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Phantasm II

; Cameraantasm II is an utterly unredeeming, full-gore sequel to the original nine years earlier. The special effects horrors run amok here, with slimy, hissing apparitions constantly erupting from the bodies of the afflicted.

; Cameraantasm II is an utterly unredeeming, full-gore sequel to the original nine years earlier. The special effects horrors run amok here, with slimy, hissing apparitions constantly erupting from the bodies of the afflicted.

Story involves the morbid obsessions of two psychically connected teens, Mike (James Le Gros) and Liz (Paula Irvine). The pair are tortured in their dreams by The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm, reprising the role), a ghoulish mortician who wreaks evil via flying spheres that carve up people’s faces.

Working out of his Morningside Mortuary, The Tall Man robs graves and hauls away corpses via a band of dwarves whose costumes look suspiciously like those of the Jawas in Star Wars.

All of this might be a hoot if molded in the right spirit, but in writer-director Don Coscarelli’s hands it’s incredibly morbid and meaningless.

Phantasm II

  • Production: Universal. Director Don Coscarelli; Producer Robert. A. Quezada; Screenplay Don Coscarelli; Camera Daryn Okada; Editor Peter Teschner; Music Fred Myrow; Art Director Philip J.C. Duffin
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 90 MIN.
  • With: James Le Gros Reggie Bannister Angus Scrimm Paula Irvine Samantha Phillips