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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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Rose McGowan and Liev Schreiber appeared in Scream (1996). See more »

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Everyone goes into the lab and it begins to snow. Jennifer, Lisa, Bryce, and Flyte are the only people left in town. Yet, when Flyte leaves the lab later, there are footprints and tracks in the snow. 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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Demons With an Oily Presence Take over a Small Town
16 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Phantoms is one of my favorite horror/sci-fi films of all time (which is saying a lot). I've seen it several times and I find it still is entertaining. I actually purchased the book after I viewed the film and now it is one of my favorite books as well. Ben Affleck is good as the hero in the film. This was made before he made it as a big time star. Even Peter O' Toole does a very credible job as a "National Enquirer" type reporter. The tension is well placed throughout the movie. What I really enjoyed about the story was as the audience you didn't really see what the creature(s) looked like during the movie. You were given bits and pieces (pardon the pun) of this "monster" throughout the movie. Even as the movie ended it left it wide open for a sequel, which probably won't happen because it did not do well at the box office. However, if another movie company did decide to make a sequel, direct to video, I would be the first to rent it. I really did not want the movie to end. That is how much I enjoyed it. I'm sure you will to.


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