Review of "Phantasm 2 (1988)"

published 06/11/2008 | LazyOaf
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Pro Great Villain, comedy gold one liners, improved action/effects
Cons More brainless than the original
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"When you die - you come to us!!"

An action sequel to the classic 70s horror - Phantasm.

In keeping with the tradioton of films such as 'Alien' and 'Terminator' director Don Coscarelli has returned to his successful horror film 'Phantasm' with backing from Universal pictures, a budget increase of 1000% and only one surviving member of the cast (not including the eponymous villain - Th Tall Man') Reggie Bannister - rejoice!

This sequel has a lot going for it - a vastly increased action score, higher body count and much imporved special effects. on top of this A Michael Baldwin has been replaced as Michael in this film by James Le Gros and a good job he does too. The story is gfar more linear than the dreamlike narrative of the first film and is pretty much a road movie that descends into Lovecraftian territory towards the end.

I have to say that I actually prefer this film to the original as it is highly entertaining (Reggies one liners are comedy gold and his battle with a chainsaw weilding minion whilst bellowing 'come on you mutha' is particularly good). The increased action content is in part due to Universals interference in the production, much to Coscarellis annoyance but I feel it does not detract too much from the powerful and unique story of the Phantasm franchise. Another massive plus is the reappearance of the peerless Angus Scrimm as the chilling Tall man and an increased use of the 'Spheres' from the original - top notch.

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  • Soho_Black published 24/11/2008
    Decent review, although I see you've posted this as a DVD review, but you've not mentioned the DVD features. Are there any extras? If so, what are they and are they any good? If you want to change it to be posted as a "Film Only" review, this can be done by accessing "edit review" above the review and changing the drop down menu under the "Which format are you reviewing?" question at the bottom.
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