Let’s take a look at the underrated horror franchise that is Phantasm. With five movies in the series spanning over 40 years, the series has done so much. Yet, not many people know much about the series. Perhaps some have seen the original, but never looked further.
The 1970s have given birth to several iconic horror franchises including Halloween, The Exorcist, The Omen, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jaws, Alien, to name a few. Often overlooked when we talk about horror franchises is the indie darling that is Phantasm, which would go on to become a cult classic film and franchise.
The Tall Man played by legend Angus Scrimm is shrouded in mystery. The original film did not dig into his backstory at all. Writer/director Don Coscarelli was initially inspired by a nightmare he had, which explains a lot of the dreamlike sequencing of the original film. We are introduced to brothers Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Jodie (Bill Thornbury) as well as their ice cream vendor friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister).
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