5.4/10
17,849
176 user 86 critic

Phantoms (1998)

One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning.

Director:

Joe Chappelle

Writers:

Dean R. Koontz (novel) (as Dean Koontz), Dean R. Koontz (screenplay) (as Dean Koontz)

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Relic (1997)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt
Leviathan (1989)
Adventure | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An American deep-sea mining colony stumbles upon a sunken Soviet vessel hiding a horrific secret.

Director: George P. Cosmatos
Stars: Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays
DeepStar Six (1989)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

At the bottom of the ocean, the DeepStar Six has just discovered a new and deadly alien menace.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Stars: Greg Evigan, Nancy Everhard, Taurean Blacque
Deep Rising (1998)
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.

Director: Stephen Sommers
Stars: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald
Screamers (1995)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as... See full summary »

Director: Christian Duguay
Stars: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin
Virus (1999)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When the crew of an American tugboat boards an abandoned Russian research vessel, the alien life form aboard regards them as a virus which must be destroyed.

Director: John Bruno
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin
Mimic (1997)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Dr. Timothy Flyte
Rose McGowan ... Lisa Pailey
Joanna Going ... Jennifer Pailey, M.D.
Liev Schreiber ... Deputy Stuart 'Stu' Wargle
Ben Affleck ... Sheriff Bryce Hammond
Nicky Katt ... Deputy Steve Shanning
Clifton Powell ... Gen. Leland Copperfield
Rick Otto ... Scientist Lockland
Valerie Chow ... Scientist Yamaguchi (as Rachel Shane)
Adam Nelson ... Scientist Burke
John Hammil John Hammil ... Scientist Talbot
John Scott Clough John Scott Clough ... Scientist Shane
Michael DeLorenzo ... Soldier Velazquez
William Hahn William Hahn ... Scientist Borman
Robert Himber Robert Himber ... Scientist Walker
Edit

Storyline

Dr. Jennifer Pailey and her sister Lisa visit the a small town in the Rocky Mountains. The sisters find no one but a few corpses, then join Sheriff Bryce Hammond and his deputies, Flyte, a British academic, and the remains of an Army commando unit. Together they uncover a sub-terrainain life-form that absorbs its victims while gaining their knowledge. Making it extremely intelligent, and because of the victims perception of it, it believes itself to be the devil. Flyte suggests that the creature's body is almost identical chemically to crude oil, and could be killed by bacteria used to break down fossil fuels. Together they plan to use the Enemy's extreme arrogance and god complex against itself. Hammond finds it has assumed the form of the boy he accidentally killed during an drug raid. When the boy grabs the glass vial from him, he shoots it and exposes the creature to the oil eating bacteria. Written by <creep945@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This Time Terror Comes From Below See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dean Koontz's Phantoms See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,065,951, 25 January 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,657,370, 15 February 1998
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

An adaptation of the novel was originally set to be made in the late 1980s or early 1990s by New World Pictures and Allied Vision Entertainment, but was shelved after New World filed for bankruptcy. See more »

Goofs

The spare tire on the back of Jenny's white Jeep disappears and reappears numerous times while driving into Snowfield. See more »

Quotes

Ancient Evil: Tell the world the end begins here.
Ancient Evil: I am Baal. I am the eye.
Ancient Evil: One of your species has theorized my existence.
Ancient Evil: It's like a puppy learning a difficult trick.
Ancient Evil: He is your Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Ancient Evil: Only in me can you achieve immortality.
Ancient Evil: Not in God.
Ancient Evil: Not in Christ.
Ancient Evil: Only in me.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Count Me Out
Performed and Written by K. Perry
Courtesy of Zomba Music Services
Published by Jim Long Music (ASCAP)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Not bad...but should be credited as a remake
18 July 2001 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

This may have been based on a Dean Koontz novel, but Phantoms should acknowledge itself as being an unofficial remake of an old Hammer Studios film, X The Unknown, with which it shares it's main antagonist. The only real difference is that Phantoms lends a more mystical slant to the idea (though primarily just at the beginning of the movie).

As a horror film, this movie is fun...very reminiscent of a good old 50's or 60's horror movie that immediately immerses you in the situation. The one problem with the film is that each character is interesting by themselves, but they don't really gel together that well as a whole. Peter O'Toole is at his quirky best, and Ben Affleck is always enjoyable, so it's really hard to complain about that.

The SFX are okay to middling, but work well with the atmospheric cinematography.

Definitely worth a rent!


21 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 176 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed