Saturday, 14 May 2011

Phantasm 2 ( 1988 )

Written by Happywax  May 2011
Rating 8 out of 10

Director   -   Don Coscarelli

Reggie Bannister   -   Reggie
Angus Scrimm      -   The Tall Man
James Legros       -   Mike
Paula Irvine          -   Liz
Kenneth Tigar      -   Father Myers

Hey all you silver sphere lovin freaks, Happys back in the dungeon tonight after a week long hiatus and tonight i'm bringing you another chapter of the under rated but seriously awsome Phantasm series,Phantasm II, with its robed, evil midgets and flying mini-saw wielding spheres, is a film that delivers the goods. We've got a chainsaw dual, cool characters in the Reg-man, Mike, and the Tall Man, and a hell of a lot of action!! Right from the opening title when you hear the atmospheric theme (which is amazing by the way), the tone is set and you know you're in for something special.

"Mom always said , don't chew with your mouth open !"
With the help of some dark and fantastical imagery, the story is laid out. Mike and Reggie are hunting down the Tall Man, a mysterious undertaker from another world who plunders graveyards and carts the dead off to be crushed into evil slave midgets. The movie strikes a chord with some of its imagery, especially those of embalming. What better way to be reminded of your mortality than to see a cadaver having his mouth sewn shut, and later another being drained of his blood and pumped with chemicals? Perhaps the Tall Man sums it up best when he says, "You think when you die you go to heaven? You come to US!!" It may make you uncomfortable to think about such things, but that is the point, at least partially.

"Why is mine so small compared to his !!??"
Don't get up to get a drink or a snack on this one either. The movie has such a quick pace, you'll be left behind and might miss one of the many memorable scenes: Reggie and Mike walking through an empty graveyard, Father Meyer's encounter with a sphere, the quad-barreled shotgun, or the aforementioned chainsaw dual!!

All in all, Phantasm II is a film that surpasses its predecessor (itself a classic) and takes you on a 90-minute roller-coaster ride. It's fun, action-packed, and above all, highly entertaining.

Happys Check List

Robed demon midgets - check
Multiple brain drilling spheres - check
boobies - check
A Kick-ASS chainsaw dual - check
chloraphorme injected face melter - check
High speed car chases with a hearse - check
THE TALL MAN - check
Oh and did I mention the 4 barreled sawed off shotgun - DOUBLE CHECK
                           Don't forget to check out the trailer below

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