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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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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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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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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$5,657,370, 15 February 1998
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Establishing shots are mostly of Georgetown, Colorado, a small mining town on Interstate 70, just east of the Eisenhower tunnel. See more »

Goofs

Some of the firearms used by the Biological Warfare Unit soldiers are Ruger AC556 assault rifles (modified with Muzzelite Bullpup stocks). These rifles have never been used by any branch or unit of the US military. See more »

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Lisa: See? L.A. is good for something.
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References The Thing (1982) See more »

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Dean Koontz novel gets better-than-average execution on screen
12 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Phantoms (1998) Ben Affleck, Peter O' Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Liev Schreiber, Nicky Katt, Clifton Powell, D: Joe Chappelle. When two sisters drive into a small Colorado town, they find the whole place depopulated, but corpses keep turning up. What caused it: disease or something else? Enter sheriff Affleck and his snickering deputy (Schreiber), who are just as clueless about these unexplained happenings as they are. Then an army of scientists and a professor-turned-tabloid journalist (O' Toole) come into the scene, discovering what wiped out the 500 residents came from deep underground. Better-than-average from a Dean Koontz novel, written by its author and well-acted for a thriller this ridiculous, that really pushes your buttons with suspenseful scenes and doesn't need to rely fully on special effects. O' Toole's character makes little sense, and we don't believe Affleck's chief graduated from Harvard. Running Time: 91 minutes and rated R for sci-fi violence, gore, and language. ** ½


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