Not another list of the last five Marvel movies, but an attempt at creating The Superhero List To End All…
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.
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.
I kind of remember watching Defenders of the Earth a few times as a kid and thinking The Phantom was the best character in it, and I was sure I'd seen this film before remembering it as so bad it was good, but absolutely nothing in it seemed to jog my memory.
It's all a bit shit actually :-(
Even the parts that should be really cool (in a geeky sort of way) like riding a white horse through the jungle whilst firing a pistol.. it's just.. bad. There didn't seem to be an awful lot of fun being had by anyone in the cast. The acting is really, really awful, to the point that my eyeballs instantly dried over…
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Billy Zane. Tight Purple Suit.
That´s literally all you need to know.
Flopped super hero film. Bit cheesy but well worth the watch. The super hero is not so much super. Just a guy good at parcour with a bulletproof suit. Lots of history, less action: most super hero movies have that the other way around.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
A whimsically simple story with a cast that do a serviceable job given the circumstances, there's some enjoyment to be had at this charming tale even though ultimately the story can't do more than retread done-to-death plots and unoriginal characters to end up with a very middling swashbuckling feature.
Cheesy 90's comic book movie, some fun moments and ok action but very dated.
I'm dying. It's so silly, i's freakin' hilarious.
My review -- this action/adventure/cultural film title is now showing on an Internet DVD rental and this title has an astronomical financial loss to its name of roughly $28 million. The basic storyline is this [the audience receives the basic background to this iconic individual that simply is known as The Ghost That Walks.] But to be a little bit more precise he has another name The Phantom, an iconic image that has been passed down from generation to generation that strikes fear into his enemies. This would be The 21st Phantom within its history and within this film he has one difficult job to do and it is to search out these three archaic skulls before they fall into…
A "superhero" movie from the time when superhero movies weren't just a popular trend, and they weren't necessarily all big budget mega blockbusters, and they didn't make millions and millions dollars.
I remember watching this when I was younger, but honestly...I don't remember when did I saw it. It was probably 15 years a go, more or less. For some reason I had the need to re-watch it, although THE PHANTOM was never one of my favorite (superhero) movies.
Well...THE PHANTOM is not a great movie, but its not a bad one either. Its somewhere in the middle...its OK, its harmless, kind of fun, slightly charming, but forgettable (its no wonder I couldn't remember when I watched this). Whats good…
Two biggest takeaways from The Phantom:
1) Never trust a man who keeps spears in his office.
2) There will always be nets on the pirate ship.
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There is something about super hero movies that I can never get enough of. I can even tolerate a bad…