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Mike is released from psychiatry, when he agrees with the doctors that the terrible happenings in his past were just in his imagination. But once he's free, he contacts Redge and they team up to hunt down and eliminate the "Tall Man", who plunders the graveyards and steals the corpses with help of his terrible dwarfs. A beautiful strange girl starts to appear in Mike's dreams. He assumes she's in danger and needs their help - will they find her before the Tall Man can do her any harm?Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
The film's $3 million budget was 10 times larger than that of Phantasm (1979) and the biggest one in the entire series. See more »
(at around 1h 16 mins) When the Tall Man's sphere lands on one of the henchman's hands, pinning it against the door, the long thin black wire which guided it to his hand is visible attached to the sphere, running off-screen. See more »
Mike tells me that it might take us years to find The Tall Man, and if we do, we'll probably die. Well, maybe. But not without a fight.
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Final credit (copyright notice): "...violators will face severe civil and criminal penalties and the wrath of the Tall Man." See more »
Television version is very heavily cut and removes nearly all the gore. Differences in Television version are:
When Mike storms into the Embalming Room in the old abandoned Mortuary, the dead Woman's body has a cloth sheet over her.
The Worm creature instantly pops out of the fake Liz's back and the scene where he crawls out is completely cut.
Father Meyers' sphere attack is almost completely cut. The shot of his ear flying is removed as is the drilling on his head.
Alchemy doesn't remove her top when walking up the stairs with Reggie.
When Reggie & Alchemy are having sex in the room in the abandoned Manor, Alchemy has a top on and the shots of her in her panties are completely removed.
When Mike & Reggie are chasing The Tall Man in their car and Reggie points his 4-barreled shotgun at The Tall Man in his Hearse, Mike hollars "Shoot Him!" instead of "Shoot The F**ker!"
The shot of the Caretaker burning to death in the Furnace is cut completely.
The silver sphere drilling the Caretaker's hand in the Hallway is also cut.
The gold "Ripper" sphere sawing it's way into the Caretaker's back is cut. However, we do see the gruesome shot of the drill in his mouth after Mike pulls him back.
The Tall Man's death is cut very heavily. The shots of his skin peeling off and his eyes exploding are completely removed.
When I saw PHANTASM in a theater in 1979, I liked it so much(9*), I went back a week later and saw it again! I missed Phantasm II while I was living in Colombia, So I decided to take a delayed-by-25-years look! My psyche was all set to enjoy PHANTASM II to the max! I hadn't seen much in the horror/terror genre in recent years, because I really don't like the direction the genre has been going in throughout the past 1/4 century. 8 to 9* was what I was hoping for...I was somewhat disappointed, but will give it 7*.
Let's talk about P-2 for a moment...The whole film is based around sustaining a mood of imminent danger, a foreboding atmosphere. If you agree to go along with it, providing suspension of disbelief, you'll probably get a nice kick out of P-2. IMHO elements of the film, music, sound effects, lighting, pacing, etc., all contribute well to that end. So if you are genre-friendly, let's bump my 7* UP to 8*! If the horror/terror genre usually isn't your cup of tea, well let's round DOWN to 6*...Fair enough? In this case, I'd say having seen the original PHANTASM would add tend to add a Star to rating P-2, so it does help, but isn't absolutely indispensable.
I really had forgotten how much gruesome gore there was in the original. There's probably even more here, but a lot less than in recent offerings, undoubtedly influenced by PHANTASM 1 and 2, like the SAW franchise (YECH!) As is typically the case in "B" movies, the acting and dialog usually leave a lot to be desired, but, hey, we don't watch these scouting for potential Oscar-nominees, now do we?!? Bottom-line: ALL of you who are, or have been horror/terror film buffs; a semi-cult classic you won't want to miss, or that you'll want to REDUX! If not in the above group...MAYBE NOT!
In either case...ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!
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