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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike (as James LeGros)
... Reggie
... The Tall Man
... Liz
... Alchemy
... Father Meyers
Ruth C. Engel ... Grandma
... Mortician (as Mark Anthony Major)
Rubin Kushner ... Grandpa
... Jeri
... Psychologist
... Young Mike (as Michael Baldwin)
Amanda Gray ... Background Player
Elizabeth Quezada ... Background Player
Lauren Gray ... Background Player
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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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For ten years the secret of Perigord Cemetery has remained a mystery. Now the ultimate evil is about to be revealed. See more »


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8 July 1988 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,012,285, 10 July 1988

Gross USA:

$7,282,851
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The first Phantasm film in the series to be distributed by Universal Pictures. See more »

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(at around 35 mins) When the Priest keeps hearing the banging noise, the position of his bottle of Jack Daniels changes. See more »

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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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Best Horror Movie Ever?
28 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Phantasm II, with its robed, evil midgets and flying mini-saw wielding spheres, is a film that delivers the goods. We've got a chainsaw dual, cool characters in the Reg-man, Mike, and the Tall Man, and a hell of a lot of action!! Right from the opening title when you hear the atmospheric theme (which is amazing by the way), the tone is set and you know you're in for something special.

With the help of some dark and fantastical imagery, the story is laid out. Mike and Reggie are hunting down the Tall Man, a mysterious undertaker from another world who plunders graveyards and carts the dead off to be crushed into evil slave midgets. The movie strikes a chord with some of its imagery, especially those of embalming. What better way to be reminded of your mortality than to see a cadaver having his mouth sewn shut, and later another being drained of his blood and pumped with chemicals? Perhaps the Tall Man sums it up best when he says, "You think when you die you go to heaven? You come to US!!" It may make you uncomfortable to think about such things, but that is the point, at least partially.

Don't get up to get a beer on this one either. The movie has such a quick pace, you'll be left behind and might miss one of the many memorable scenes: Reggie and Mike walking through an empty graveyard, Father Meyer's encounter with a sphere, the quad-barreled shotgun, or the aforementioned chainsaw dual!!

All in all, Phantasm II is a film that surpasses its predecessor (itself a classic) and takes you on a 90-minute roller-coaster ride. It's fun, action-packed, and above all, highly entertaining.


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