Phantasm 4 (1998)
Director: Don Coscarelli
Main Stars: A. Michael Badlwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, Heidi Marnhout, Angus Scrimm, Bob Ivy
Storyline: Starting right off from the last film Mike is traveling dimension to find the origin of the Tall Man while Reggie continues to battle the spheres, the undead, and the small people and stop the Tall Man.
Review (Spoils): The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) is chasing Mike (A. Michael Badlwin) as he is trying to get away. Reggie (Reggie Bannister) is roaming the desert until he meets a hottie (Heidi Marnhout) to help him track down Mike. We have haunting and visions from Jody’s ghost so the whole gang is back. Much like the past films, we have eerie scenery, flashbacks, explosions, small creatures, spinning spheres with blades and spikes, guns, the Tall Man and dimension doors. (What is a Phantasm film without them)? The film starts to unfold what is behind the Tall Man without fully ruining the whole haunting and mystery. Yes they try to explain why he is not dead yet.
The one thing that is lacking in the series is the true reason why the Tall Man is after Jody and now Mike. Is it because they know too much from the first film or is there something that Don Coscarelli has not told us yet and more to come? We have Angus Scrimm returning as the Tall Man and yes, he does try to do the same impression of “Boy” that we have heard in past films. Reggie is Reggie and we will leave it at that.
Rating: “The secret of the spheres are released, the final game has began”. Some old same old with this one and to be honest it is the weaker of the whole series. I think it could because they do not know exactly where they were going with the series and needed something to get the fans off their own backs. Still the series is a cult classic when it comes to horror so check it out.
Phantasm 3 (1994)
Director: Don Coscarelli
Main Stars: Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Angus Scrimm
Storyline: The hunt continues with Mike and Reggie tracking down the Tall Man.
Review (Spoils): Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Bannister) are being haunted yet again with the nightmares of the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm). They continue their battle against the Tall Man’s odd servants and the flying silver balls of pain that the film is known for.
This film gives us way more flying silver blade balls that slam into people’s faces, more yellow ichors, special effects of the Tall Man, some nice 80s electricity scenes, nunchakus, explosions, guns and some creepy little people that work as servants of the nightmarish and yet unexplained Tall Man.
The film is entertaining yet again as this film series is classic and not bad but it still falls short on explaining itself. It is almost like the series really does not know what it is about. But it banks on its cult following. The special effects are actually not that cheesy and the film flows through but yet again the series has no answers.
Rating: The series has not aged well as this third entry is very late 80s and 90s as you can tell. Come on we have a female fighter who looks like Grace Jones with some nunchakus. But saying that we still hold the original character and their journey up against the evils of the Tall Man and the mysterious cult that follows him. This series has not died yet!
Director: Don Coscarelli
Main Stars: A.Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm
Storyline: Brothers investigate strangeness that is revolving around the town funeral home. They find out it is owned by a caretaker known as The Tall Man who is using the bodies as slaves for another world.
Review (Spoils): Tommy gets stabbed in the graveyard by a blonde but it gets passed off as suicide. Two brother’s Jody (Bill Thornbury) and Michael (A.Michael Baldwin) and friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) bury their friend but Mike noticed something strange while snooping after the funeral. The caretaker (Angus Scrimm ) picked the coffin up with one hand and put it back in the car and did not bury Tommy. This leads to more snooping around the funeral home and in which they come face to face with The Tall Man (the caretaker), flying metal balls, midgets that look like jawas from Star Wars (really are the corpses shrunk to be slaves) and a portal to another plane. This movie flows in the horror vein with a big touch of sci-fi. The movie is cult classic if you can keep up with the dreams and the storyline. The Mike character can really annoying but Reggie is just damn cool he rocks the bald man ponytail and can jam on the guitar.
The music in the film is also a highlight as it has a very Goblin like feel like the Old Italian zombie films of the 70s-80s eras. The music alone helped with the film.
Rating: This film is a cult classic and a horror classic but it is not for everyone. It has a lot of dream sequences and sci-fi feel more than horror but it falls under the same. This is the first of the series and more gets explained later on in the series. All hail to the Red Planet!
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