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Phantasm

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out Says

4 out of 5 stars

A sparkling newrestoration for this cult horror classic. By the early ’80s, the home video boom had fuelled a tidal wave of American horror. But with proper financial backing and almost total creative freedom, these films were a world away from the cheapo grit of the grindhouse: directors like Stuart Gordon, Frank Henenlotter and Don Coscarelli had the funding to realise visions which would have been impossible a few years before, resulting in some of the most idiosyncratic movies in the horror canon. ‘Phantasm’ is the film that kickstarted it all, combining inventive DIY horror with a berserk plot involving homicidal space midgets, heroic ice-cream men, flying spheres which drill into the brain and of course the terrifying ‘Tall Man’. Over the course of three wild sequels, Coscarelli expanded his bizarre universe in a variety of imaginative and deliriously entertaining ways – but the original set the standard. 

Written by
Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Duration:89 mins

Cast and Crew

  • Director:Don Coscarelli
  • Screenwriter:Don Coscarelli
  • Cast:
    • Angus Scrimm
    • A Michael Baldwin
    • Bill Thornbury
    • Reggie Bannister
    • Kathy Lester
    • Terrie Kalbus
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