Phantasm

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Released 1979

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Director:
Don Coscarelli
Released:
1979
Rating:
R
Phantasm is the 1979 horror classic from director Don Conscarelli. In a small town where everything seems picture perfect, the Morningside Funeral home may seem like a quiet resting place for the dead, until a sinister Tall-Man (Angus Scrimm) arrives. He is unlike any normal funeral parlor worker. An adolescent boy named Mike (Michael Baldwin) spies on him and begins to notice something strange that he just can't put his finger on. He even witnesses small hooded zombie dwarfs walking around at times on the cemetery grounds. His older brother Jody (Bill Thornberry) doesn't believe in his stories and neither does a good friend of the family named Reggie (Reggie Bannister) but he must prove that the Tall-Man is the perpetrator of the strange goings on. It turns out the mortician is actually a being from another dimension with superhuman strength, equipped with deadly flying silver spheres that can drill victims' brains out. He plans to have amass an undead army that can eventually destroy all towns and it's up to the brothers and Reggie to stop his plan.moreless

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  • 100

    Slant Magazine

    What makes Phantasm special is the way it captures a boy's life in 1978. [Remastered]

  • 80

    Empire Kim Newman

    It deliberately makes no sense, but it has more bizarro gimmicks to the minute than any other horror picture of 1979.

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    There is one thing you can say for the new horror film Phantasm (at the York): it certainly has its moment. [5 May 1979]

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Horror, Suspense

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B-Movie Horror, Supernatural, Horror Masters, Cult, Classics