The Tall Man is back with a vengeance in Phantasm II, the second chapter in the cult classic Phantasm series! Released after seven years in a mental hospital, Mike convinces his old pal Reggie to join forces with him t... more »o hunt down and destroy The Tall Man once and for all. Mike?s visions lead the two to a quiet little town where a horde of flying killer balls aim to slice and dice their gruesome way through each of them. Exploding with special effects, unparalleled thrills, horror and suspense, Phantasm II climaxes with a blood-curdling conclusion that you have to see to believe.« less
Seven years after the original "Phantasm," lone survivors "Mike" (fresh from a stint in the psych hospital) and his buddy "Reggie" hit the road in search of the mysterious mortician known as "The Tall Man," who's set up shop in a new town. Big guns, flying metal spheres, gooey yellow stuff, chainsaws, midgets, and gore eventually follow.
"II" is faster paced and more action packed than the first film, but the story is still a muddle, soooo... I think I'm about done with this series.
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Needs to be on DVD!
Sean L. | Twin Peaks, USA | 01/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In a time where masked slashers ruled the eighties, seeing a horror film as original as PHANTASM II was a rarity. Here we have a sequel that not only is equal to the original, but completely reinvents itself from the ground up with quicker pacing, scarier visuals, and an all-around more polished production.Yes, the first PHANTASM is a classic, and in the tradition of ALIENS, here we have a radically different- yet equally satisfying- action/horror romp. So why no DVD?!?We all like to complain about what films aren't available on DVD, but I feel stronger about this flick than any other. If only good ol' MGM would step in and buy the rights to 2 & 3 and put together a nifty box set."
Universal should be ashamed of their treatment of this film.
Gregory Holmes | 09/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The long and outrageous wait is over and we FINALLY have PHANTASM II on DVD in region one. Universal knew that fans were in a frenzy to get this one and they also knew they didn't have to bother doing anything more than a bare bones release. Fans would buy whatever version they decided to throw our way and they did the LEAST amount of work on this they could get by with. What we got was a good looking anamorphic print of the film and an unimpressive STEREO soundtrack. Thats right, only 2 channel sound (even though the other films in this series all got new Dolby 5.1 remixes Universal knew they didn't have to bother). There are NO EXTRAS on this disc (other than one faded and dirty copy of the trailer). No cool animated menus, no commentary track, deleted scenes, making of features, retrospective documentary, cast interviews, NOTHING. All of this material is available and is on the worldwide releases of this film but the North American market gets ripped off by Universal. It would be so nice if they would allow Anchor Bay to do a decent release of this remarkable film but sadly it looks like that will never be a reality for the region 1 poplulation. Still...we do at least now have the film on DVD and the anamorphic transfer looks far better than my old pan and scan VHS copy. Even my laserdisc copy was pan and scan so this is a nice improvment. I sort of like the new cover art for this release as well although Unviersal even went super cheap on the flimsy, light weight keepcase this came in. They really should be ashamed of themselves for holding the film hostage all these years and then giving us such a no frills version when they finally decided to release it. Its a great film and an impressive follow up to the original film and it deserved so much better than this."
Reggie Bannister & Angus Scrimm are back.
James McDonald | Southern California | 09/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This second Phantasm begins where the first film, PHANTASM (1979), left off and takes you seven years later. In real time it was nine years before they finally made this sequel. That is why everyone looks more mature. James Le Gros takes over as "Michael" for this film only. But A. Michael Baldwin can be seen in flashbacks. Reggie Bannister and the Tall Man Angus Scrimm are back and so are those deadly silver spheres. I'll keep the plot a surprise for you, but this sequel is more big-budget. They go all out for this one and is very enjoyable if you like suspense, horror and more gore.
Funny sex scene. If James Le Gros looks familar, twelve years later after this film, he had a regular role in the tv series "Ally McBeal" in 2000-2001.
Followed by: PHANTASM III (1994). PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION (1998).
***Update: February 2010. Phantasm V is still on the wish list."
PLEASE release Phantasm 2 & Phantasm 3 on DVD !!!!
Michael Balazki | Petaluma, CA USA | 12/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I was younger I saw Phantasm one night on T.V. when I was flipping channels. You know, one of those nights when it's late, it's the weekend, you feel good, and you're all alone and all you want is to see a movie that makes an impact on your life somehow. Phantasm IS one of those movies. It is, to me, the impidimy of what a horror movie should be. Graveyards, darkness, fog, monsters, evil powers, zombies that are actually scary, and a sweet 1971 Hemi-Cuda. The "ball" is the most revolutionary idea to come to horror movies. I was so excited after seeieng it I went to the video store and to my sheer pleasure, there was part 1,2, and 3. Each one takes up from where the last one ended. I absolutely LOVE the Phantasm series more than any other series. I feel as if the series was taylor made for me. It touches a primal fear in me that is both scary and exhilerating. The Tall Man is so cool !! The flying ball(s) and the sound they make is Phantastic !! I couldn't care less who owns the copywrite to the series. Yes, I adore Mike and would've loved to see him in part 2, but, dammit, I want the BOX SET !!!!!!!! I know I speak for other fans. Quite simply, the Phantasm series holds a very special place in my heart. It is what movie making should be. Don, if you are reading this, thank you so much for bringing joy into my life. I'm sure you aware by now that you have quite a cult following !!"
SEQUEL WITH BALLS
Anton Ilinski | Moscow, Russia | 11/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don Coscarelli demonstrated his talent in first "Phantasm" and now he was granted a bigger budget by Universal Pictures. And extra money appeared to be quite useful. We got the same grim and atmosperic movie but with better special effects and more advanced technically. Money allowed to build beautiful and extended interiors, make the picture spellbinding, increase the number of killing spheres and expand the cast - therefore we got to see wonderful actors here like James LeGros as Mike and Kenneth Tigar as a charismatic priest. And although "Phantasm II" has a bigger calibre than the previous one it is still very atmospheric and claustrophobic. If the first was more of a little mystic film, the second grew up to be an action horror road-movie. And it served him good. As Don Coscarelli mentioned in his commentary track, you may like this film or not, but you will not deny the fact it's a film of great imagery. It is picturesque indeed. There are plenty scenes you can get pleasure watching, even if you had watched them separately, not in chronological order, not knowing the plot. "Phantasm II" is just beautiful. And it's not that slowly-paced as other "Phantasm" series, it's much more active and intense. This film of great imagination is one of my all-time favourites. I just bought the British 5-disc sphere edition. Guess soon it'll be released in America too."