Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead
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This third entry in the Phantasm series is the poorest of all. This time, Mike (Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Bannister) meet some new friends and join up with Jody (Bill Thornbury) from beyond the dead in their quest to stop the "Tall Man" (Angus Scrimm). The film has good special effects -- and Scrimm is at his best here -- but it answers all the wrong questions and not enough of the right ones.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Has none of the surrealistic excess that made the first movie such a genuine delight, and managed to save the second one from itself."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Sure, there's still the '71 Hemi 'Cuda and the four-barrel shotgun, but it's not enough to get past nunchucks and biker zombies."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Falls back on mystery-sapping exposition."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Don Coscarelli outdoes the humor of John Hughes in what feels like a more honest version of the gleeful sadism in Home Alone."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"The first film is like an actual nightmare, whereas the sequels feel more like someone's garish descriptions of a nightmare."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"It's all fairly absurd, but Coscarelli retains his enthusiasm and imagination with a healthy sense of ridiculousness."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"don't really get it"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
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