Phantasm II (1988)

R | 97 mins | Horror | 8 July 1988

Director:

Don Coscarelli

Writer:

Don Coscarelli

Producer:

Roberto A. Quezada

Cinematographer:

Daryn Okada

Editor:

Peter Teschner

Production Designer:

Philip J. C. Duffin

Production Company:

Spacegate Corporation
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HISTORY

The picture is the sequel to Phantasm (1979, see entry).
       A 14 Jun 1988 HR production chart stated that principal photography began on 9 Dec 1987 in Los Angeles, CA.
       According to the 24 Jun 1988 HR, the film was scheduled for release 8 Jul 1988 on approximately 1,000 screens, after the picture tested “very well” at a preview on 20 Jun 1988 in North Hollywood, CA.
       The film has been followed by direct-to-video titles Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), and Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998).
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: the cast and crew of the original Phantasm.” End credits also state: “Music from the original Phantasm by Fred Myrow and Malcolm Seagrave.” End credits acknowledge: “Excerpt from Phantasm appearing courtesy of DEG.” Credits also include the following gag piracy warning: “This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplication, distribution, or exhibition may result in civil liability, criminal prosecution and the wrath of the Tall ... More Less

The picture is the sequel to Phantasm (1979, see entry).
       A 14 Jun 1988 HR production chart stated that principal photography began on 9 Dec 1987 in Los Angeles, CA.
       According to the 24 Jun 1988 HR, the film was scheduled for release 8 Jul 1988 on approximately 1,000 screens, after the picture tested “very well” at a preview on 20 Jun 1988 in North Hollywood, CA.
       The film has been followed by direct-to-video titles Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), and Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998).
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: the cast and crew of the original Phantasm.” End credits also state: “Music from the original Phantasm by Fred Myrow and Malcolm Seagrave.” End credits acknowledge: “Excerpt from Phantasm appearing courtesy of DEG.” Credits also include the following gag piracy warning: “This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplication, distribution, or exhibition may result in civil liability, criminal prosecution and the wrath of the Tall Man.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 1988
p. 3, 12, 14.
Los Angeles Times
8 Jul 1988
Calendar, p. 14.
New York Times
8 Jul 1988
Section C, p. 11.
Variety
13 Jul 1988
p. 16.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Addl asst cam
Addl asst cam
Addl asst cam
Key grip
Best boy
Best boy elec
Elec
Still photog
Cameras provided by
Lighting & grip equip provided by
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Storyboards
Illustrations
FILM EDITORS
Addl ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Const coord
Prop master
Set dec
Scenic artist
Best boy scenic
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Asst prop master
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Greensman
COSTUMES
Ward des
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd des
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Foley ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR mixer
Dolby Stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec visual eff
Visual eff supv
Motion control supv
Motion control photog
Motion control photog
Anim photog
Eff prod
Motion control models
Addl visual eff
Addl visual eff
Opticals
Sphere manufactured by
Sphere asst
Laser eff
Wire flying eff
MAKEUP
Spec makeup created by
Makeup artist
Asst makeup
Spec makeup eff const
Spec makeup eff const
Spec makeup eff const
Spec makeup eff const
Spec makeup eff const
Spec makeup eff const
Addl spec eff makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to exec prod
Prod admin
Prod controller
Prod coord
Prod coord
Asst to the prod
Consultant
Cont supv
Unit pub
Loc scout
Transportation coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Casting coord
Asst to controller
Craft services
Picture car coord
1971 426 Hemicuda by
Accounting provided by
Completion guarantor
Completion guarantor
Prod insurance
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col
Col timer
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
8 July 1988
Premiere Information:
Test screening in North Hollywood, CA: 20 June 1988
Los Angeles and New York openings: 8 July 1988
Production Date:
began 9 December 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Spacegate Corporation
Copyright Date:
2 March 1989
Copyright Number:
PA464064
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29288
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Mike and his family friend, Reggie, escaped being killed by the “Tall Man” and his minions, Mike is sent to the Morningside Psychiatric Clinic for paranoid delusions. Seven years later, Mike begins having a telepathic connection with Liz Reynolds from Perigord, Oregon. Liz has visions of the Tall Man appearing after her grandfather’s death, and Mike can see them. To help Liz, Mike lies to his doctors that the Tall Man was only in his imagination. He is released from the clinic and picked up by Reggie. When he tells his friend about the return of the Tall Man, Reggie does not believe him. However, as they drive to Reggie’s home, the house explodes, killing Reggie’s wife and daughter. Reggie seeks revenge against the Tall Man, and agrees to help Mike. Traveling cross-country, Mike and Reggie arm themselves with firearms and flamethrowers, and follow the Tall Man’s trail of destroyed small towns and empty graveyards. While searching an abandoned mortuary, Mike sees a dead woman on the autopsy table. When Reggie yells for help, Mike turns around and finds the woman gone. In Perigord, Liz’s grandfather dies. After attending the funeral led by Father Meyers, Liz sees the Tall Man and his minions at the local mortuary. She sends a telepathic warning to Mike, who instructs Reggie to drive toward Perigord. Along the way, Reggie picks up a young woman named Alchemy, who is hitchhiking to Perigord. Mike recognizes her as the dead woman he saw and warns Reggie, but Reggie ignores him. In the morning, Liz finds her grandmother missing, and a ... +


After Mike and his family friend, Reggie, escaped being killed by the “Tall Man” and his minions, Mike is sent to the Morningside Psychiatric Clinic for paranoid delusions. Seven years later, Mike begins having a telepathic connection with Liz Reynolds from Perigord, Oregon. Liz has visions of the Tall Man appearing after her grandfather’s death, and Mike can see them. To help Liz, Mike lies to his doctors that the Tall Man was only in his imagination. He is released from the clinic and picked up by Reggie. When he tells his friend about the return of the Tall Man, Reggie does not believe him. However, as they drive to Reggie’s home, the house explodes, killing Reggie’s wife and daughter. Reggie seeks revenge against the Tall Man, and agrees to help Mike. Traveling cross-country, Mike and Reggie arm themselves with firearms and flamethrowers, and follow the Tall Man’s trail of destroyed small towns and empty graveyards. While searching an abandoned mortuary, Mike sees a dead woman on the autopsy table. When Reggie yells for help, Mike turns around and finds the woman gone. In Perigord, Liz’s grandfather dies. After attending the funeral led by Father Meyers, Liz sees the Tall Man and his minions at the local mortuary. She sends a telepathic warning to Mike, who instructs Reggie to drive toward Perigord. Along the way, Reggie picks up a young woman named Alchemy, who is hitchhiking to Perigord. Mike recognizes her as the dead woman he saw and warns Reggie, but Reggie ignores him. In the morning, Liz finds her grandmother missing, and a message from the Tall Man telling her to find him at the mortuary. Later, Reggie, Mike and Alchemy arrive in town and find it empty. After Alchemy directs the men to her uncle’s bed and breakfast, they set traps to protect Alchemy from any corpses resurrected by the Tall Man. Arriving at the cemetery, they find the graves all dug up. Inside the mortuary, Liz runs into Father Meyers and learns that the Tall Man has taken all the people in town, dead and alive. Suddenly, a silver sphere with daggers flies through the air, and into Meyer’s head. Running outside, Liz finds Mike and Reggie. Relieved to find Liz safe, Mike and Reggie take her to the bed and breakfast. However, the Tall Man appears and kidnaps Liz. After instructing Alchemy to leave town, Mike and Reggie return to the mortuary. In the crematorium, Liz escapes from a reanimated mortician. Finding Mike, she and Mike are chased by the mortician. A silver sphere appears, flies through the air, and kills the mortician. Finding the sphere deactivated, Mike takes it and leads Reggie and Liz to a large keyhole. Placing the sphere inside, a door opens into a white room. The Tall Man pushes Mike and Reggie into another dimension, but they escape and throw the sphere at his head. The Tall Man pulls the sphere from his forehead, and a parasite appears. Liz stabs the Tall Man with a needle attached to a mixture of embalming fluid and hydrochloride. The mixture kills the Tall Man by melting him from the inside out. As they set the building on fire, Alchemy appears in a stolen hearse. Driving away, Alchemy reveals that she is a reanimated corpse and throws Reggie out of the vehicle. Confused, Mike and Liz insist they are in a dream. However, the Tall Man appears and tells them they are not dreaming. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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