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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.


Don Coscarelli


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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


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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Release Date:

8 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantasma II See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,012,285, 10 July 1988

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 6 mins) A sequence involving an entire house exploding in flames was filmed using a genuine house which was in the path of the California 105 freeway construction. The production company bought the house for $500 from the State of California, under the condition that they would move it from the site. The original house was one story but a second story was added to match the house from the first film. A safety officer was sent to supervise the stunt and kept restricting the amount of explosives due to the fact that the house was near an airport. When he asked what movie the scene was being filmed for and was told it was Phantasm II, he responded "This is Phantasm?... Blow the hell out of it" and allowed them to use as much explosives as they desired. The house was then rigged with primer cord, mortars, black powder bombs and a plenty of gasoline and blown up. The sequence was shot with six cameras and was tightly choreographed with Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, and Lorie Loughlin (doubling as a young Mike) requiring to walk or run away from the fireball of the explosion on film, all in one take. It also doubled as Reggie's house when the Tall Man kills his family by blowing up his home later in the film. Afterwards, the production company kept their word and removed what was left of the house. See more »


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 »


Reggie: Come on. Lets go kick some ass.
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Crazy Credits

With the exception of the title Phantasm II, there are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

A bootlegged work print features several additional scenes not included in the wide release, minus sound effects or background music. There are also additional shots of gore that were snipped in order to avoid an "X" rating. Scenes included are:
  • After the house blows up in the beginning, there is no Funeral scene. After Reggie runs out, Mike runs out and Reggie says he knew it before it was going to happen. Mike tells Reggie that they could probably die trying to find The Tall Man and Reggie replys "Hey, we all got to go sometime".
  • After Mike encounters the Liz look-alike and sees the Worm-type creature crawl out of her back and Reggie torches him with the flamethrower, Mike wakes up finding out it was all a dream and Reggie tells him to get ready as he's ready to leave in his car.
  • There is a rumored scene that Mike has a dream that he makes love with Liz all over the World.
  • The sphere attack on Father Meyers is also much gorier. We see a much bigger geyser of blood spurt out the back of the sphere and we see a huge puddle of blood forming in front of him.
  • When Mike & Liz are sleeping in the abandoned Manor they along with Liz & Reggie take refuge in, after Mike kisses Liz, they have a Telepathic love scene and after it finishes, Liz tells Mike "That's about the safest sex we'll ever have".
  • When the gold "Ripper" sphere drives itself into the Caretaker's back and sends him flying across the Casket Room, we see a lot more blood squirt from his body.
  • After The Tall Man's body is pumped full of acid and Mike, Reggie & Liz escape with Alchemy in the Hearse, we see a new Tall Man come out of the Space Gate and we see him throwing the dead Tall Man into it. This scene can be seen at the beginning of Phantasm III: Lord Of The Dead.
  • Alchemy removes more skin from her face and it soon reveals that it was actually The Tall Man who had tricked Mike, Reggie & Liz. This scene was removed because director Don Coscarelli felt it looked too fake.
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creepy as hell
2 October 2001 | by darrylb500See all my reviews

Well well well...here's something rare: a decent sequel (in my opinion).

Here's something else that's rare: the movie succeeded in being creepy, which a lot of other so-called "horror" movies fail to do. They either claim to be "scary" by having (this is kind of hard to explain here in text) a person in a scene back up, not being right in the center of the Point Of View of the camera, but off to the side...so the filmmakers will hope we won't see someone grab them from offscreen and that we'll be scared, which has been done about a billion times since the first horror movie ever came out (whatever it was), or they throw in a bunch of gore and claim that it's "scary" that way. (Some people also don't know what scary is, like when a friend of mine once said she didn't like them scary movies, like Freddy Krueger and all...come on, Freddy wasn't scary, he was just cool!)

Actually, I didn't think this movie was scary either, but creepy, as I kind of liken the atmosphere of this movie to Steven King's Children of the Corn short story, which I thought was really creepy due to a town being totally empty, for some reason...except for the weird children. Well, it wasn't creepy onscreen, since an empty town with nothing going on made it...BORING. Here the towns are empty...and so are all of the graves; they looked like they were freshly dug for the newly deceased to be placed into, but it was actually just the opposite (and by the way, was I the only one to notice that every SINGLE small town had absolutely HUGE graveyards?!).

Granted, some of the script bites, I didn't think the new Michael could act (some people on here thought he could, but he just seemed to only have one facial expression and only said his lines with only one or two [mono]tones...THAT'S acting?) and some of it didn't make any sense...and I don't mean in the ways as to why the Tall Man is compressing humans into the evil dwarf minions, what the spheres are, etc., but I'm talking about what that priest had to do with it and all; his scenes are confusing and unexplained and should've been left out or explained as to what exactly he was doing (or what he was hoping to accomplish).

Some people have complained about how the atmosphere isn't the same as the first one, but I can't really comment on it, since I only saw the original about 15 years ago on tv, but rest assured, I WILL be re-renting it in the near future! All I can say is that this sequel was pretty brightly lit--rather than making it dark so we can't see who or what is going to pop out from the shadows, hoping to scare us (oh PLEASE!)--yet it was still creepy. So a new atmosphere was added! I'm just looking forward to Phantasm's End, slated for release in 2002!

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