Tall, Dark, and Dead – 64 – Phantasm

Title: Phantasm
Year: 1979
Director: Don Coscarelli
Leads: Michael Pearson, Jody Pearson, Reggie Bannister

Favorite quote: “That was no gopher!”

Thoughts: I actually arrived at the decision to watch Phantasm from a horror buff angle – as in, I’d never seen it before, and I figured it was time to digest yet another classic before I lost my horror cred. Once I read the film’s description, though, I realized that it might be a zombie movie, which meant I’d be killing two birds with one stone. Hooray!

I asked around on Twitter, therefore, “Phantasm: Zombies?” One of the people who responded was Mark Henry, author of the Amanda Feral series. In his opinion, Phantasm did include zombies, just incredibly weird ones. So I decided to view the film for TDD. By the end, I had to agree with him – if deadites qualify as zombies? Phantasm’s lurkers qualify as zombies.

This movie was kind of meh, though. Can someone explain to me what it’s even about? Maybe I didn’t watch it in the proper spirit? I can basically sum it up as, “Tall creepy guy has a bunch of midget zombie slaves made from dead normal bodies that he’s sending to an alternate dimension and then knife-ball comes back again.” Tada. I guess categories for this film include zombie slaves and use of dead flesh. That’s pretty much all I can do, is categorize it.

Links: Phantasm at IMDB
Phantasm on Wikipedia

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1 Comment

  1. Mark Henry
    Jul 20, 2010

    LOL. Just saw this clip. Now I’m going to have to watch all of them. Seriously, Phantasm makes no sense, however–and it’s a BIG however, when it came out (and yes, I saw it in the theater–The Village West in Lakewood, WA, as a matter of fact) it was sort of surreal-ly (word?) groundbreaking in that it wasn’t the 100th retread of Friday the 13th. Also, it had a kid as the hero and so we ALL wanted to go see it. Looking back, I see that it’s only frightening if you’re able to identify with the boy. Also, don’t you think it’s nearly Lovecraftian, or at least, influenced?

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