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Actors: Peter O'Toole, Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Liev Schreiber
Director: Joe Chappelle
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     1hr 36min

A heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat thriller with a hot cast of rising stars, PHANTOMS is the latest from master of suspense, Dean Koontz! Five lone survivors in a devastated town must face the unthinkable: a ferocious for...  more »


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Actors: Peter O'Toole, Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Liev Schreiber
Director: Joe Chappelle
Creators: Andrew Rona, Bob Weinstein, Dean R. Koontz, Enrique Cerezo, Harvey Weinstein, Joel Soisson
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Dimension
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/19/1998
Original Release Date: 01/23/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/23/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Tricia J. (triciaj) from ROCHESTER, NH
Reviewed on 6/14/2011...
I really like this movie if youve read the book you wont be dissapointed , a must for dean koontz fans. Well known actors that get the job done right.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Matt F.
Reviewed on 4/6/2010...
Decent little "ancient evil takes over a small town" horror flick that starts off with great potential and winds up a balled-up mess. I'll recommend it for he early atmosphere, but don't expect it to hold your attention for the entire duration of the movie.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kara B. (Kara) from TALLAHASSEE, FL
Reviewed on 12/5/2009...
Lots of action and hard decisions to be made throughout this one! Great thriller!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Nick H. from ALTON, IL
Reviewed on 8/21/2009...
A great monster movie. What made all the people in the small town in the Colorado mountains disappear? What is stalking the town? A female doctor (Joanna Going) and her younger sister (Rose McGowan) have to find out because they're stuck in the town and could very well be next. Read the Dean Koontz book, somewhat reworked by Koontz for the screenplay. Excellent cast, excellent thriller, great creature, a gratuitous horror-style ending I prefer to ignore.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Affleck was the bomb in phantoms.
Ryan Costantino | 09/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Word, b****, Phantoms like a motherf***er!"
Good Adaptation
C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 09/30/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I think this is a good adaptation of Dean Koontz's book. As for scary, anyone that thinks "The Village", "Final Destination", "I Saw What You Did Last Summer", or "Blair Witch Project" are scary but think that "Phantoms" is bad, you just don't have a clue. The suspense slowly builds with no clear goal of how to destroy the creature. Excellent music helps build the suspense. If anything is lacking in the movie, it is the creature.

The creature is not quite as good as it could have been with a larger budget. My guess is they didn't want to spend alot of money on CGI. It is still well done and the acting is definitely good. The directing, camera work, and sets are good too. The camera work reminded me of some of Hitchcock's work. All-in-all certainly worth more than the five dollars and ninety-nine cents I paid for the DVD."
Phantoms (1998)
The Tweeder | Indianapolis, Indiana | 12/31/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Director: Joe Chappelle
Cast: Ben Affleck, Peter O'Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Liev Schreiber, Nicky Katt, Clifton Powell.
Running Time: 91 minutes
Rated R for science-fiction violence, gore, and language.

Dr. Jenny Pailey (Joanna Going) is bringing her younger sister, Lisa (Rose Mcgowan), home from L.A. to the small quiet town of Snowfield, Colorado. It's a peaceful environment to live in, with a population of 400, and the town has some nice ski resorts that make it a popular site during the summer. Upon returning, however, they discover everyone either missing or dead, with bodies that have a strange gooey look to it. They try to leave, but find their car and every other vehicle in town dead. Exploring further, they enter a bakery, where they encounter Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) and his two deputies, Shanning (Nicky Katt) and Stu Wargle (Liev Schrieber). As they look further into town, they discuss what could have possibly caused this massive disappearance and all these deaths. The mysterious cause behind this hasn't ended, however, and as the night progresses, Shanning is taken by an unseen presence. Hammond and the others must now try to survive the night and hope they can get off a message to the outside world of their plight.

"Phantoms", adapted and written by novelist Dean Koontz, is a surprise on almost every level. It's a well-made thriller from Joe Chappelle, whose only previous major credit was "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers", usually regarded as the worst of the "Halloween" sequels. He may have seemed like a dubious choice to direct this film, but he does a fine job, creating heavy doses of suspense through some clever uses in the small-town setting and the suggestion of an unseen force lurking around every corner. The film is overall scary, working best when you have no idea what's causing this terror. The unknown is far more frightening, and Chappelle wisely plays this fun material for all it's worth, creating many eerie sequences, such as a slow exploration inside a hotel, the creepy use of Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces," and an encounter with a giant moth that is positively heart-pounding. For approximately an hour, Chappelle keeps mounting the tension level in, throwing in a good amount of horror and suspense into the proceedings in a relentless manner. Dean Koontz's script is somwhat successful. He builds in some intriguing ideas that are never fully explored, but to his credit, he had budgetary limitations and had to work with a 96-minute running time. As a result, the pacing is often so fast, you'll probably wish the film was at least another 15 minutes long. The script is sometimes heavily reliant on many horror cliches, including people walking into dangerous places alone, which is something a character in this sort of film should learn not to do; however Chappelle still handles these scenes remarkably well, creating suspense in certain spots when it often hasn't worked in other movies. There are also some lapses in logic, but they can be ignored rather easily.

The visual effects are quite good, such as the giant moth and the other strange creature designs. The setting is among the film's best assets. Smalll towns are usually great places to hide an unseen menace and this film pulls it off quite well. Many of the empty buildings, mainly the hotel and the police station, are great set-ups for some well-done setpieces. The cast is fairly good, and is one of the main reasons this thriller is moderately effective. The lovely Joanna Going is good as the film's strong female character. She brings dignity and class to her performance. Liev Schrieber and Peter O'Toole are perhaps the scene stealers, with their mostly successful attempts at humor. Schrieber is mostly over-the-top, and often creepy, while O'Toole is wry and sarcastic. It's a bit odd to see such a legendary actor in a film like this, but he plays the role in the right manner. The only weak link in the acting is Rose Mcgowan, who seems more suited for jokey, "hip" horror films rather than a serious one, and she's sorely out of place here. David Williams' score is creepy and good in creating some tension. It sounds somewhat derivative of the works of Ennio Morricone, but it still blends well into the film. The score is mostly a series of repeating notes, but it actually never becomes a slight annoyance, like John Carpenter's repetitious score in Prince of Darkness. The final scenes is among the movie's flaws. It's slightly darkly humorous, as it is intended to be, but this ending has been done so often, it's become rather tiresome by now. It's obvious Koontz has become influenced by far too many modern-day horror films. "Phantoms" isn't a classic film, since it has its own flaws and doesn't delve deeply into some interesting ideas, but it blends action and horror into a suspenseful and often scary mixture, with non-stop thrills and tension that keep the material fun to watch, even if the story's not always logical."