Phantasm II

Phantasm II

Streaming Video - 1988
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The Tall Man is back with a vengeance. Armed with his lethal band of flying silver spheres, the deadly mortician who was thought to have killed his last victim nine years ago, returns more dangerous than ever. Once again, young Michael Pearson and his pal Reggie take on the master of the killer orbs as they race against time and risk their lives to thwart his murderous rampage forever. Filled with a dazzling array of special effects, Phantasm II eclipses the original cult classic with unparalleled thrills, horror and suspense.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Pictures : Made available through hoopla, 1988.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 97 min.)) : sd., col.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 06, 2017

Because the first one left so many unanswered questions? It's usually a bad idea to make a sequel to a cult film (the "Evil Dead" series is an exception). And it's rarely a good sign when a sequel comes nearly a decade after the original. Don Coscarelli's "Phantasm" is one of the more bizarre horror movies, notable for the shiny, flying death spheres, Angus Scrimm's Tall Man, and an incoherent plot that borders on the surreal. Picking up after the events of the first, "Phantasm II" is a weird hybrid of horror and buddy road movie. 2 friends load up and try to track down the Tall Man, who leaves a trail of empty graveyards and ghost towns in his wake. Are the death balls back? You bet, and there are some truly grisly death scenes, as well as the introduction of the death ball cam. The acting is pretty terrible (including James LeGros in his first big role) except for Scrimm. Again, the plot makes no sense, especially the evil Jawa-like creatures. There's also a comically incongruous sex scene because, hey, the 80s. If you like cheapo horror, it has its bloody charms and a chainsaw fight. Amazingly, it was released by a major studio. Followed by a few straight to video sequels. I'm also a fan of Coscarelli's "Beastmaster."

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Nursebob
Dec 02, 2016

Set a few years after the events in the original Phantasm (1979) this disappointing sequel starts off as a z-rate monster flop redeemed somewhat towards the end by a campy B-movie finale in a creepy mortuary---a fine example of clichéd horror movie overkill complete with chainsaws and a homemade flamethrower (look for the sly “cameo” by Sam Raimi). But it’s all made palatable by some glorious overacting and director Don Coscarelli’s acute sense of his film’s many shortcomings; if audiences are going to laugh anyway then you might as well give them something to laugh at. The two male leads provide a fine pair of bumbling antiheroes while Angus Scrimm’s return as the cadaverous Tall Man is reason for cinema geeks everywhere to celebrate. And don’t worry, the subpar special effects will still satisfy the gorehounds---those little round flying Cuisinarts from the first instalment are back with a vengeance and an unfortunate incident involving embalming fluid and hydrochloric acid is worth a rewind. For a three buck rental you could do worse.

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SayuriA
Aug 15, 2016

are the discs lost for this? when i try to put it on hold it says "no copies available." Same with Phantasm III

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Aug 15, 2016

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