Phantasm (1979)

Phantasm is a surprisingly artful and imaginative horror film, an impressive film for 23-year-old director Don Coscarelli who worked with a miniscule budget to create a small masterpiece. When Mike (Michael Baldwin) spies some sinister… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 14, 2001
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Strong point of the feature is that it's played for both horror and laughs.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's thoroughly silly and endearing.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Extremely gory. Horror fans should delight.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A spotty little horror movie, effective here and there through some appealing eccentricities.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the definitive '70s horror pictures, in the last few months before '70s horror got steamrolled into oblivion... a raw blast of sensory information.

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Daniel Etherington

With its blend of horror and sci-fi and crap and cool, and its deceitful story-line, Phantasm's certainly unlike other American films of the period.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Although enough of a cult favourite to spawn a trio of undistinguished sequels, this low budget independent horror movie is a surprisingly shambolic affair whose moments of genuine invention stand out amid the prevailing incompetence.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Passable in spots, it offers dumb fun and turns out to be one of the best films that Coscarelli ever made

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A film filled with unique, personal, witty, and, at the same time, terrifying imagery rarely seen in low-budget horror films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
Don Coscarelli's cult classic is admittedly disjointed. It's not quite the sum of its parts, but there are many individual scenes that are wonderfully… More
Drew Smith
There are so many ways of appreciating film. Initially, everything I saw was given a very typical "does it have a good plot/strong characters?"… More
Alex roy
This 1979 Cult classic is a very interesting Horror film with many creative ideas on-screen; Phantasm is a brilliantly constructed piece of work that is sure to… More
Anthony Lawrie
Not quite sci/fi & not quite horror. It?s an odd film that makes very little sense, has very bad acting and isn?t scary! Not sure why it?s a classic… More
Aj V
One of my favourite horror movies of the 70s, it's a surreal supernatural film with a surprising twist at the end. I loved it.
Greg S
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