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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.

Director:

Don Coscarelli

Writer:

Don Coscarelli
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
A. Michael Baldwin ... Mike (as Michael Baldwin)
Bill Thornbury ... Jody
Reggie Bannister ... Reggie
Kathy Lester ... Lady in Lavender
Terrie Kalbus Terrie Kalbus ... Fortuneteller's Granddaughter
Kenneth V. Jones ... Caretaker (as Ken Jones)
Susan Harper Susan Harper ... Girlfriend
Lynn Eastman-Rossi ... Sally (as Lynn Eastman)
David Arntzen David Arntzen ... Toby
Ralph Richmond Ralph Richmond ... Bartender
Bill Cone Bill Cone ... Tommy
Laura Mann Laura Mann ... Double Lavender
Mary Ellen Shaw Mary Ellen Shaw ... Fortuneteller
Myrtle Scotton Myrtle Scotton ... Maid
Angus Scrimm ... The Tall Man
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Storyline

Mike, a young teenage boy who has just lost his parents, afraid to lose his brother follow him to a funeral, where Mike witnesses the Tall Man lifting a coffin on his own. Mike decides to investigate, and discovers that the Tall Man, protected by his flying spheres, is shrinking dead bodies down to half their normal size and reanimating them as slaves. It is then up to Mike, his brother, and Reggie the ice cream man to stop the Tall man.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Beware the ball, beware the tall man, beware the never dead. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, violence, and intense scenes | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Morningside See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,988,469
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Visurama)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 8 mins) The coffin that Mike sees the Tall Man lift by himself and shove back into the hearse was made out of balsa wood, empty, and had a rope on the side facing away from the camera to make it easier to handle. The rope can be briefly seen as the Tall Man lifts up the coffin. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 19 mins) When the rocks are filling the pit at the end, a black tarp covering the hole is visible beneath the dirt. See more »

Quotes

The Tall Man: Boooy!
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Crazy Credits

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

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". See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Sittin' Here At Midnight
by Bill Thornbury
Thornbury Music
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User Reviews

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30 October 2002 | by Obi311See all my reviews

I'll cut right to the chase. If you're looking for killer-jawas, horrible acting, a non-existent story and bad special effects, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better way to fill that void than watching Phantasm. The lone positive aspect of this movie for me was the "tall man" character. He's not the most imposing villain to be found but there was something creepy about him anyway. So to the films credit, they at least got that part right.

The films biggest flaw for me was that I honestly didn't care what happened to any of the main characters throughout the duration of the movie. Our "hero" for example spends the first half of the movie trying to repress his inner "Peeping Tom" and the latter half trying to figure out the weak plot like the rest of us.

Don't get me wrong here, I adore old-school and even obscure horror movies. I'll watch just about everything from tongue-in-cheek'ers like "Killer clowns from outer space" to classics like "Psycho". Unfortunately, the only reaction this movie got out of me were laughs due to some of the poor edits, effects and those aforementioned evil Jawas.

It's a skipper.


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