Phantasm (DVD)

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Phantasm (DVD)

After their friend is murdered, two brothers begin a hunt in search of the killer. Their investigation leads them to the discovery of a startling and ...

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published 06/11/2008 | LazyOaf
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Pro Great locations, dreamlike narrative, great villain, memorable characters
Cons Lame effects (for the most part), looks dated
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"In its own way a horror classic"

In its own way, a true horror classic.

This is one of my favourite horror films from the late 70s. This film, along with Alien, The Texas Chainsaw massacre and others represents the gensis of the modern horror film.
Phantasm has a lot going for it - a truly memorable villain (the eponymous Tall man), decent characters (with the best being the king of one liners - Ice cream salesman, Reggie Bannister - as himsel), great settings ( a mausoleum) and enough gore to satisfy gore hounds). All of this, combined with a dream like narrative and frequent (sometimes highly confusing) plot twists, add up to a highly enjoyable horror outing. Of course as this film was an early effort from a young director (Don Coscarelli) and was made in the late 70s, there are some plot holes, bad acting and lame effects. In my opinion however, this adds to the enjoyment factor of the film and puts many (if not all) modern efforts to shame.

All in all one of my favourite horror films from the golden era of true horror and infinitely superior to most of the sequels (except II)

8 out of 10

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  • eljimbob published 06/11/2008
    Welcome to Ciao :¬) James
  • majeedkazi published 06/11/2008
    Hi, Welcome to Ciao....
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After their friend is murdered, two brothers begin a hunt in search of the killer. Their investigation leads them to the discovery of a startling and hideous secret.

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