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Phantasm 1979

  • Don Coscarelli
  • March 28, 1979
  • 88 mins
  • English
  • Horror
If this one doesn’t scare you, you’re already dead.
A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.


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I don't get the hype. It didn't succeed on any level.

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This one has a sort of slasher style to it, considering it's from the late 70s. It has some nice shots of the set and environments. Much of the film was shot at night. The boy character is one to follow, and does a swell job of keeping me interested. Some of the female characters are attractive but are dumbfounded. I really like the music though. It definitely has that typical creepy tone with the simple loop and deep synth bassline. For a horror, it's a pretty neat concept, original, and well put together.
I'm getting to watch the Phantasm films from the beginning as I read that there's a new one on the way soon, which will be the final installment starring Angus Scrimm as the original Tall Man.

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BOY! This was a little bit weird, but it was a great horror film! I had a lot of fun watching it!

An alien that transforms into a woman to abduct people, then turn them into creepy dwarfs to be used as slaves in his home planet is weird but surely it is an original story.

The acting, a little bit forced sometimes, and the special effects might not be the greatest things but the atmosphere is great and the plot make it be a fantastic classic horror!

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We all have bizarre nightmares... The film looks a little messy sometimes but at the end everything makes sense. Sometimes things in our dreams are confused and don't make a lot of sense. All of our fears and frustations are always present in our mind when we dream about something bad and I think that's what this film is trying to pass through.

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