Phantasm (1979)

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A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.


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23 December 2012 | claudio_carvalho
7
| A Weird and Original Cult Movie
After the death of Tommy (Bill Cone), who was stabbed by a woman at the cemetery, Jody (Bill Thornbury) and his friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) attend the funeral at the Morningside funeral home. Jody is followed by his teenage brother Mike (Michael Baldwin), who has just lost his parents and is afraid of losing his big brother that intends to travel.

Mike snoops around the cemetery and sees the mortician known as The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) carrying Tommy's coffin alone without any help. Mike breaks in the mortuary to investigate the mystery and discovers weird dwarf creatures with yellow blood and dangerous flying spheres that protect the location. When he is chased by The Tall Man, he cuts his finger and brings it home to show Jody to convince his big brother that there is a dark secret in the mortuary. Jody, Reggie and Mike discover that The Tall Man is from outer space and is transforming dead bodies in dwarfs to work as slave in his world. Now they decide that The Tall Man must be destroyed. Will they succeed in their intent?

"Phantasm" is one of the most weird and original cult movies that I have ever seen. The surrealistic and dreamlike story entwines horror with sci-fi with many twists and bizarre characters and situations.

I saw "Phantasm" for the first time on VHS in the early 80's and I have just seen it again on DVD and surprisingly the film has not aged, only the clothing, the hair style and the special effects. But for fans like me, it is still attractive and entertaining. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Fantasma" ("Phantasm")

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Trivia

Don Coscarelli got the idea of The Tall Man's living severed finger while drinking from a styrofoam cup. He punched his finger through the bottom and started moving it. He loved the visual effect of it and decided to include it in the story.


Quotes

Reggie: Okay. I see it, I see it all now. What we gotta do is we gotta snag that tall dude and stomp the shit out of him, and we'll find out what the hell is going on up there. Yeah! We lay that sucker out flat and drive a stake right through his goddamn ...


Goofs

(at around 42 mins) As Jody is putting his Colt M1911A1 pistol in his pocket in preparation for the final showdown at the morgue, he tells Mike that the gun is an official Army Colt. However, the pistol is chrome plated; handguns with this finish were never issued by the Army.


Crazy Credits

With the exception of the title Phantasm appearing on-screen, there are no opening credits.


Alternate Versions

Several other deleted scenes from Phantasm can be seen in the film Phantasm IV: Oblivion including the infamous "Tall Man Rope Hanging Sequence". Another deleted scene that is featured on the DVD has Mike in bed talking to his brother Jody about the Tall Man (with reference to the rope hanging sequence.) Mike: "We can leave him up there forever, though" Jody: "Why not, that rope will last a lifetime" Mike: "Yeah" Jody "Hey, why did you go blow you knob of for?" Mike: "I was trying to save you, dude" Jody: "My kid brother, is one bad mother".


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Sittin' Here At Midnight
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Bill Thornbury
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Horror | Sci-Fi

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