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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.

Director:

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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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Due to the fact that A. Michael Baldwin had aged considerably since the previous movie, a female body double (always seen from the back) was used to complete the flashback opening from the original film's ending. See more »

Goofs

Crew and cameras are reflected in the silver sphere numerous times, especially as the sphere is embedded in the crematory henchman's hand and back. See more »

Quotes

[the Tall Man is planning to inject Liz with embalming fluid, which Reggie has spiked with acid]
Mike: Hey!
[the Tall Man glances up]
Mike: Suck on this!
[Mike releases a captured silver sphere, which flies directly to the Tall Man's head and inserts a drill into the front of his skull. A yellowish fluid flies from the back of the sphere, but after it stops, the Tall Man rips the sphere from his head & crushes it like a beer can]
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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

Television version is very heavily cut and removes nearly all the gore. Differences in Television version are:
  • When Mike storms into the Embalming Room in the old abandoned Mortuary, the dead Woman's body has a cloth sheet over her.
  • The Worm creature instantly pops out of the fake Liz's back and the scene where he crawls out is completely cut.
  • Father Meyers' sphere attack is almost completely cut. The shot of his ear flying is removed as is the drilling on his head.
  • Alchemy doesn't remove her top when walking up the stairs with Reggie.
  • When Reggie & Alchemy are having sex in the room in the abandoned Manor, Alchemy has a top on and the shots of her in her panties are completely removed.
  • When Mike & Reggie are chasing The Tall Man in their car and Reggie points his 4-barreled shotgun at The Tall Man in his Hearse, Mike hollars "Shoot Him!" instead of "Shoot The F**ker!"
  • The shot of the Caretaker burning to death in the Furnace is cut completely.
  • The silver sphere drilling the Caretaker's hand in the Hallway is also cut.
  • The gold "Ripper" sphere sawing it's way into the Caretaker's back is cut. However, we do see the gruesome shot of the drill in his mouth after Mike pulls him back.
  • The Tall Man's death is cut very heavily. The shots of his skin peeling off and his eyes exploding are completely removed.
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Connections

Followed by Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) See more »

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User Reviews

 
The best of the Series!
20 February 2002 | by The CreeperSee all my reviews

Phantasm II is, In my Opinion, the absolute best of the series. Why? The Ammo! I love the Creative weapons the Characters Use, as well as the "Flying Spheres". The Suspense! I've heard A lot of people Complain on other Comments for this movie that this Movie was not Suspenseful, to say the least, they are Wrong, and are NOT True Horror Fans! I Also like the Plot, Setting, Script, and, of course, The Truly Scary Climaxes.

I Also enjoyed the fact that this Movie "played" with the ending of the Original. Is This Movie something that could be called a Cult Classic? Yes. Any Horror Fan Who has not seen this Movie needs to pick this Stuff up Today! I was very Pleased to see that the Tall Man made it on an Essential horror D.V.D. entitled "Boogeymen". If You saw Part One and were Disappointed, Don't give up hope.

SEE THIS MOVIE

As Far as others in the Series go; Part One is rather Average; Part Two is the best; Three is Okay, but better than Part One; And Part Four (A.K.A. "Phantasm: Oblivion") is better than Part Three, but Slightly worse than this One.

I give this 10 out of 10.

Fans of this Might like: Puppet Master, Leprechaun, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, The Dead hate the Living, Night of the living Dead, Slumber Party Massacre, Sorority House Massacre, The Evil Dead I and II, City of the Living Dead, Prison of the Dead, Hideous!, The Dentist, Child's Play, and Head of the Family. For recommendations on other Titles, please check the other movies I Have comments on by clicking on my name above this Comment Section.

!!!!SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!


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