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Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)

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Mike and Reggie continue to hunt the mysterious Tall Man, discovering along the way that the invasion has already begun.

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Don Coscarelli

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Don Coscarelli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reggie Bannister ... Reggie
A. Michael Baldwin ... Mike
Bill Thornbury ... Jody
Gloria Lynne Henry Gloria Lynne Henry ... Rocky
Kevin Connors ... Tim
Cindy Ambuehl ... Edna
John Davis Chandler ... Henry (as John Chandler)
Brooks Gardner ... Rufus
Angus Scrimm ... The Tall Man
Irene Roseen ... Demon Nurse
Sarah Scott Davis ... Tanesha (as Sarah Davis)
Duane Tucker Duane Tucker ... Motel Owner
Claire Benedek ... Tim's Mother
Wendy Way Wendy Way ... Woman at Orphanage
Robert Beecher Robert Beecher ... Gas Station Attendant
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Storyline

The Tall Man, that imposing menace from Morningside Mortuary, is back and once again haunting the thoughts of the now-adult Mike and his friend, ex-Ice Cream vendor Reggie. The two continue their hunt for the mysterious figure and in his path of destruction encounter a variety of dangerous situations, friends and enemies. They also must contend with the resurrected dead plus a growing number of the infamous and deadly silver spheres which aid the Tall Man as he sets his sights on indoctrinating Mike and finishing the fight begun so many years ago. Written by Warlock <asstgpa@crimjust.ccjscarolina.edu>

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Terrifying. Relentless. Unstoppable. See more »


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Rated R for violence and gore, and for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1994 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantasm: Lord of the Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Rufus: Do you think we're playing games kid? This is for real.
Tim: So is this.
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It's all about the balls
15 October 2018 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

The third movie in the Phantasm series is the best one so far, simply by virtue of its continuing the trend of each movie having superior effects to the previous one/s. By the third Phantasm, you have well and truly given up hope that Don Coscarelli will ever tell a "Phantasm" story that makes sense, and doesn't feature lengthy and boring sequences.

The driving bits in these movies always irk me. You are supposed to think that these are the characters travelling to whereever it is they're going for a risky mission. You never know where they're going, or why. How hard is it to clue the audience in on what the protagonists are doing?

This sequel has the typical ragtag group of survivalists battling the bad guys that all horror movie sequels eventually give you, provided the first one doesn't. Included are a kid who is a horror-movie version of Kevin McAllister, a butt-kicking karate fighting black woman who uses nun-chucks for no other reason than they differentiate her from the other characters, that guy with the skullet who has been in all the Phantasm movies so far, and the horribly uncharismatic kid from the first movie, who has thankfully grown up and is less annoying this time around, though his presence adds nothing to the movie besides a call back to the first one for those who still remember it.

The Phantasm movies are famous for two things: Angus Scrimm in the role as the villainous Tall Man, and the flying silver balls he employs to drill into people's heads. The second Phantasm movie provided some background to the Tall Man's movements in the series. The third movie shows you more about those metal balls, at one stage opening one to show what's inside it, and revealing that they function like brains in the bodies of the Tall Man's minions.

The Tall Man actually kind of takes a back seat in all this. It's those metal balls that run the show, apparently. I hope he doesn't feel too short changed.


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