Phantasm ★★★★★

I had this rated at 4.5 stars and I’m so sorry, I don’t know what I was thinking because this is without a doubt a 5 star masterpiece of surreal nightmarish 70’s cinema and it has possibly the best atmosphere of any horror movie made during a time known for amazingly atmospheric horror movies.

I can’t remember the first time I saw this, but I think maybe the reason I didn’t give it the full 5 before was because I just hadn’t seen it in a while and I had sort of forgotten exactly how beautifully surreal and disjointed this is. Watching it during my heavy drug days was certainly a fun time, but it really didn’t help me in remembering, well...anything actually.

There are some major heavy Italian vibes during parts, especially that brilliant score. The whole movie is great, but that final twist is completely perfect. The Tall Man was a terrifying figure when I was younger and honestly he still creeps me out, especially during that damn perfect last scene. Perfect!

Can’t wait to revisit all the sequels because this whole series is good...and because duh they’re sequels.


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