Phantasm (Top 100 Horror Films) #TBT

Director: Don Coscarelli


Cast: Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm

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You play a good game, boy, but the game is finished. Now you die.

By the early ’80s, the home video boom had fueled a tidal wave of American horror. But with proper financial backing and almost total creative freedom, these films were a world away from the cheap grit of the grindhouse: directors like Stuart Gordon, Frank Henenlotter and Don Coscarelli had the funding to realize visions which would have been impossible a few years before, resulting in some of the most idiosyncratic movies in the horror canon. ‘Phantasm’ is the film that kickstarted it all, combining inventive DIY horror with a berserk plot involving homicidal space midgets, heroic ice-cream men, flying spheres which drill into the brain and of course the terrifying ‘Tall Man’. Over the course of three wild sequels, Coscarelli expanded his bizarre universe in a variety of imaginative and deliriously entertaining ways – but the original set the standard. 
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