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Phantasm 3 (1994)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Don Coscarelli

Starring:
A. Michael Baldwin/Mike
Bill Thorbury/Jody
Reggie Bannister/Reggie
Angus Scrimm/Tall Man
PLOT-CRUNCH
The tall man is back, captures Mike and it's up to Reggie (Bannister) to save him. Of course he can’t do it alone so he enlists the aid of a bad arse sista and a sharp shooting kid.
THE LOWDOWN
I want to know what Coscarelli is smoking these days and where he gets it. This third installment is far from the fright fest the original was and concentrates more on comedy and camp. For me it didn’t work. We get a scene straight out of "Home Alone" and just as violent. We get a nun chuck wielding dike, kung fu-ing left and right. We get the ghost of Jody who inhabits a flying ball, this makes way for many "E.T." kind of moments. We get dumb dream sequences and a subplot about horny Reggie trying to nail Rocky that’s more interesting than the main plot. All this is fine and dandy but in a Phantasm flick??? Don’t work for me.

We do get to know more about the Tall Man and his tie with Mike. We get to know more about the flying balls but the flick walks away from horror and embraces fantasy and high camp. Shite, I felt like Angus Scrimm and his balls walked on the wrong set! Maybe he did, I mean what the hell are 3 stooges like zombies doing in a Phantasm flick? Maybe it was the wrong set and they filmed it anyways…

Phantasm takes a nosedive….
GORE
Typical flying ball hijinx, lots of yellow blood and some Zombie grue.
ACTING
A. Michael Baldwin (Mike) returns. Why? I don’t really know, I kind of liked James Le Gros as Mike. Baldwin doesn’t have much to do but when he does have something to do, he does it well. Bill Thornbury (Jody) does fine as the…flying ball?!? Reggie Bannister (Reggie) can play this part in his sleep. He’s the more interesting character here. Gloria Lynne Henry (Rocky) and Kevin Connors (Tim) do well as the butch and the kid, too bad both they’re characters are far from likeable.
T & A
Rocky’s nipple…
DIRECTING
The flick looks good but good looking shite is still shite! I also didn’t appreciate this sequel ripping off the ending of the original…kinda cheap…
SOUNDTRACK
Same effective score.
BOTTOM LINE
Phantasm goes the "Power Rangers" way. This film is not scary and runs away from its roots. Kinda of like what happened to the Nightmare series with part 3 and up…I want the Phantasm story to continue but please for the love of The Tall Man bring it back to horror. This new direction might work for some but it didn’t work for me…at all!
BULL'S EYE
The scene where the Cadillac hearse hits a rock and sails through the air was not scripted in that way. The car was supposed to go a short distance and then roll over. The director said that he wanted the approach at 17mph, but the stunt driver thought he said 70.
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11:59PM on 08/20/2008
I'm on the same page as Arrow,but I liked it a little more than he did-on repeat viewings.The camp just doesn't phit with Phantasm all that well.
I'm on the same page as Arrow,but I liked it a little more than he did-on repeat viewings.The camp just doesn't phit with Phantasm all that well.
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12:41AM on 01/14/2008

My One Main Problem With The Film

One of my main problems with this film was Michael Pearson.

I would prefer the actor from the second film, for one. Secondly, even going back to the original film's grown up actor, A. Michael Baldwin, his character went from kind of a rogue out to put an end to the Tall man in the second film to this super-vulnerable character in the third one, a man who spends 99% of his screentime either kidnapped by the Tall Man or having his head drilled by him while tied down to a table.
One of my main problems with this film was Michael Pearson.

I would prefer the actor from the second film, for one. Secondly, even going back to the original film's grown up actor, A. Michael Baldwin, his character went from kind of a rogue out to put an end to the Tall man in the second film to this super-vulnerable character in the third one, a man who spends 99% of his screentime either kidnapped by the Tall Man or having his head drilled by him while tied down to a table.
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8:41PM on 04/04/2007

Fair film

It's not a bad film in my opinion but you can definitely tell it was held back by its budget at times. The one thing I really disliked about the film were those stupid zombies. I think we could have easily done without their idiotic antics.
It's not a bad film in my opinion but you can definitely tell it was held back by its budget at times. The one thing I really disliked about the film were those stupid zombies. I think we could have easily done without their idiotic antics.
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4:29PM on 03/17/2007
This is one of the times where I completely disagree with Arrow. I thought this movie was almost as awesome as the second one. The only things I didn't like were the Jody-in-a-ball bits, as well as Rocky, she looked that hideous singer Grace Jones. Everything else kicked ass though. Sure it's a far cry from the atmosphere and creepiness of the original, but I still thought this was a good one to crack open a beer and rock out to.
This is one of the times where I completely disagree with Arrow. I thought this movie was almost as awesome as the second one. The only things I didn't like were the Jody-in-a-ball bits, as well as Rocky, she looked that hideous singer Grace Jones. Everything else kicked ass though. Sure it's a far cry from the atmosphere and creepiness of the original, but I still thought this was a good one to crack open a beer and rock out to.
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