I know that some people may be pissed regarding my comments about Phantasm, but I fear I must speak my mind regarding this movie. Remember, opinions are like assholes........everyone has them, and by all accounts regarding Darwin's theory of evolution, by now at every human should have at least........one.
Phantasm, largely regarded as an iconic horror film classic, is now from my subsequent viewing, regarded as a scar of endless dissapointment that many a horror movie has left on my soul.
Last week I rented this movie via Netflix as it had great reviews and at least 4 and 1/2 stars. Now I'm left wondering how the Hell this happened.
I tried to give it a chance, after-all many other great movies from the 70's had interesting story-lines and ok special effects. Heck, even Gremlins, The Goulies and Star Wars had great special effects for their time. Not to mention at least an unfallible plot.
Phantasm had a plot, but it became lost within the realm of bad acting, guys who looked like girls, and special effects that obviously relied heavily on the invention of French's Mustard. The hero's of this tale routinely made stupid mistakes, lacked common sense and all the monsters mutated into something that didn't follow the story itself. Among these creatures existed a cemetary gopher, a chick who turned into an old dude, spirit orbs with knives, dead people turned into dwarfs, blue barrels of bodies, fingers that turned into a fly looking puppet and two metal bars that led to another dimension.
The description of the film told me it was supposed to be about grave-robbers and souls being taken to Hades. Did I miss something? Calling this film iconic was more or less a cruel joke and I have yet to understand, how it received such excellent reviews. Even the ending didn't make any sense. I understand that Phantasm has many sequels but as far as many sequels go, most of them are way worse on the eyes, then the original film. I'm not sure how this could be possible, but I am quite sure that I'm unwilling to find out.