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The 21st successor to the role of Bengalla's resident superhero must travel to New York to prevent a rich madman from obtaining three magic skulls that would give him the secret to ultimate power.
it's really no wonder this thing bombed so massively. Billy Zane's performance is a stiff as his skin tight purple body suit and the whole thing has a "gee-whiz!" quality that was 1000% not cool in the angsty mid 90s. the movie seems destined for love by only the dollar comic book bin digging super nerdiest of the nerds. and god bless it for all of that. the movie has an innocence and sense of fun & the perfect level of camp that just isn't seen anymore. yeah, Zane is not good and if the filmmakers would have cast Bruce Campbell as originally planned the film might have been more a cult hit today.... but as it stands the Phantom still plays as a oddball good time.
Fully embracing its newspaper funny-pages roots, Simon Wincer's "The Phantom" is a entertaining, delightfully cornball, and surprisingly rousing superhero epic. Revolving around a purple-clad hero dedicated to protecting those in harm's way, the film revels in its source material's inherent silliness with a fully committed and earnestly charming sense of self. Making no apologies for its goofier sensibilities, "The Phantom" is an action gem deserving of audience affection.
Taking place in the 1930s, "The Phantom" revolves around the ghost who walks, a jungle-dwelling masked hero who leaves seclusion to slam evil. Also known as the Phantom, the ghost who walks finds himself working to prevent three mystical skulls from falling into the wrong hands.
The core story makes for a…
Rewatched this because my girlfriend loved it and Billy Zane as a teen - there's an adorable picture of her at 16 years old, Gothed out, holding a guitar, with a Phantom poster on her bedroom wall - and I was curious what insight it might give me into her early sexual development. She claims she just likes men with dark features, but the skintight purple suit and skull codpiece means...something.
It's funny, because Kit Walker barely qualifies as a superhero. He wears the purple suit, lives in a cave, rides a horse and fires a gun. It's funny, when comic book movies have become such big business, to remember how modestly scaled they could be not too long ago. I'll make no claims for the movie's greatness, but it was kind of refreshing to watch a superhero movie with puns, bosomy women and a mustache-twirling Treat Williams. Actually, most movies in any genre would benefit from the latter two.
It could be nostalgia talking because this is one of those movies I remember seeing in the theater with my dad when I was a kid but I enjoy this flick. It is over the top and cheesy but it is a lot of fun.
I think if they ever tried to make another movies of this, I'd like to see a movie that spans multiple centuries so we could see multiple Phantoms. Or maybe even a sequel with Billy Zane passing his mantle on to his son. I mean, it'll never happen but it would be a lot of fun. I mean, this one takes place in 1939. Have a movie where Billy Zane passes the mantle to his son in the '60s or early '70s. Then have a movie where that Phantom passes the mantle on to his son in the 2010s. This could totally work. It'll never happen but it could totally work.
As soon as I finished watching this it instantly earned a place on my list of favorite guilty pleasure movies.
The Phantom is like a strange blending of Indiana Jones, The Rocketeer, and Zorro and while he's not nearly as compelling as any of those characters, he's just so fun to watch. Billy Zane totally embraces the absurdity of this guy running around dual-wielding pistols in a purple latex suit, and turns in a decent superhero performance. Is it a great movie by any means? No...not at all really, but something about superhero movies that don't suck that came out before the whole superhero thing kicked off just makes me happy. It's more of a cheesy 90s action-adventure movie than…
Lol what the hell is this movie? Trying to be both a modern superhero film and an homage to old adventure cinema at the exact same time. I honestly can't help but enjoy something that's this weird though. There's a certain crispness to its udder convenience and ridicule.
Part of me wishes Hollywood would've gone ahead with the terrible idea of making a golden-age comics universe with The Phantom, The Shadow, Flash Gordon, The Rocketeer, and John Carter.
After seeing Billy Zane shirtless and in a skin tight, see-through body suit, I understand why my gay ass loved this movie as a kid. I even had a skull ring! Watch if you like bulges, ass shots, and campy villains.
(The Phantom, 1996)
Complete junk but as it gets older it seems so campy and actually more likeable as a kid I thought this was good as an adult it's a guilty pleasure!
Over acting and bad effects at their worst/best
edit: i forgot to write that the end credits for this are perfect. this is how credits should be done. throw some dope on it. give the audience a visual style throughout. similar to the beach in the jaws end credits.
phantom. shadow. dick tracy. indy. ill say darkman and robocop even though they are different than the others in terms of period but oh so similar in style. regardless. i fuck with 30/40s pulp made in the 80/90s so hard.
this movie is cheesy, the acting is bad, and some things just make little sense. the macro story, style, and concept is just too good for me though that i essentially look over anything that might be bad. this…
The unconscionably bad CGI is like a Rorschach blot for whether you think this is deadpan camp or incompetent deadpan camp.
I feel like the Phantom as a character was created by picking superhero attributes out of a hat. "Lives in the jungle... dad was murdered, sure... white horse, OK, we can work with that... weapon is guns... has a pet wolf? Bob, can we give him TWO animal companions?" Obviously this is mostly on the comic book writers, but the screenwriters here could have chosen to make the character more sensible and screen-ready. The fact that they chose adherence to the source material over storytelling logic is kind of endearing but it doesn't make the movie good. There's just no way to make the purple catsuit look cool or practical or badass in any of its settings. It's just as…
Lame and cheesy, masterpiece
"Do you realize how many laws you've broken?"
RIP the Silver Age of Comic Book Movies (1989-1999).
Suprisingly fun and competent pulpy serial adventure. Definitely lost some steam once they leave the jungle for NYC but still enjoyable throughout. Who knew!
Complete list. :-(
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Horror Movies and Comic Books, in that order.