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
Audio Commentary with Director & Writer Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, & Bill Thornbury
New Graveyard Carz Episode Interviews from 1979 with Don Coscarelli & Angus Scrimm
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome Halloween flick! if you are looking for the classic tail of Ghost and the Grave Yard. This is it!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Super Cool Steel Book Packaging!!!
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Great Steel book case with very cool representation of the 2 poles from the dimension portal on the back! couldn't see it when I purchased it due to the packaging, but after opening it up, I was pleasantry surprised! As for the film, J.J. Abrams' restoration is awesome - definitely doesn't feel as dated as the previous releases. Good thing he didn't get to add anything and screw it up like Star Wars!!!
One of my all time favorite horror franchises. When I saw this was on sale at Best Buy in Steelbook, I knew I had to get it. Great picture quality on Blu Ray compared to what I was used to many years ago.
Ahhh 1979, the year I gragitated High School. With the exception of maybe Romero's NofTLD, Laser Blast, and The Incredable Melting Man...possibly Scanners there was really nothing like this around. My friends and I used to watch these kinds of movies on some late night cable channel out of SF/Oakland, maybe KTVU...Bob Wilkens Creature Feature I think was the program. I was really surprised to see it in steel box, Blu-ray with lossless audio, so I grabbed it. JJ Abrams oversaw the resto, no wonder he makes movies like Cloverfield. This is a must have "reference" disc for any sci-fi horror fan who likes things like Event Horizon. As far as picture quality, I mean it's lo budget 1970's and this is as good as it's ever going to get...so basically DVD quality that's been cleaned-up. You watch movies like this and say...good luck getting anything like that made today.