Phantasm

Phantasm

Gentlemen Death's picture

This movie was one of the first i saw that really scared me when i was a kid. The Tall man is one of the iconic figures in horror industry. I was looking for this DVD for awhile and finally i wen to best buy and saw that they re-released it with new features like, director commentary and making of features. This movie is one of th ebest and if you have not seen it you should!!

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DaVayne's picture

"Phantasm" was the original dream-horror, and was one of the first movies to scare me as a child. I think I was ten years old the first time I saw it. Angus Scrimm, as the Tall Man, became for me the ultimate image of maliciousness: he had no morals, no mercy -- just a mission. And a cold and mysterious one at that. The fact that "Phantasm" played as a mystery was equally impressive. What were those spheres? Why did the recently buried dead become these little monsters? Who was the Tall Man, and why did he have so much power over reality? Why was Reggie so freakin' bald? And so on . . . Perhaps the most interesting element in "Phantasm" was the use of sound to alter our perception, and allow us visions of other worlds and dimensions. Lovecraft was considered a genius when, in his "Dreams in the Witch-House," he postulated the adverse effects a room's angles might have on human perspective. If angles . . . why not vibrations? Why not sound? What an ingenious device for trans-dimensional travel. "Phantasm" was, is, and always shall be a classic, whose ideas will remain coveted by us new to creation in this genre. It should never be remade (though I've heard rumors that it will be), but should be kept and cherished and passed down through the generations.

Edited by DaVayne on 5/5/2007 at 10:58 CST

DarkWalker's picture

Loved this movie, one of those that stays with you for a while. I still love to watch this one in the dark, alone. Makes it even creepier.

gene19's picture

I loved all of phantasm movies, the Tall man was and is scary to this day. This guy contained power of a flying spiked ball, and he turned humans in to deamon dwarves i think it was. The real thing was you just couldent kill him he kept comeing back.

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StuntmanMike's picture

TRUE 70'S HORROR CLASSIC!

THE TALL MAN IS ONE SCARY MO'FO!

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mizliz's picture

Rcently rewatched Phantasm.  I am so glad "horror" movies have improved.  I guess I don't see why everyone thinks it's a classic. I thought it was just plain boring.

thecarpenter666's picture

boring, well i must say , i have never heard it being called that before,

well i suppose theres always a first,

but how have they improved since this, I dont think i have seen anything quite like it since, it truly is a classic, in the same league as the fog, texas chainsaw, the howling, and all other masterful classics, within in the same era!

let us not knock our classics , but rise up and be inspired my them!!!

http://www.nefariousfilms.com/Images/Monsters/thetallman.jpg

how can this man , and this ball, not wet your appetite , for an evening of sheer horror fun !!!1peace!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAArrrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!Laughing

 

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rift267's picture

i know what u mean...but i think its that we have become so desentized as humans what once seemed orey or scary just doesnt cut it...i love watching black & white horror but it doesnt seem "scary"...after watching beheadings and stuff like that...

HELLFIGHTER's picture

I think PHANTASM has a unique kind of "mortuary" feel, like being around the dead too much. If you havent experienced it, you wont know what I mean, THATS NOT A KNOCK. Just saying that the film has a negative, disturbing effect that I think is not only very cool but unique to this movie without all the b.s. gore of current times. The flying orbs are a great idea and Angus Scrimm as The Tall Man is iconic. Just my opinion.

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mizliz's picture

I guess what I didn't like about Phantasm was that nothing was explained. Where did the orbs come from? Why were the little dwarf's slaves,etc. As a scarey figure The Tall Man did look menacing. I couldn't quite remember what it was about & was excited that it was on tv, so after I watched it I was quite disappointed. I guess I just don't appreciate this movie.  I don't like excessive blood & guts so thats not why I was disappointed.  I just didn't really "get" the story.

One of my favorite old movies is the original Dracula with Bela Lagosi -no blood & guts there. But a story I could follow.

thecarpenter666's picture

i see what your saying about the story , i really want to see a prequel to phantasm explaining all the points you mentioned, i think then you will like it, lol, but then maybe not ,,,,lol,    i think your fookin hilarious!!! i love you !!!!Laughing

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