Phantasm [Blu-ray] [1979]

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  • Release Date: 12/06/2016
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (225 out of 231)

Special Features


  • Audio Commentary with Director & Writer Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, & Bill Thornbury
  • Deleted Scenes
  • New Graveyard Carz Episode Interviews from 1979 with Don Coscarelli & Angus Scrimm
  • Trailers

Synopsis


Phantasm
Phantasm is a surprisingly artful and imaginative horror film, an impressive film for 23-year-old director Don Coscarelli who worked with a miniscule budget to create a small masterpiece. When Mike (Michael Baldwin) spies some sinister Jawa-like creatures stealing corpses from the local cemetery, he and his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) explore the mausoleum, where they find that the mortician (Angus Scrimm), a towering, emaciated figure with superhuman strength, has somehow bridged the gap between Earth and the afterworld and needs fresh corpses. Among the tools of his trade is a flying Swiss army pinball that bores into the skulls of its hapless victims then extracts their brains. Their allies die off one by one, until only the brothers are left to defend humankind against the nefarious "Tall Man" and his army of shrouded dwarves. While the film does contain a fair amount of graphic violence, the gore is never gratuitous and, relative to other movies of its day, is used rather sparingly. The effects are fantastic as is the highly stylized direction; the result is a memorable chiller with more than its share of genuine shocks. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

Cast & Crew


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    Bill Thornbury - Jody
  • Reggie Bannister
    Reggie Bannister - Reggie
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    Kathy Lester - Lady in Lavender
  • Angus Scrimm
    Angus Scrimm - Tall Man
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    Ken Jones - Caretaker



Customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic 70's horror, bad yes, but in a good way

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    ipsofacto
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    This is truly a great, (in a campy way), bad horror movie from the 70's. Michael, our hero, slams a door on the hand of a tall dark figure who chases him. He slices off the tall mans fingers. and the hand spurts out yellow blood. He takes one of the severed fingers home, sticks it in a box. The next day, the box starts moving around, it seems the finger is alive. Michael explains this to his older brother, Jody, but his brother doesn't believe him, so Jody opens the box to show him. Inside is the severed finger squirming around in a pool of blood. Jody, closes the box with a casual, Oh. A flying stainless steel sphere with sharp hooks chases them around, as they investigate inside the funeral home and encounter the tall dark man, it goes, like that, until our hero's join forces and figure out how to stop the tall dark man who's ire they have raised who is now stalking them all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    delightfully spooky

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    prlwctd

    Released the same year as Alien, Phantasm has also become a classic. A boy named Mike becomes suspicious of wrongdoings at the nearby cemetery after the death of his pal Tommy. With the help of his older brother Jody & their pal Reggie, Mike discovers that Tommy's body has been taken (along with others laid to rest there) by an alien known only as the Tall Man who, with a killer sphere and his ability to transform into a beautiful woman, takes bodies back to his world where he reanimated them as slaves (which look like Jawas but sound like the Tasmanian Devil). The climax is a bit confusing, but, thankfully, the final scene of the movie makes up for it. Angus Scrimm's Tall Man rivals Lugosi's Dracula and Karloff's Frankenstein as one of the all time scary movie monsters. The music is also appropriatly moody, rather like John Carpenter's music for both Halloween and The Fog. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and Reggie Bannister are also instantly likeable as Mike, Jody, & Reggie, respectively.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Horror classic

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    Xdagninox
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    Many years ago, Don Cascorelli created a mind bending terror fest; he called it Phantasm. One of the most iconic horror film villains is The Tall Man. One of the most iconic horror film scores is the soundtrack to this film. And JJ Abrams and Bad Robot Productions brought us the Terror fest in one of the greatest remasters I've ever seen come to bluray! The features are great as well, with a pimp my ride-like tv show episode featuring The phantasm car, a lengthy vintage tv interview with Don and Angus Scrimm (r.i.p) and very informative commentary track giving the classic even more of a replay value! Highly recommend this 2 disc set! The slipcover/disc artwork alone is amazing. Get it

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best presentation of a classic

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    THEBOYWHOCOULDFLY
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    If you are a horror fan, and you've never seen Phantasm, a film which has garnered a large cult following (along with its sequels) since its first release in 1979, it is a must-see. It hearkens back to an age when films tried to do something different than the last film out, not following a trend or copying an earlier popular film. Its originality, and its fun, non-CGI effects are the reason to see the film, which some may still find frightening because of its unpredictable nature. The bluray transfer makes the film look better than it ever has. The extras are good and its a perfect Halloweentime gift.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This film will probably never look better.

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    mdmax09
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    This film was painstakingly remastered and has probably never looked this good unless you saw it in the theaters when it was first released. This is a must for any horror fanatic that appreciates a surreal tone that's open for interpretation. Phantasm is up there with the classics of the late 70's and early 80's as far as I'm concerned. This was however a low budget film so, don't expect razor sharp detail as the film is only as good as the camera it was shot on. This Bluray has a very nice filmic quality to it with the right amount a detail and film grain. You wont be disappointed if your a fan of the Phantasm films or just a fan of the genre from this era.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun Horror, But Hasn't Aged Well

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    Zeithelden
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    There's something to be said for these older horror flicks, but I don't think this one holds up quite as well as some others. It was probably much better for its time, but without looking through rose colored glasses, the acting is just okay, the direction is poor and the editing is just bad. There are flashes and cuts that interrupt the story, distract the viewer and confuse some parts of it. Even though it's supposed to be one of those mindless horror flicks, marketing it as this kind of classic is probably misplaced. The quality of the product and packaging are great, though, so if you already like this movie then it's a great buy!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Camp Horror on Clearer Blu-Ray

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    pogo4ever
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    I will give five stars for the classic original '79 film starring Angus Scrimm, AKA "Tall Man;" rest in peace, mate! While I have the original Anchor Bay out of print 2007 DVD, that print's aud/vid quality pales in comparison to the new 2016 remastered, restored Blu-Ray version from acclaimed fanboy director J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Studios. It is worth getting this 2016 Blu-Ray for the Dolby 5.1 Surround Mix as well as optional Mono sound. The best parts of the movie are the campiness, suspense of "Tall Man" & his flying spheres of death that seek fresh brains!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead

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    Teamboz
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    This is sci-fi horror with balls! Don Coscarelli's masterpiece of the 70's spawned 4 sequels, a comic book, and millions of fans. Phantasm follows teenage Mike Pearson as he copes with the loss of his parents. He lives in the suburbs and is cared for by his promiscuous older brother Jody. Unbeknownst to these boths, a malevolent force is quietly taking over the town. The film quality has been updated. The sound has been updated. This is Phantasm like you've never seen before!

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