The Tall Man is back with a vengeance in Phantasm II, the 2nd chapter in the cult traditional Phantasm series!
Launched after seven years in a mental hospital, Mike encourages his old buddy Reggie to join forces with him to pursue and ruin The Tall Man at last. Mike's visions lead the two to a quiet little town where a crowd of flying killer balls aim to slice and dice their gruesome way through everybody. Taking off with special impacts, unrivaled delights, scary and suspense, Phantasm II climaxes with a blood-curdling conclusion that you have to see to believe
Director Don Coscarelli's Phantasm II
revamps the horrible dreamscape of his 1979 cult classic for an unusual if energetic sequel that receives a luxurious showcase in this collector's edition Blu-ray. Produced nearly a years after Coscarelli's Phantasm
ended up being a surprise hit, the sequel picks up quickly after the events of the very first photo, with young hero Mike (James Le Gros, replacing A. Michael Baldwin), freshly launched from a psychiatric hospital however still plagued by dreams of the ominous, dimension-hopping Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and his legion of diminutive, grave-robbing henchmen. After reuniting with Reggie (Reggie Bannister, repeating his role from the very first photo), Mike takes to the roadway to stop the Tall Man with the aid of a young woman (Paula Irvine) with whom he shares both a psychic link and disturbing dreams, and an amusingly aggressive hitchhiker (Samantha Phillips). Phantasm II
strive to please a broad audience by blending the very first photo's moody spending plan surrealism with wide swathes of gory impacts-- much which focusing around the franchise's deadly flying silver spheres-- and touches of '80s-style boom-and-bang action. Serving a lot of palates in a single film is bound to leave one or more celebrations feeling slighted, and those who appreciated the upsetting environment of the very first Phantasm
might feel that it's been supplanted in favor of the more crowd-pleasing components. Coscarelli keeps the rate at a brisk clip and milks his trump card-- Scrimm's undoubtedly weird existence as the Tall Man-- for all its worth. The outcome is best described as Big, Broad Horror Fun, and produced adequate interest from the scary community to produce two additional (and lesser) follows up.
The single-disc Scream Factory discussion of Phantasm II compares positively to the fan-friendly product packaging of its previous releases (including Halloween II and They Live) with this Blu-ray edition, which includes both new and previously launched additional material. Among the features produced for the Blu-ray is the 40-minute Ball Is Back, which covers the film's conception and execution through interviews with Coscarelli and his main cast and team, along with test and behind-the-scenes video. There's likewise a commentary track (culled from a previous DVD release) featuring Coscarelli, Bannister, and Scrimm that highlights the trio's long-running and friendly relationship, along with the factors for not reviving Baldwin for the sequel (he would return for subsequent entries). A 2nd interview feature with special impacts developer Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) concentrates on his work for the franchise, deleted and alternate scenes drawn from both Coscarelli's own 35mm archive, and a work print of the film featuring mostly extended dialogue sequences, though a number of the photo's grislier minutes are likewise broadened. Brief featurettes on makeup and impacts and several stunt scenes ought to recognize to fans that have actually seen previous DVD editions, though die-hard Phantasm fanatics will be both delighted and entertained by the inclusion of a vintage instructional short film for Encyclopedia Britannica starring Scrimm (under his real name, Rory Guy) as Abraham Lincoln. Trailers for the very first three Phantasm photos, along with galleries of production stills and promotional art, complete this pleasurable disc. -- Paul Gaita
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