Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)

AKA: Phantasm 3

Director: Don Coscarelli

Writer: Don Coscarelli

Composers: Fred Myrow, Christopher L. Stone

Starring: Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Gloria Lynne Henry, Kevin Connors, Cindy Ambuehl, John Davis Chandler, Brooks Gardner, Angus Scrimm

More info: IMDb

Tagline: If You Don't Get It This Time, He'll Have To Drill It Into Your Head!

Plot: 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.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

I dig this series and I like that Coscarelli is the only one he trusts to make it as the writer and director of all four entries.  The main theme is fun and it never gets old.  There's a lot to like with this one.  Reggie (Bannister) is fun and I dig his constant attempts to get it on with Rocky (Henry), but she isn't at her acting best (or is she).  The kid, Tim (Connors) is great.  His introduction is hilarious and it quickly establishes him as someone special and not one to be fucked with.  The inclusion of Mike (Baldwin) being able to get advice and instructions from his dead brother, Jody (Thornbury), was a nice touch. The ending follows the previous pictures in giving you something to scream about and give us hope that there's another sequel on the way...and there was, four years later.  Where the hell is the box set with all four flicks?  You can get them individually, all for under $30 on Amazon, but why not special set here in the States? 

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