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This article is about the 1979 horror film. For the 1976 pornographic film, see Fantasm. For other uses, see Phantasm.

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Phantasm
Phantasm
A woman screams and covers her eyes, which are then superimposed over her hands

Theatrical release poster

Directed by Don Coscarelli
Produced by D. A Coscarelli[1]
Written by Don Coscarelli
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Don Coscarelli
Edited by Don Coscarelli

Production
company

New Breed Productions

Distributed by AVCO Embassy Pictures[1]

Release date

  • March 28, 1979[1]

Running time

89 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $300,000[3]
Box office $12 million[4]

Phantasm is a 1979 American science fantasy horror film directed, written, photographed, and edited by Don Coscarelli. The first film in the Phantasm franchise, it introduces the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), a supernatural and malevolent undertaker who turns the dead of earth into dwarf zombies to be sent to his planet and used as slaves. He is opposed by a young boy, Mike (Michael Baldwin), who tries to convince his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and family friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) of the threat.

Phantasm was a locally financed independent film; the cast and crew were mostly amateurs and aspiring professionals. Though initial reviews were mixed in regards to the dream-like, surreal narrative and imagery, later reception was more positive and the film became a cult classic. It has appeared on several critics' lists of best horror films, and it has been cited as an influence on later horror series. It was followed by four sequels: Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) and Phantasm: Ravager (2016).

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