Phantasm – 7

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Director – Don Coscarelli

Cast – A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, Terrie Kalbus, Kenneth V. Jones

Release Year – 1979

Reviewed by John of the Dead

I’m really quite surprised that it took me so long to view this flick.  I must have passed it over 100 times at local rental stores over the years, fully aware that this film is one of the genre’s most well-known flicks.  Well I finally got around to viewing this piece and I can see why it has a good following in the horror realm.  This flick was a fun watch and showed that even with a very low budget you can still make a positive and creepy horror flick.

This flick follows a young teenage boy named Mike, who has recently lost his parents and is deathly afraid of losing his older brother too.  His insecurity gets the best of him and he begins to follow his brother around, ready to protect him from all harm, and upon doing this notices the creepy mortician(the Tall Man) at the local funeral parlor doing some very odd things.  He decides to investigate the Tall Man and eventually gets too close to what he is up to, opening himself and those around him to the arsenal of deadly weapons and evil dwarves at the hands of the Tall Man.

I was surprised at how cool this flick is.  I personally thought the experience was going to be a better one(my expectations were a bit too high) but I still found this flick to be a fun watch.  A lot of cool scenes were thrown into this film and it helped keep my interest when the flick began to drag slightly at times.  We get some cool live-action effects as well, especially the scenes involving the undead grabbing at somebody from a few random places, awesome stuff for sure.

The story for this film is an interesting one overall, however a lot is left unsaid at the end.  We get a bit of interesting background involving the dwarfs, but nothing when it comes to the origins of the Tall Man.  Sometimes I understand certain backgrounds not being explained, such as with Michael Myers, but in this film’s case I think background information on the Tall Man would have helped this film.  He was a bit too mysterious, so as to the point that I was a little uninterested in his character because of the lack of background.

Overall, this is a positive watch that I recommend you check out if you’re looking for a fun watch that does a lot with very little.  This isn’t an amazing film, but it offers some cool creep-out elements and even some moderate gore.

Rating: 7/10


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