Phantasm is one of the classic horror films that came out during the genre's rebirth during the late 70's. Fueled by the success of Halloween, Don Coscerelli created his own low budget horror with similar results. A nearby cemetery has some strange happenings going on. A young kid (A. Michael Baldwin) witnesses some creepy stuff and a mysterious figure he dubs "The Tall Man" walking around the yards. After a few scares and having to convince thoses around him about what he's just witnesses, his brother and an ice cream man buddy Reggie (Reggie Bannister) finally become aware of the new evil that has entered their neighborhood. Future trips to the cemetery brings them closer to horror that none of them could have ever realize.
Produced on a shoe string budget, Don Coscerelli made one of the most frightening and influential horror films ever made. Nobody knew how successful this movie would have been. It was such a hit that they made three more films. but the movie was plagued by problems with the M.P.A.A. and many of the gory scenes had to be toned down and re-shot. Still, this movie is very effective and one of my favorites. If you love smart and intelligent horror films, look no further.
The only reason I don't give this a +5 rating is Phantasm 2. 1,3 and 4 all have the same actors but the studio demanded that the adult Mike be replaced in 2 and Coscarelli had to do it to get the film made. Briefly, Phantasm is the story of a mortician during the Civil War who created a "dimensional fork" that allowed whatevers to get into our dimension. The story then gets very complicated, and I will NOT give away any more than I already have. All I will say is that The … more