Reviewed byRyan AchesonVote: 9/10/10
Would people give this film a break? It is an exercise in fear, that hasbeen realized quite fantastically (no pun intended). The humour is all laughout loud stuff, and the effects seem to induce more wincing than any gorefest I can name (shame I've only seen the cut version). The locations arebreath taking, the characters somehow more life like than they should be.It's no masterpiece sure, but it's a really good film. And heck Angus Scrimmbeats Robert Englund or Kane Hodder any day.
Reviewed bysgtkingVote: 9/10/10
The first 'Phantasm' was a great start for a series. The 1988 sequel'Phantasm II' was a satisfying continuation of the universe of theoriginal. But then, like after the first film, the series remainedquiet for a few years. The box office returns for II were a bit of adisappointment and critics were merciless in their reviews. But fansdon't care much about reviews and despite the first sequel's not makingmuch money, in 1994 series creator Don Coscarelli added anotherinstallment to the series and thank goodness for that. I love thesecond one, but was even more pleased with this one.
Pros: The cast and their performances are strong. Some humor is addedto the mix, a bit more than before, and for the most part it works. Thebest score since the original. Nice make-up and special effects. Thougha bit lacking in the scare department, there are still a few things togive you the chills. Pace is quick. Some beautiful shots of theMidwestern landscape. We get to see more into the Tall Man's scheme. Afew pretty exciting action sequences, like the car chase near the end.A return to the bizarre, almost dreamlike tone of the first film.
Cons: Still some unanswered questions. Again the final frame is a copyof the one in the first movie.
Final thoughts: I don't get all the hate for this movie, I think it'spretty darn cool, but hey to each his own. The first two are great andthis one helps keep it being a great little series that hopefully willcontinue for at least another sequel. 'Phantasm: Oblivion' is notterrible, but it's far from a satisfying conclusion. But more on thatlater.
My rating: 4.5/5
Reviewed byBaronBl00d (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 7/10/10
Phantasm III keeps its promise of continuing with the Phantasm storyand the Phantasm characters. Mike and Reg are back - and so is Jodyfrom the first Phantasm. And let's not forget one of the creepiestscreen villains in the last 30 years - Angus Scrimm as the ubiquitousTall Man. This time around Reg and Mike continue to battle the Tall Manfrom the last scene in Phantasm II - eventually Mike is kidnapped andReg finds some new pals - an eleven year old that has holed himself upin his house whilst battling intruders and killing many of them as wellas a martial arts using woman with that Grace Jones look and the sizzleof speech that a film like this needs sometimes. We get the spheres,the mausoleums, the suspenseful, frightening scenes you know are comingbut still are ill-prepared for, and some imaginative script-telling anddirecting from Don Coscarelli. Phantsm III has all that one might lookfor in a sequel like this and keeps the Phantasm flame burninggloriously brightly. The acting is as always very solid. ReggieBannister is particularly good in his reprising role, and let's face itwhen Angus Scrimm says, "BOY!" that he makes even the most lithe heartbeat a bit faster. Some of the plot elements like the little elevenyear old are somewhat far-fetched as the three thugs in living andnon-living form became tiresome. The layout of the film with its vastempty towns and sense of decay in the American heartland as well as thehugely reverential-look given to the mausoleum showcase Coscarelli'sskills as a director with a wonderful eye for detail.
The Tall Man, that imposing menace from Morningside Mortuary, is back and once again haunting the thoughts of the now-adult Mike and his friend, ex-Ice Cream vendor Reggie. The two continue their hunt for the mysterious figure and in his path of destruction encounter a variety of dangerous situations, friends and enemies. They also must contend with the resurrected dead plus a growing number of the infamous and deadly silver spheres which aid the Tall Man as he sets his sights on indoctrinating Mike and finishing the fight begun so many years ago.