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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.
As a super hero movie, a pulp inspired flick and period piece this works way better than most dreck out there right now.
And proof - if ever there was one needed - that we don't need a fucking origin story every. single. time. a new hero gets introduced.
Or a mind (and arse) numbingly ridiculous running time of three hours.
I've seen worse
Considering its lack of personality in hindsight, perhaps “The Phantom” would have been better served betting the house on its old-school aesthetic. Let music swell on melodramatic waves. Break in with intrusive, giant-fonted supertitles. Place us under the care of a big-voiced narrator every 10 minutes or so. Cheesy? Sure, but bravely so, in a way that would have at least shouted an authoritative rebuke to summer competition and stood out as a bold outlier rather than a mostly blasé casualty.
Full review at The Film Yap: www.thefilmyap.com/movies/class-of-1996-the-phantom/
This is not a good movie, but it's so earnestly goofy that it really kind of won me over. If nothing else, there's no denying that Treat Williams is amazing.
Pulp movie. I liked it, it was perfectly fine .
These absurd adventure films based on 1930s newspaper comic strip characters seem to usually feature strong, tough minded women who act as the confidante and eventual romantic interest for the costumed crime fighter. They sure can throw a punch and wise crack better than the hero. This one is no exception.
Kristy Swanson is the right hook thrower. Billy Zane is the jungle island "The Ghost Who Walks' who fights pirates and does other derring do stuff in a skin tight purple suit. The second act takes place in 1930s Manhattan and involves magic silver skulls and a Howard Hughes/Donald Trump type of crazed murderous villain played in a pencil mustached 'chewing the scenery' turn by Treat Williams. It's also got Catherine Zeta-Jones as Sala, his right hand kinky assistant.
1996 Movielog #49, 51
The approach they took for this film was around a decade too late, and therefore never won approval from mass audiences, but being a fan of the character itself, I didn't mind. In fact, I still enjoy this action/adventure film, a nice cross between Indiana Jones and Batman. All the ingredients are here, and they pull of the time period convincingly - all except for whatever material they used for Zane's costume which is obviously something contemporary and not of its time. Zane is great in the lead, Swanson strong as the leading lady, with Zeta-Jones, Remar and Williams effective in the villain roles.
I hadn't seen this since the late 90's and put it on cause I couldn't figure out what to watch on Netflix. It's pretty fun, pretty silly, and the villains are just the right amount of over the top. I like how The Phantom has guns, but I'm pretty sure he just shoots stuff like ropes, or the swords out of people's hands, I don't think he ever kills anyone with them. It's a fun old times adventure movie that's suitable for most kids. It has the Indiana Jones vibe but without the darkness of those movies. I can see myself watching this again someday years from now.
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