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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.

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Timothy Flyte
... Lisa Pailey
... Jennifer Pailey, M.D.
... Deputy Stuart 'Stu' Wargle
... Sheriff Bryce Hammond
... Deputy Steve Shanning
... Gen. Leland Copperfield
... Scientist Lockland
... Scientist Yamaguchi (as Rachel Shane)
... Scientist Burke
John Hammil ... Scientist Talbot
John Scott Clough ... Scientist Shane
... Soldier Velazquez
William Hahn ... Scientist Borman
Robert Himber ... Scientist Walker
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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>

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

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23 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$5,657,370, 15 February 1998
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Trivia

The "flatworm theory" used in the movie (that flatworms can eat the remains of their own kind and absorb their knowledge) is based on actual tests given to flatworms which involved seeing how quickly they would make the "correct" turn at a Y-intersection after eating the previous experimenters. The results were more inconclusive than the film says. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in the fictional town of "Snowfield", Colorado, but several signs visible on the street (i.e. at 8:50) are marked "Georgetown", the name of the real-life town where the movie was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Timothy Flyte: Show yourself. Gods have nothing to fear... Or do they?
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Jesus Loves Me
Performed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
Written by William B. Bradbury and Anna B. Warner (as Anna Bartlett Warner)
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Not the awful movie everybody says
15 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

First of all a consideration: you are in a town besieged by an unknown entity, you are not a cop, but a girl. You hear a noise in a room that should be absolutely empty. Do you turn around slowly and slowly go to look what made that noise? HELL NO! You run away screaming like hell, find a fire weapon and annihilate anything you see. Said this, let's talk about movie.

The concept is really cute and the casting is good, but the characters are "thrown" in the story with no background and this can be a fault... The scaring parts are really predictable: music slowly increasing, than stops like "hm everything's alright" then "BAAAW!" someone or something pops out. I could turn the volume down every time there was a scary noise part in time :-)

The ending is also a bit poor and with the classic "I'll be back!" style.

However, not less than 6/10


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