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Phantasm

Pic opens with 13-year-old Mike Pearson (Michael Baldwin), who foolishly disobeys his older brother's orders not to attend the funeral of a close friend who, unbeknownst to everyone, was really stabbed by a woman after the two made love in a cemetery. Mike hides in the bushes during the ceremony and later happens to eye the villainous tall man (Angus Scrimm) loading the casket into a car.

With:
Michael Baldwin Bill Thornbury Reggie Bannister Kathy Lester Angus Scrimm

Pic opens with 13-year-old Mike Pearson (Michael Baldwin), who foolishly disobeys his older brother’s orders not to attend the funeral of a close friend who, unbeknownst to everyone, was really stabbed by a woman after the two made love in a cemetery. Mike hides in the bushes during the ceremony and later happens to eye the villainous tall man (Angus Scrimm) loading the casket into a car.

Once inside the mausoleum, the fun begins, with Mike treated to a quite grisly murder courtesy of a futuristic flying silver sphere and the wrath of the tall man, who doesn’t cotton to the kid’s curiosity. Film then follows Mike, brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and company as they attempt to unravel exactly what is going on.

Strong point of the feature is that it’s played for both horror and laughs.

Phantasm

Production: Avco Embassy. Director Don Coscarelli; Producer D.A. [= Don] Coscarelli; Screenplay Don Coscarelli; Camera Don Coscarelli; Editor Don Coscarelli; Music Fred Myrow, Malcolm Seagrave; Art Director S. Tyer

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: Michael Baldwin Bill Thornbury Reggie Bannister Kathy Lester Angus Scrimm

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