The Really Awful Movies Podcast
Really Awful Movies: Ep 63 - Phantasm
An otherworldly mortician, The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), re-animates the dead as little people zombies in Phantasm, a weird and wonderful Don Coscarelli film.
But have no fear, for on the case is a young boy named Mike. He has the task of trying to convince townsfolk that the absurd plot above is legit.
His older brother and family friend (Jody and Reggie) are finally convinced and they do battle with The Tall Man, who can telekinetically fire deadly metallic baubles.
Phantasm is a decidedly unique experience. It's an hallucinatory horror film that explores lots of different themes, and the soundtrack is one of the all-time greats.
For a budget that's only a third of a million bucks, the movie looks incredible and has had a lasting cultural impact, namely making The Tall Man one of the most memorable antagonists in horror history.
Several sequels of varying quality followed, but here we focused on the one, the only...Phantasm.