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Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

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The final installment of the long-running Phantasm series.

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David Hartman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
A. Michael Baldwin ... Mike
Reggie Bannister ... Reggie
Dawn Cody ... Dawn / Jane
Gloria Lynne Henry Gloria Lynne Henry ... Rocky
Stephen Jutras Stephen Jutras ... Chunk
Kathy Lester ... Lady in Lavender (as Kat Lester)
Bill Thornbury ... Jody
Daniel Roebuck ... Demeter
Daniel Schweiger ... Cuda Thief
Cean Okada ... Nurse
Jon Johannessen Jon Johannessen ... Doctor (as John Johannessen)
Joe Jefferson Joe Jefferson ... Man in Hall (as Joseph Jefferson)
Kenneth V. Jones ... Caretaker (archive footage) (as Ken Jones)
Cesare Gagliardoni Cesare Gagliardoni ... Grave Digger
Kathleen Hartman Kathleen Hartman ... Nurse
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Reggie is wandering through the desert seeking out his friend Mike and the evil The Tall Man. Along his journey, he is hunted down by the dangerous spheres and stumbles upon the gorgeous Dawn. Out of the blue, he finds himself in an institution with Mike explaining that he has dementia and then in another dimension. Where is Mike? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Phantasm V: Ravager See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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According to the book "Phantasm Exhumed," filming on Phantasm: Ravager first began in late 2008 where it was originally envisioned as a spinoff webseries about the Reggie character. This webisode footage was eventually expanded upon with new footage that featured appearances by main cast members to become feature-length. See more »

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A Disgraceful End to One of the Most Unique Horror Series of the 20th Century
31 December 2016 | by amnesiac12001See all my reviews

PHANTASM: RAVAGER is perhaps the most disappointing and horrifically executed follow-up in a film series since TROLL 2, a declaration I only wish was hyperbolic. It almost single-handedly unravels all the value and merit gathered from the previous installments and it does so with almost neolithic incompetence.

While we all knew that RAVAGER was the least-capitalized of the series, it's shocking at how poorly made it is, especially considering what Don Coscarelli was able to do with a comparable budget 37 years earlier. The film has all the production value of a SyFy Channel Asylum monster movie (complete with unprocessed production audio), and with even less narrative cohesion. The script is cringe-inducingly bad, with little-to-no plot or agenda beyond wanting the viewer to question how much of Reggie's reality is real, and the dialogue is almost a parody of bad movies done without irony. The actors, many of whom have had decades of experience under their belt, behave as if they're in their first student film, and every performance looks so horrifically under-rehearsed that it feels like they're reading their lines off of cue cards taped to the other actors' heads.

It's also the least consistent with the style of the rest of the series, and the film opens with a recap introduction that was so inept that I thought it was tacked on by an executive producer. And so many stretches of the movie involve the characters wandering around a desert simply to pad time with a free location. To put it another way: I've waited 18 years to see this film and I actually fast-forwarded through certain scenes simply to see if they were going somewhere or to bypass the sheer ineptitude of the filmmaking. That's how bad this film can be. I have seen fan films on YouTube made for pocket change that showed more talent, creativity, and cinematography than this.

I suspect that all this may have been done on purpose to ensure that no one would ask for another film (rendered moot since Angus Scrimm has now passed on), as Coscarelli has expressed a desire to move on from PHANTASM films. It would have been better for all if Coscarelli had simply loaned out the film to screenwriters who wanted to take a whack at it instead of wasting decades until he came up with an idea. As it is, we've now lost so many potential sequels and have to suffer the indignity of this entry as its finale. The lack of any talent on display in this film is almost an insult to fans of what was one of the most unique and beloved horror film series of the century.

RAVAGER is for completists only, and even then...I pity them for what they have to endure.


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