In the nightmarishly surreal Phantasm, the residents of a small Oregon town have begun dying under mysterious circumstances.
“Don Coscarelli’s horror masterpiece isn’t just creepy, funny and wildly entertaining – it’s weird. Deeply weird. Endearingly weird. Weird on the kind of wavelength that you don’t really see very often.” – Jacob Hall, Slash Film
Two orphaned brothers (Michael Baldwin and Bill Thornbury) and the world’s coolest Ice Cream Man (Reggie Bannister) decide to investigate the strange activities at the local funeral parlor. Soon, the trio uncovers the deadly truth about its creepy undertaker, a sinister character they nickname “The Tall Man” (the terrific Angus Scrimm), and they must stop his evil plans for world domination while also trying to avoid his misshapen minions and his wicked flying chrome killing device, the dreaded Silver Sphere! Written, produced, directed, shot and edited by Don Coscarelli at only 23 years old, Phantasm deftly mixes gothic horror, sci-fi, surrealism and a killer prog rock score into an adolescent fever dream that horror fans have never stopped worshipping. (Dir. by Don Coscarelli, 1979, USA, 88 mins., Rated R)