1979 / 88 min. / R
Director: Don Coscarelli
Cast: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister

Rue Morgue Cinemacabre: PHANTASM w/ Skype Q&A from Don Coscarelli!


Rue Morgue’s CineMacabre Movie Nights promise the best of classic and contemporary horror at The Royal Cinema – once a month, every month.

“Very few horror movies are strong enough to be considered “great art” by uptight, fun-free, anti-horror movie scholars. THE SHINING and the original DAWN OF THE DEAD are on this very short list, but the ingenuity and unique mythology of PHANTASM earn its inclusion. The plot of this cerebral nightmare epic sounds like something that you’d find scribbled on H.P. Lovecraft’s bedsheets: A teenage boy discovers that an indestructible grandpa is harvesting the deceased. Grandpa transforms the dead into dwarves that will serve him in another dimension. Luckily, the local marijuana-loving ice cream man is willing to join in the battle against the paranormal retiree. Shotguns and shapeshifting take center stage as unholy darkness threatens to swallow the town alive, complete with flying metal murderballs. Writer/director Don Coscarelli creates an absorbing otherworld ruled by the “Tall Man,” on of cinema’s all-time greatest villains, and the unparalleled score will haunt you for decades. This is truly one of the most effective reality-liquefiers in horror history. It’s also the perfect Halloween mood-setter.”
(Zack Carlson/Joseph A. Ziemba)

Upcoming Screenings:

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