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Phantasm is a surprisingly artful and imaginative horror film, an impressive film for 23-year-old director Don Coscarelli who worked with a miniscule budget to create a small masterpiece. When Mike (Michael Baldwin) spies some sinister Jawa-like creatures stealing corpses from the local cemetery, he and his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) explore the mausoleum, where they find that the mortician (Angus Scrimm), a towering, emaciated figure with superhuman strength, has somehow bridged the gap between Earth and the afterworld and needs fresh corpses. Among the tools of his trade is a flying Swiss army pinball that bores into the skulls of its hapless victims then extracts their brains. Their allies die off one by one, until only the brothers are left to defend humankind against the nefarious "Tall Man" and his army of shrouded dwarves. While the film does contain a fair amount of graphic violence, the gore is never gratuitous and, relative to other movies of its day, is used rather sparingly. The effects are fantastic as is the highly stylized direction; the result is a memorable chiller with more than its share of genuine shocks. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

  • Release date:March 28, 1979

Cast

Bill Thornbury
as Jody
Reggie Bannister
as Reggie
Kathy Lester
as Lady in Lavender
Angus Scrimm
as Tall Man
Ken Jones
as Caretaker
Terrie Kalbus
as Granddaughter
Susan Harper
as Girl Friend
Lynn Eastman
as Sally
David Arntzen
as Toby
Ralph Richmond
as Bartender
Bill Cone
as Tommy
Laura Mann
as Double Lavender
Myrtle Scotton
as Maid
Susan Harper
as Girl Friend
Ralph Richmond
as Bartender
Terrie Kalbus
as Granddaughter
Ken Jones
as Caretaker
Laura Mann
as Double Lavender
Lynn Eastman
as Sally
Bill Cone
as Tommy
David Arntzen
as Toby

Crew

Don Coscarelli
Director
Don Coscarelli
Producer
Don Coscarelli
Screenwriter
Don Coscarelli
Cinematographer
Fred Myrow
Composer (Music Score)
Malcolm Seagrave
Composer (Music Score)
Don Coscarelli
Editor
Paul Pepperman
Co-producer
Paul Pepperman
Special Effects
Willard Green
Special Effects
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