Hi! New to this forum....
Just re-watched P2 after all these years. I'm suprised people love it so much- and I'm suprised it seemed so much better this time around than it did in 89/90 or whenever I rented the VHS tape. (and I'm VERY pleasantly suprised that there's a place online to discuss it!)
(WARNING: Spoilers, if one can have "spoilers" for a 20+y/o movie)
I consider the original Phantasm to be one of the horror greats- it's arguably the most original movie ever made. It's like a series of nightmares strung together with some big twists- P2 has some of that nightmare quality, especially when the 2nd Ball is chasing them.
Some background: the TV commercial for Phantasm 1 was one of the scariest things I saw as a kid: evil little "monks" who pounce on a kid's bed, a tall Undertaker, things popping out of walls and grabbing people, and a silvery ball with knives flying around through some surrealistic marble hallways. Can you imagine the impact on a 7y/o psyche?
I used to have half of these scenes in my nightmares- especially the kid's hand vanishing into thin air. Just from the 2 minute commercial(!)
I can see the whole Alien/Aliens comarison- P1 is horror, a walk through nightmares whereas P2 is almost action/adventure.
One thing no one's mentioned, could P2 have inspired the Supernatural TV series? Think about it- 2 dudes driving cross country in a muscle car, loaded with weapons to track down monsters. Sounds awfully familiar... So many scenes in this movie look like they were pulled straight out of Supernatural- only Phantasm 2 came first by over a decade.
Last edited by Sutekh (2012-06-22 23:31:16)