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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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Don Coscarelli admits to the following direct influences by Universal during the making of the movie:
  • The illusory style of the first movie was discouraged and a more linear plot line with voice over narrations of various characters was required.
  • No dreams by characters were allowed in the final cut.
  • A female lead had to be added as a love interest for the character of Mike. Actress Paula Irvine was cast in the part.
  • Universal executives wanted to recast both A. Michael Baldwin and Reggie Bannister because they were unknown and had been out of the movie business since the release of the first movie. Don Coscarelli resisted their efforts and was forced to audition A. Michael Baldwin and Reggie Bannister for the opportunity to reprise their roles. In the end, his efforts won him a concession: he was allowed to keep one of the two, but had to replace the other; Coscarelli chose to keep Bannister and cast James Le Gros in Baldwin's place.
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Goofs

At 1:10 minutes in, when Reggie drills a hole in the mortuary door, the drill is spinning in reverse instead of forward. See more »

Quotes

Mike: I want to stop him.
Reggie: The Tall Man? That story about me blowing up my own house because it was infested with midgets. Mike, that wasn't real. Your doctor said that it was your own paranoid delusions caused by your brother's death.
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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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probably the best in the best horror series ever!!!
19 January 2001 | by KrowbOySee all my reviews

I can't explain in words how much I love the Phantasm series. Each film is a direct continuation of the last and each time we get answers to questions about The Tall Man while at the same time more are being asked. Phantasm II is probably my fave in the series not because of the action (most phans say it's the most action packed but I think part III holds that honor) but really this is the only one where Reggie and Mike are side by side and in my opinion thats why it's the best (in all the others Reggie being the horn dog he is is trying to find mike AND get laid...which is still cool). I can't believe that no other phans have mentioned how much Phantasm II mirrors Evil Dead 2 (I know they've had to notice it) that however is not a problem cause right next to the Phantasm series is the Evil Dead series. Just look at it and you will see what I'm talking about. Phantasm II follows Evil Dead 2 by going into comedy at times, others have complained that Phantasm III had comedy but they for some reason they forget II did also....it just wasn't as campy but still was funny, like when Reggie beat a dwarf creature into pieces by going crazy on it with the end of a shot gun or the look on his face when Alchemy is riding him and smacks him on top of his head and when he pulls a chainsaw on the graver at the end only for the graver to pull out a really LONG chainsaw...and of course just about everything Reggie says is funny. And like Ash getting equipped with his chainsaw in ED 2 Reggie gets his now trademark 4-barrel shotgun, and the scene where the mortician gets a sphere in his back and bounces all over the room makes me think of ED 2. But believe me Phantasm II is not a copy cat of ED 2. It still has some creepy stuff in it like the scene where the grandfather is getting his mouth sewn up. But this movie screams atmosphere more than anything, with it's great score and visual style really helping to push that home. All the actors give great performances and The Tall Man is the ultimate villain thanks to a great creepy performance by Angus Scrimm...all he's gotta do is twitch an eyebrow. Also the scene where the priest gets it is really cool (you can tell that the MPAA made them trim it though but thats just my opinion). But I think what really separates this horror series from most is that in almost all the other you root for Freddy, Jason, or Michael Myers and even though I love The Tall Man (God bless you Mr. Scrimm) Reggie is without a doubt THE man. Some people may have Indiana Jones or any of those guys as their fave characters but mine will always be Reggie (played perfectly by Reggie Bannister) along with the Ash character from Evil Dead (Bruce Campbell...need I say more), Herbert West from the Re-Animator series (Jeffrey Combs...one of the funniest actors around) and the best character Kurt Russell (no introduction needed) EVER played....no it's not Snake Plissken...but Jack Burton from the great Big Trouble in Little China. Sorry for going off on a rant there just wanted you to know. Anyways Reggie is the glue that holds the series together. Why Universal has not put this and part III out on DVD is beyond me, yet they will do another DVD edition of The Mummy remake. I think the reason this series is not as well known is because of the studio's killing it's chances (check out the web site on how they released Phantasm II) and instead of going in different directions to gain mass appeal (like the Elm Street series....which if I'm right Don Coscarelli was offered to direct part 2...the most under appreciated of that series) the Phantasm series as they went (and hopefully go) on tried to please it's core audiance. And the series keeps the same characters through out so you really care for these guys and like them want to know what the hell is going on. I love these movies more than any other series and hope they are continued to be made. Hopefully we will see that Roger Avary penned script be made into a movie soon.


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