Phantasm (1979) Reviewed

Phantasm poster art.

Phantasm poster art.

Don Coscarelli’s effectively creepy tale of a boy’s private battle with the evil that dwells in his neighborhood’s mortuary/cemetery is very original and filled with lots of bizarre and startling images. Angus Scrimm’s “Tall Man” would become a horror legend. I had many a sleepless nights fearfully waiting to find him standing over my bed, snarling: “Boy!” Flying silver balls drill holes in foreheads and shoot the gore out their backside. Jawa-like dwarves scurry around crypts. No solid explanation is given which adds to the surrealist nightmarishness of it all. The performances are all good and the script generously supplies a few well-placed laughs. There’s some brief toplessness, but it turns out to be dirty supernatural prank (ripped off in Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors). Coscarelli went on to direct two decent sequels and Bubba Ho-Tep.
Watch the trailer for Phantasm:

~ by Number5ive on July 20, 2009.

One Response to “Phantasm (1979) Reviewed”

  1. I’m like one of the few horror film afficionados of the eighties and early nineties who just found this movie and its acting ludicrous beyond belief. The silver balls with blades? Wicked. Everything else? Just goofy.

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