Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Dollar Bin Film:Phantasm
By Eric Polk of anotherdescentinto.blogspot.com
Originally, I had planned for my comeback review, Black Sunday,Mario Bava's 1960 film featurning Barabara Steele. Sadly, I just couldn't get into it, but I'll try again at a later date. Instead, I plunged the depths of my Netflix Instant View and pulled out Don Coscarelli's 1979's Phantasm.
The story centers around two young men(Michael Baldwin,Bill Thornbury) noticing alot of strange deaths taking place in their neighborhood. They are joined by an odd ice cream man,Reggie(Reggie Bannister, seriously that's his real name)in their suspicious that the town mortician a.k.a. The Tall Man(Angus Scrimm) is person responsible for the killings.
Meanwhile,the younger man,Mike, relays his concerns to a fortune teller and her granddaughter about the possibilty of his brother, Jody,leaving town,along with his suspicious of The Tall Man. He is told to put his hands in a black box. After the box grips the boy's hand in a deathlock, the fortune teller tells him not to panic or be afraid which he does.
Soon, Mike is pursued by The Tall Man's minions including(and this made me laugh)little people dressed like Jawas from the original Star Wars movie. Turns out these people are actually made from bodies from the recently deceased.
After Mike convinces Jody and Reggie what happened, they wind up in a mausoleum which is the gateway to another dimension.
I have mixed feelings about this film. The bad stuff seems to me, yes the little monsters. I couldn't help but sing the Dink-Dink song from Spaceballs and make Jawa noises everytime they appeared. The ending was a great, big "F---You" though there were three more sequels to this movie. What I loved was The Tall Man,he was a genuinely creepy bad guy and The silver ball which made for a great death scene. Then, there is the psychological tension that comes and goes.
Overall, despite being #25 on Bravo's List of the 100 Scariest Movies, it's only good not great. Now if you'll excuse me, the funeral is about to begin!
Posted by Rhonny Reaper