Phantasm II (1988)

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Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, meets with Reggie, and discover his dreams ( the events of the original film) are real, and they both journey to find and stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work.


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  • James Le Gros in Phantasm II (1988)
  • James Le Gros and Paula Irvine in Phantasm II (1988)
  • Reggie Bannister in Phantasm II (1988)
  • Angus Scrimm in Phantasm II (1988)
  • Paula Irvine in Phantasm II (1988)
  • Paula Irvine and Angus Scrimm in Phantasm II (1988)

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25 December 1998 | EllisDee
8
| Very amusing despite the plot flaws
I saw "Phantasm II" before watching any of the other Phantasm movies, and despite its shortcomings, it converted me into a fan of the series. While it has an effective atmosphere and an interesting array of characters, the plot certainly could have been more carefully written. There is one part where Mike risks his life handling a very dangerous flying sphere and uses it as a key to open some weird door, but the movie fails to show the purpose of opening that door. Sure, it shows you what lies behind the door, but that's it! Mike and his friends don't really do anything in there! Also, the Tall Man goes through the trouble of luring Liz into a trap, but he just throws her against a wall once he catches her. If Liz was such a threat to his evil plans (as the plot asserts), then wouldn't the Tall Man want to make sure she's dead? Still, when you have a couple psychics, an ex-ice cream vendor, a mysterious hitchhiker, an army of dwarves, flying spheres and a rather omnipotent--and scary-looking--old guy called the Tall Man rolled into one picture, the movie promises to be interesting, and it delivers for the most part.

Compared to the other Phantasm movies, I liked "Phantasm II" better than "Phantasm III" and "Phantasm: Oblivion," but it's not quite as good as the original Phantasm.

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Trivia

Lori Loughlin played young Mike at the beginning of the movie, which picks up after the first "Phantasm" film. Loughlin was only seen from behind.


Quotes

Reggie: Mike tells me that it might take us years to find The Tall Man, and if we do, we'll probably die. Well, maybe. But not without a fight.


Goofs

(at around 1h 16 mins) When the sphere flies towards the mortician and pins his hand against the wall, you can easily see the blades are actually stuck in the wall between his fingers and not lodged in his palm which the scene indicates.


Crazy Credits

Final credit (copyright notice): "...violators will face severe civil and criminal penalties and the wrath of the Tall Man."


Alternate Versions

Television version is very heavily cut and removes nearly all the gore. Differences in Television version are:

  • When Mike storms into the Embalming Room in the old abandoned Mortuary, the dead Woman's body has a cloth sheet over her.
  • The Worm creature instantly pops out of the fake Liz's back and the scene where he crawls out is completely cut.
  • Father Meyers' sphere attack is almost completely cut. The shot of his ear flying is removed as is the drilling on his head.
  • Alchemy doesn't remove her top when walking up the stairs with Reggie.
  • When Reggie & Alchemy are having sex in the room in the abandoned Manor, Alchemy has a top on and the shots of her in her panties are completely removed.
  • When Mike & Reggie are chasing The Tall Man in their car and Reggie points his 4-barreled shotgun at The Tall Man in his Hearse, Mike hollars "Shoot Him!" instead of "Shoot The F**ker!"
  • The shot of the Caretaker burning to death in the Furnace is cut completely.
  • The silver sphere drilling the Caretaker's hand in the Hallway is also cut.
  • The gold "Ripper" sphere sawing it's way into the Caretaker's back is cut. However, we do see the gruesome shot of the drill in his mouth after Mike pulls him back.
  • The Tall Man's death is cut very heavily. The shots of his skin peeling off and his eyes exploding are completely removed.

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Genres

Action | Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,012,285 10 July 1988

Gross USA:

$7,282,851

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,282,851

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