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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.

Director:

Joe Chappelle

Writers:

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

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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
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

In the bakery, when the timer goes off, it makes a bell sound. The timer is an electronic timer that makes a beeping noise when it runs out. See more »

Quotes

General Copperfield: The first thing we'd like to know is what we're dealing with: Biological, chemical, or other.
Sheriff Bryce Hammond: ...Well, I'm leaning towards "other".
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Connections

Referenced in An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006) 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 erixalSee 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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