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PHANTASM is an uneven work, too fantastic to be genuinely scary but ferociously unique and fascinating on numerous levels.
I think at the forefront there was a desire here to create a warped and entirely original Universe where nothing is as it seems and anything can – and probably will – happen. Logic is quickly cast aside and indeed has no place in the crooked landscape that PHANTASM paints. Into this bizarre, surreal…….even Dali-like twisted cosmos, are thrust a group of characters who – perhaps even by virtue of their acting inadequacies – seem somehow as much a part of the fabric of that Universe, even in their struggles to survive and make sense of it.
For me, PHANTASM has a hypnotic effect for all those reasons. Flying sphere drills, a gender bending alien cemetery keeper, hooded shrunken corpses refined for slave labour in some parallel Universe, a severed finger that morphs into a grotesque (if admittedly comical) fly and countless other wild fantasies are all episodic nightmares that work their way into my head and stay there – however well or not they may be executed. They are indeed, the essence of all the darkest, unfathomable episodes that invade our deepest sleep.
Also, the film’s tendency to bounce us in and out of reality – if indeed there is a reality present at all – without warning, keeps us permanently on unstable ground. Dreams are very prominent and indeed prevalent in PHANTASM. So much so, that by the end there seems no dividing line between that which was real and which was not. In this sense, the film explored the territory that NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET would later make it’s own but somehow achieves a dream-like quality that even Craven’s classic would not surpass. Only Dario Argento’s similarly bizarre INFERNO comes to mind as a rival to PHANTASM for the closest we might get to a dream realised on film.
PHANTASM is a unique, mind bending vision of quaint, small town America, infused with hellish fantasies of death, loss and isolation, unleashed from the subconscious mind – perhaps even in the end, from that of it’s young, insecure and lonely adolescent protagonist.
Poe said “Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream?”
PHANTASM presents a case.
I urge those who are not impressed, to watch it again with these notions in mind.
There are tall men, and then there’s the “Tall Man”. I actually saw the trailer, or preview, if you like, for Phantasm while awaiting the start of Invasion of the Body Snatchers in December of 1978. And I remember the trailer quite well, considering that the upcoming film looked scary as the word itself. The part in the trailer that really got to me was the scene in which the main antagonist, the Tall Man, played by Angus Scrimm, is standing outside of some kid’s bedroom window (at night) looking in over the kid’s head. It freaked me out … Completely out. And being a horror film buff – even then at such a young age – I’d immediately said to my mother who had been sitting next to me: ‘Ooh, ma, I wanna see that movie!’ Phantasm looked horrifying … And I loved horrifying movies. My mother said ‘Yes’.
It would be the next year, in April of 1979, that we (only my mother and me that time) would finally see Phantasm. And it’s scary as hell, I tell ya. Scary as hell. Oh, and as I’d also learned, the kid, whose window it was that the Tall Man stood outside of in the trailer, is named Mike. Scary as hell, I tell ya.
Be prepared, if you’ll be a first time watcher of this cult horror, to scream and jump and feel chills as you’re absorbing it. It is just that creepy. And I do believe that Clive Barker (God love him) would later borrow more than a few of the elements from Phantasm for his own cult masterpiece, “Hellraiser”. I reckon that I’ll always believe that to be the truth. Phantasm is sheer and ultimate terror. They just don’t make ’em like this anymore.
Watch this one with the lights on, folks.
A Weird and Original Cult Movie
After the death of Tommy (Bill Cone), who was stabbed by a woman at the cemetery, Jody (Bill Thornbury) and his friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) attend the funeral at the Morningside funeral home. Jody is followed by his teenage brother Mike (Michael Baldwin), who has just lost his parents and is afraid of losing his big brother that intends to travel.
Mike snoops around the cemetery and sees the mortician known as The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) carrying Tommy’s coffin alone without any help. Mike breaks in the mortuary to investigate the mystery and discovers weird dwarf creatures with yellow blood and dangerous flying spheres that protect the location. When he is chased by The Tall Man, he cuts his finger and brings it home to show Jody to convince his big brother that there is a dark secret in the mortuary. Jody, Reggie and Mike discover that The Tall Man is from outer space and is transforming dead bodies in dwarfs to work as slave in his world. Now they decide that The Tall Man must be destroyed. Will they succeed in their intent?
“Phantasm” is one of the most weird and original cult movies that I have ever seen. The surrealistic and dreamlike story entwines horror with sci-fi with many twists and bizarre characters and situations.
I saw “Phantasm” for the first time on VHS in the early 80’s and I have just seen it again on DVD and surprisingly the film has not aged, only the clothing, the hair style and the special effects. But for fans like me, it is still attractive and entertaining. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): “Fantasma” (“Phantasm”)
Imaginative, Bizarre, And Thoroughly Entertaining.
“Phantasm” is about a young teenager, Mike, who just recently lost his parents. He is worried about losing his older brother, so he follows him everywhere, including a funeral. While hiding in the bushes during the funeral, Mike sees “The Tall Man” (played by the creepy Angus Scrimm), the man who runs the funeral home, pick up a casket by himself. Mike begins spying on the man afterwards, fascinated with uncovering the strange events surrounding the funeral home. While investigating, Mike discovers a strange world within the walls of the mortuary, including flying metal spheres with sharp arrows that drain the blood from your head, and many other horrors. Turns out, the Tall Man is from another dimension, and is taking the bodies of the dead and reincarnating them in his world for slaves. Mike teams up with his older brother and the local ice cream man, Reggie, to stop the Tall Man’s gruesome work.
I remember my mother telling me about how much “Phantasm” scared her when she was a teenager, and she rented it one day and I watched it along with her (I was about nine or ten at the time), and it was genuinely one of the most bizarre movies I’ve ever viewed. Written (as well as directed) by Don Coscarelli, “Phantasm” has become something of a horror classic over the years, and deservedly so. Coscarelli’s writing here is so unique that it hurts. Everything in this film is surreal and dreamlike, and the entire plot line is so out there that I can’t think of another film that can quite compete in terms of strangeness. But, despite it’s strangeness, this movie works, in it’s own, weird little way. The script is solid and the characters are believable (there are some real-life situations thrown in as well, so there is some sort of viewer-character connections that can be made), even though about ninety-nine percent of this film is something of pure fantasy. But it’s quite a scary fantasy, and that’s for sure.
There are many elements in this film that have become somewhat legendary, among them being the murderous silver spheres and The Tall Man’s “Boyyyyy!” line. The thing is, among all of the randomness that is “Phantasm”, this is quite a terrifying movie. A dense feeling of helplessness and foreboding is hiding in every scene, and the cinematography and locations add to this quite a bit. The imagery is bizarre and often very spooky, and the settings are perfect (especially that creepy old funeral home). The viewers themselves are easily caught up in the engrossing story, and the atmosphere is very scary. Michael Baldwin plays our lead hero well, with Reggie Bannister as the ice cream man, and Bill Thornbury as Mike’s older brother, Jody. And Angus Scrimm plays his signature role as The Tall Man, and his presence alone makes this film scarier than most of it’s genre. And then there’s the score to the film, which is equally as effective and just as chilling. The film concludes leaving many questions open-ended and unanswered, but honestly – can you really expect genuine, fulfilling answers when the movie itself is so strange? I think it’s good that this film does leave some loose ends, because it goes along with the movie’s overall feel.
Bottom line – I don’t think this movie is for everyone, and it might be just a little bit too weird for some. Honestly, one of the strangest, most out-there films I have ever seen, but in my opinion, that’s a good thing. The story is strange but well crafted, and the bizarre imagery and atmosphere make this a painfully unique, scary experience. I can see why “Phantasm” has become such a classic of the genre. For me, this film remains a nice little piece of spooky and original nostalgia, and I’m glad my mom decided to scare the daylights out of me with it at such a young age, because I grew to love this movie later on. 10/10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min)
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi
Director Don Coscarelli
Writer Don Coscarelli
Actors A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester
Awards 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Production Company New Breed Productions Inc.
Sound Mix Mono, 4-Track Stereo (Visurama)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (processing), Metrocolor, Culver City (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm