PHANTASTIC DVD BOX SET,
This review is from: Phantasm 5 DVD Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
Just bought this dvd box set ,its a great looking set - the slipcase has a lenticular / holographic picture of THE TALL MAN complete with flying spiked sphere on the front cover , 5 discs = all 4 movies + 1 bonus PHANTASM special feature disc ,each movie also has optional dvd commentary mostly with the director DON COSCARELLI + cult Phantasm star REGGIE BANNISTER.
First time I ever seen a Phantasm movie was in the late 80s - I was a member of Brittania video & Phantasm 2 was the editors choice ,in those days if you did not send the slip back saying that you DID NOT want the editors choice then it got automatically sent to you , I forgot to send my slip back & thats how I first came across these movies.Dont regret a thing though coz I love this set of odd-ball horror films - after watching PHANTASM 2 I was hooked ,after that I bought PHANTASM 1 and then accquired each movie as they were released on VHS - ah VHS those were the days , seems very very old fashioned these days lol.
The first movie ends very wierdly , dont want to spoil it BUT when you watch it you'll see what I mean , and that sets a trend - coz there is alot of weird kinda unexplained things happen in each of these movies , you usually end up with more unanswered questions - than you do answered questions, but dont let that put you off coz thats a big part of the appeal of PHANTASM ,theres plenty of gory horror scenes and also some great comedy in these movies , and I cant get enough of those flying killer balls , the balls get better and better with each movie as they become more advanced killing machines,love the new weapons that the balls accquire
The TALL MAN played by ANGUS SCRIMM is the ICONIC bad guy of these movies , In each movie he plays the part tremendously well , he is very menacing and very very hard to kill , The tall man is going through graveyards in America and turning the already dead into mutated dwarfs ,and in various guises he also picks people to kill so that he can turn them into said dwarfs , his process is to crush there large bodies into small deformed type bodies, which he then uses as slaves & henchmen to do some of his killing and dirty work ,actor REGGIE BANNISTER is one of the good guys, he is also in all 4 movies and he funnily enough he plays a character called REGGIE ( ironic I know ),he is great , and provides alot of comedy relief but he is also always in the thick of the action as he helps MIKE /actor A.MICHAEL BALDWIN hunt down the TALL MAN , Mike believes the tall man has taken his brother /Jodie and his parents and turned them into mutated dwarfs using his crushing process , Mike is trying to find them and put there living hell to an end - well thats the way the story sets out in the beginning but boy does it get alot more complicated - and I do mean ALOT MORE ,all 4 movies are full of surprises and they never get boring.
4 GREAT CULT HORROR MOVIES ..... BUY THE BOX SET - AND FIND OUT IF REGGIE AND MIKE SUCCEED.... AND DONT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE - YOU WONT REGRET IT