Phantasm II

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The Tall Man is back with a vengeance in Phantasm II, the second chapter in the cult classic Phantasm series! Released after seven years in a mental hospital, Mike convinces his old pal Reggie to join forces with him to hunt down and destroy The Tall Man once and for all. Mike’s visions lead the two to a quiet little town where a horde of flying killer balls aim to slice and dice their gruesome way through each of them. Exploding with special effects, unparalleled thrills, horror and suspense, Phantasm II climaxes with a blood-curdling conclusion that you have to see to believe.

  • downward_spiral

    It is my fav of the series. Weird movie but not too bad.

  • Bloodcitydemon

    The Tall man returns! One of my favorite horrors growing up and one of the greatest icons. I don’t know anybody or true horror fan who hasn’t seen this film or atleast recognizes the tall man. This is a film that can go without saying it’s a must watch or see film. Go out get this and the complete saga and pray that one day this does became re-envisioned and becomes the Lord of the Rings of horror.

  • horroranime700

    The BEST Phantasm sequel! This was also the biggest Phantasm movie (budget-wise since it was a studio film.) Can’t wait till it FINALLY comes out in the US!

  • Omar Ramos

    Awesome sequel.Love those flying balls.Classic!

  • Kane Soto

    excellent sequel

  • Remember Slithis?

    This was a great,strange,and funny sequel to an underrated series of films.Angus Scrimm is one creepy S.O.B..The best special effects of the series too.Great popcorn flick to throw in with your freinds and enjoy the ride.

  • The Mighty Griff

    Glad to see this film finally makes it way onto the DVD format but very disappointed that it did not get more attention towards the extras. A classic film sequel to a amazing series …Just think the sticker price is a little to much for what the fan gets.

  • trickytreats

    Although not a great movie, it is much better than the original and it has some great action scenes.

  • TheBurning

    A good fun sequel.

  • bloodypacman

    Pretty cool. 8.5/10

  • victor crowley3

    the chainsaw fight was ridiculous. the nuts? really?

  • Nothing333

    Not quite as good as the original Phantasm, but still very entertaining and excellent. This movie further develops the Tall Man mythology and mixes in a little Evil Dead 2-esque splatstick. Definately the best of the Phantasm sequels and highly recomended.

  • man_in_mask

    Also very good.

  • Midnitekrawlr

    While my favorite phantasm in the series is still the first this sequel kicks major ass!

  • NOTTHEBEES!!!

    Definitely one of the best sequels ever made. The quad-shotgun rules. Phantasm 2, while still creepy, is a lot more fun than the first film. It’s over the top, gory, and did I mention that there is a quad-shotgun(automatically making Reggie the most awesome person ever)?

  • dannymyers

    This is an amazing sequel with improved effects and acting. Every great element from the first is used again terrifically. Definitely one of the best horror sequels ever made. Unfortunately, this movie didn’t do very well in the box office which made Universal pretty much forget about it. This resulted in the film only recently being released for the first time in 2009. It is very underrated and great. Check it out. 10/10

  • TheGonzoJoint

    It’s not easy having to review the sequel to a movie that you so passionately cherish, but here it goes. As it is, I have just started playing the theme from the original “Phantasm” so that the process of reviewing the sequel, “Phantasm II”, will be as painless as possible. I’m thinking that perhaps the music will put me in a sort of trance, making things easier on myself. Before I go any further, let me just say that I am not implying that this is a bad sequel – in fact, on the contrary, it’s actually a pretty good one by my standards – although when watching it, I was bothered by the fond memories that I had of director Don Coscarelli’s original masterpiece of the surreal and the macabre. This second coming came out just ten years after the first, thus a few of the returning actors have aged rather noticeably and the original has garnered a strong cult following, but Coscarelli hasn’t changed a bit.

    I admire Coscarelli. He’s an imaginative fellow; and in every interview I’ve watched regarding him and whatever film that has been made the subject, he seems like a very friendly and down-to-earth guy. Just recently I’ve watched an interview he did with actor Angus Scrimm on a T.V. talk show back in 1979, when “Phantasm” was just not getting its theatrical release. This interview can be found on the most recent Anchor Bay DVD re-release/restoration of “Phantasm”, and it’s easily one of the best I’ve seen. Knowing Coscarelli’s background makes it all the more enjoyable to watch one of his movies, and I think this interview certainly helped me to just take “Phantasm II” for what it is; a whole lot of dumb, ridiculous, gory fun. It’s not as good as the first film in the franchise (which has spawned two more sequels since this one), but on its own grounds, I’ve judged it fairly; and I had a really good time watching and admiring it in all its absurd glory.

    Picking up six years after the events of “Phantasm”, the sequel begins with a revealing flashback sequence in which Mike (Michael A. Baldwin) and family friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) look back on the events that occurred during the storyline of the first film, only for the notorious Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) to attack them once again. Fast-forward to now present day, and Mike (now played by James LeGrose) has been transferred to a mental institution, and is just now being allowed to return back home once again. Reggie’s home, that is. Once the two reunite and catch up, they decide the best way to make up for lost time, in their case, is to stock up on chainsaws/shotguns/blowtorches so that they may successfully hunt down the Tall Man and avenge Reggie’s house, which blew up in a fire when The Tall Man and his little Jawa-esque minions invaded it.

    There’s also a blonde-haired girl who Mike is having strange visions of; he senses that she is real, and that she also is aware of The Tall Man’s presence. So would most people, if they or their small towns lived to tell the tale (it’s said that you can tell where the Tall Man has been if the area is desolate and destroyed). There’s also a priest who gets his ear sliced off by one of those flying metal balls that The Tall Man controls, and a lady for Reggie too! A record number of scenes take place in morgues, funeral homes, graveyards, and creepy old houses. But this is a horror film by way of Don Coscarelli, and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.

    After “Phantasm”, Coscarelli decided to lay low for a while until he got enough money to make a more expansive and overall bigger version of his classic original. “Phantasm” was a low-budget horror feature in which Coscarelli had to make do with what resources he had, whilst this sequel has all the special effects that money can buy. It’s impressive and slightly maddening at the same time; Coscarelli is intelligent and gifted enough to work with these effects to create something that is stimulating for the mind and the imagination, although it’s also sort of sad to see him so detached from his usual minimalist/independent/low-budget style. But you know what…this is still quite solid. For what it is, “Phantasm II” could have easily been a lot worse; and yes, it’s a mess, but it does have a lot of what the original had, and more. Whether you will enjoy it or not is based almost entirely on what you liked about “Phantasm” and how much you liked those things. If you enjoyed the company of these characters – and can do fine without the presence of Michael Baldwin – then you will appreciate what the sequel has to offer.

    While this is clearly not the great film that “Phantasm” was, I still enjoyed a good portion of it. There are some noticeable flaws, and it could have used some polishing, but it makes up for most of its short-comings with some good laughs, some truly bad-ass moments, some solid performances, and great make-up effects. Also, the cinematography is both gorgeous and likably quirky, at times. Coscarelli has complete control over his vision with “Phantasm II” – with the themes of death and existentialism from the film being brought over to the sequel with some mixed but entertaining results – and it just boosts my confidence in the man. I believe that if he’s allowed to have fun, then he can do just about anything, even if he doesn’t have much to work with. This isn’t his best movie, but as a film that fulfills the desire to see images of pale corpses and mutilated human flesh, you’ll likely have a ball.