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Phantoms (1998)



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This adaptation of a Dean Koontz novel takes place in the small mountain ski resort town of Snowfield where 150 dead are discovered. Another 350 are missing. A doctor (Joanna Going) finds that Evil Incarnate is behind the tragedy.

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Peter O'Toole
as Timothy Flyte
Rose McGowan
as Lisa Pailey
Joanna Going
as Jenny Pailey
Liev Schreiber
as Deputy Stu Wargle
Ben Affleck
as Sheriff Bryce Hammond
Nicky Katt
as Deputy Steve Shanning
Clifton Powell
as General Copperfield
Rick Otto
as Lockland
Valerie Chow
as Yamaguci
Michael DeLorenzo
as Soldier Velazquez
William Hahn
as Scientist Borman
Robert Himber
as Scientist Walker
Bo Hopkins
as Agent Hawthorne
Robert Knepper
as Agent Wilson
Paul Schmidt
as Church Soldier
Dean Hallo
as Sergeant Harker
Clive Rosengren
as Commanding Officer
Luke Eberl
as Tunnel Boy
Rich Beall
as Security Guard
Yvette Nipar
as Cowgirl
as Phantom Dog
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

Until it coughs up a ridiculously convoluted explanation of why an isolated town in Colorado suddenly goes deader than a weekday matinee of The Postman, Phantoms delivers the shivers.

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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The movie quickly degenerates into another one of those Gotcha! thillers in which loathsome slimy creatures leap out of drain pipes and sewers and ingest supporting actors, while the stars pump bullets into them.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

...a fairly decent setup that's immediately employed to underwhelming and almost shockingly tedious effect by Joe Chappelle...

November 2, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The more the story and film unfold, the stupider "Phantoms" gets...

March 31, 2013 | Full Review…

The great thespian Peter O'Toole looks more out of place in this schlock pic than the rest of the cast, even though he's the best thing about this misfire.

January 31, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A dandy Halloween feature with a good needle-in-the-butt jump every five minutes or so

June 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Phantoms

"Wow! And not like wow, this was awesome. Wow like, OMG WTF did I just watch? I figured it being based on a Dean Koontz book and having Liev Schreiber, Ben Affleck, and Peter O'Toole in the movie, that this might be good. Jeez what a horrible mistake that was. The script, directing, acting, it was all bad. This is a mess of a film. I couldn't wait for it to be over. The story should have stayed on the pages of the book. The only thing entertaining was the bad acting. Liev did crack me up with his crazy ass laugh and his creepy tendacies. But besides that, I could have done without seeing this entire film."


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Sheriff Bryce Hammond: All right, enough. Sheriff Bryce Hammond: Enough! It's not a god, it's not a devil. It's just a fucking animal, and any living thing can be killed. Timothy Flyte: But this thing is what wiped out the dinosaurs! Which were pretty tough fucking customers! Phantoms is now one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Everything about it is a complete waste of time. The acting is complete shit. The dialogue is complete shit. The story is complete shit. The sound is complete shit. I could go on, but I think you get the point. For me the sound was the most annoying thing, besides Ben Afflecks horrible performance. During dialogue I would have to turn the volume up because the characters are whispering and I can't hear their worthless dialogue. Then, Bam, 5 minutes of screeching and banging that about blows my speakers. So I turn it down, then I have to turn it back up. That was the whole movie experience for me. The two actresses, while clearly easy on the eyes, are absolutely horrible and almost rival Affleck performance. I feel bad for O'Toole because he's such a great actor. I just can't see what made him want to be in this.

Melvin White
Melvin White

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Phantoms based on the novel by dean Koontz is a surprisingly scary ride, and is a non stop thrills, jolts and good scares. Phantoms is an awesome horror film, and it is very tense and thrilling. Before watching this film I had low expectations\, but luckily my expectations were exceeded. Phantoms is a roller coaster ride of horror that doesn't rely on Teen Horror cliches to create Horror. Dean Koontz does a terrific job adapting his story to the big screen. Director Joe Chappelle directs Koontz's story. Phantoms starts off with a taste of old fashioned horror films, and ultimately sets the tone for the entire film. The second half is just as impressive as the first half. Phantoms is a terrific example of to make a good monster horror film. Phantoms features a creature with many tentacles who fed on the population of a small town. Phantoms is guaranteed to give you a few good scares, and the film is much better than what people have said about it. Ben Affleck does give a decent enough performance, compared to his other dreadful performances in Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and Daredevil. He isn't bad here, but he's not great either. Peter O'toole gives the best performance here and manages to give this film better credibility. Because after all, O'toole is a legendary actor. Both Koontz and director Joe Chappelle manage to create a terrific horror film and the end result is very impressive. There's plenty of dismembered bodies and tense and suspenseful horror moments to keep you tense throughout the film. Phantoms is an underrated film, and you should at lease give it a look and decide for yourself.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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