Phantasm

release year: 1979
genre: cheap horror
viewing setting: home DVD, 2/27/00
what I expected: wasn't sure
what I got: generally silly horror with a few good parts

synopsis: Something's seriously ill at the local mortuary.

impressions: This was the epitome of low-budget horror...the kind that makes you groan in agony, yet years later you remember key elements. Examples: the flying metal balls with spikes and drills...the animated severed finger that later turns into a big fly-like thing...little hooded Jawa-like things successfully pulling off a carjacking of a VW Beetle. Ugh. I will say this: though the plot appeared to have been pieced together at random and with little sense of continuity, the director did get some things right: there were breasts and gore.

reviewers' quotes:
TM: "Wait a minute! A second ago, they were all deep inside the house, then the lights went off, and now they're outside? What happened?"
MR: "Who cares?"

MR: "It's like they got all the script pages shuffled."

MR: (as credits roll) "Have you ever gotten done watching a movie and you know you need to get up and do something, but your brain has turned to Jell-O and is running out your nose and you just can't move?"

acting: Pathetic, but that was part of the cheesy fun.

final word: Mildly entertaining, somewhat original cheap horror film. I'm curious about the sequels.

rating: C-

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