Halloween 2016: Phantasm II (1988)
Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm (1979) is a brilliantly-crafted horror movie, and a classic of the genre too, in no small part because it appears to operate on multiple levels of meaning and symbolism.
So Phantasm II is great to look at, watch, and experience…but not so great to think about deeply. If you can accept the sequel on those terms, it remains one of the most entertaining horror sequels of the last half of the 1980s, and one featuring a few superb sequences. The Tall Man’s denunciation of our faith is one example, and the view of small town America decimated by the Big Death Industry is another.