Man" (Angus Scrimm) all around middle America. Everywhere he goes, death follows him. Can Reggie and the kid save the day?

Phantasm II was also plagued by the M.P.A.A. Many of scenes were left on the cutting room floor or were either re-shot with bloodless scenes. I have seen the work print and it was real graphic. Too bad this movie was heavily edited because without them it's just another boring horror film using rehashed material and what not. A shame because this film had such potential.

I didn't like this movie. When it first came out, I was very disappointed with it. The movie just didn't feel right. I felt cheated. Phantasm II was filled with one clichés too many and the actors didn't seem to enjoy themselves. That's what made the first film fun. Thankfully the third film rectify this situation and returned to it's low budget roots. For completists only. Followed by two more sequels.

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