Written and directed by Don Coscarelli
Happy 4th of July!! I have to work 12 whole hours today from 4 P.M. to 4 A.M.; so while my wife and her family are chowing down on ribs and hamburgers and hot dogs, I’m going to be slaving away at work keeping the world safe for humanity. Have you ever seen such cruelty? Somebody better bring me a plate of ribs.
Anyways, now that I got that off my chest I can get on to the task of reviewing this movie. But first of all I have a few questions. Do you expect me to believe that “Phantasm” is about two brothers that discover this weird funeral home where the ( I would imagine ) newly dead are compressed down to the size of Verne Troyer and stuffed into barrels to be sent to work as slaves in some otherworldly dimension?
Well, shit, if you say so.
Do you also expect me to believe that Angus Scrimm is this creepy Tall Man that runs the place and is hell-bent on turning the brothers, Jody and Mike, into Tattoo from “Fantasy Island” so they can be sent to be slaves in an otherworldly dimension?
Okay, I believe it. Hell, no arm twisting required here.
Finally, am I supposed to believe that the previously mentioned Tall Man is aided in his endeavors by this hot chick wearing a lavender dress who lures poor unsuspecting men to their destinies as members of the Midget Minority to be slaves in an otherworldly dimension?
What I am trying to say is that “Phantasm” is about as trippy a horror film as you’re ever likely to see. Any movie that tosses all the things our way that this movie tosses is worth a look in my book. “Phantasm” is scary fun and creepy shenanigans all rolled up into one believably unbelievable package.
All this and I haven’t even mentioned that creepy metal ball that flies around the mortuary acting like some sort of watchdog and drilling holes in people’s heads and siphoning out their blood. You don’t think that part would be too much to believe, do you?
The dwarves were played by children.
Title was changed to “The Never Dead” for Australian audiences as not to confuse it with the popular Aussie sex comedy World of Sexual Fantasy, which was also known as Fantasma.
Don Coscarelli rented all of the filming equipment used to make this movie, always on Fridays so he could use it all weekend and return it on Mondays, all the while only actually having to pay one day’s rental on the equipment.
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Posted on 07/04/2012, in Films Released in 1979, Movies and tagged Angus Scrimm, Arts, Don Coscarelli, Friday, July, Phantasm, Phantasm II, The Tall Man, United States, Verne Troyer. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.