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Plot: In the peaceful town of Snowfield, Colorado something evil has wiped out the community. And now, its up to a group of people to stop it, or at least get out of Snowfield alive. Runtime: 96 mins Release Date: 22 Jan 1998
Surprisingly effective and scary horror/thriller. (by jiangliqings)
*** out of ****Dean Koontz isn't exactly the world's most prolific author. As a writer, he has the tendency to basically re-state his themes and plots over and over. His movie adaptations are usually messy, as clearly seen by such films as Hideaway and Sole Survivor. Thus, it comes as a surprise that Phantoms is an often terrifying thriller; it's not particularly original, but it delivers the thrills and suspense that it promises .Dr. Jenny Pailey Joanna Going is bringing her younger sister, Lisa Rose Mcgowan , home from L.A. to the small quiet town of Snowfield, Colorado. <more>
It's a peaceful environment to live in, with a population of 400, and the town has some nice ski resorts that make it a popular site during the summer. Upon returning, however, they discover everyone either missing or dead, with bodies that have a strange gooey look to it. They try to leave, but find their car and every other vehicle in town dead.Exploring further, they enter a bakery, where they encounter Sheriff Bryce Hammond Ben Affleck and his two deputies, Shanning Nicky Katt and Stu Wargle Liev Schrieber . As they look further into town, they discuss what could have possibly caused this massive disappearance and all these deaths. The mysterious cause behind this hasn't ended, however, and as the night progresses, Shanning is taken by an unseen presence. Hammond and the others must now try to survive the night and hope they can get off a message to the outside world of their plight.Phantoms is a surprise on almost every level. It's a well-made thriller from Joe Chappelle, whose only previous major credit was Halloween 6, usually regarded as the worst of the Halloween sequels. He may have seemed like a dubious choice to direct this film, but he does a fine job, creating heavy doses of suspense through some clever uses in the small-town setting and the suggestion of an unseen force lurking around every corner.The film is overall scary, working best when you have no idea what's causing this terror. The unknown is far more frightening, and Chappelle wisely plays this fun material for all it's worth, creating many eerie sequences, such as a slow exploration inside a hotel, the creepy use of Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces," and an encounter with a giant moth that is positively heart-pounding. For approximately an hour, Chappelle keeps mounting the tension level in, throwing in a good amount of horror and suspense into the proceedings in a relentless manner.The last half-hour isn't as successful because of it's need to slow down and explain everything. While all movies like this need to do that, for nearly 20 minutes the movie loses most of its suspense when the characters discuss to each other all the things they know about this mysterious presence. These moments are a bit messy due to the lack of some coherence in putting all the ideas in place. Thankfully, Chappelle brings back the horror and suspense that was so effective in the first hour back into the last ten minutes, and the film ends on a tense note. The finale's reliance on special effects slightly dims some of the highly suspenseful suggestive forces at work that was so effective in the first hour, but Chappelle still keeps the action moving.Dean Koontz's script is somwhat successful. He builds in some intriguing ideas that are never fully explored, but to his credit, he had budgetary limitations and had to work with a 96-minute running time. As a result, the pacing is often so fast, you'll probably wish the film was at least another 15 minutes long.The script is sometimes heavily reliant on many horror cliches, including people walking into dangerous places alone, which is something a character in this sort of film should learn not to do. But Chappelle still handles these scenes remarkably well, creating suspense in certain spots when it often hasn't worked in other movies. There are also some lapses in logic, but they can be ignored rather easily.The film has many strong elements. The visual effects are quite good, such as the giant moth and the other strange creature designs. The setting is among the film's best assets. Smalll towns are usually great places to hide an unseen menace and this film pulls it off quite well. Many of the empty buildings, mainly the hotel and the police station, are great set-ups for some well-done setpieces.The cast is good, and is one of the main reasons this thriller is as effective as it is. After having seen so many badly acted thrillers i.e. Urban Legend, I Know What You Did Last Summer , it's great to see a talented cast at work. Ben Affleck is fine and charismatic in the lead role; he's a strong presence and creates a likable character, as he usually does in his films. The lovely Joanna Going is likewise equally good as the film's strong female character. She brings dignity and class to her performance. Liev Schrieber and Peter O'Toole are perhaps the scene stealers, with their mostly successful attempts at humor. Schrieber is mostly over-the-top, and often creepy, while O'Toole is wry and sarcastic. It's a bit odd to see such a legendary actor in a film like this, but he plays the role in the right manner. The only weak link in the acting is Rose Mcgowan, who seems more suited for jokey, "hip" horror films rather than a serious one, and she's sorely out of place here.David Williams' score is creepy and good in creating some tension. It sounds somewhat derivative of the works of Ennio Morricone, but it still blends well into the film. The score is mostly a series of repeating notes, but it actually never becomes a slight annoyance, like John Carpenter's repetitious score in Prince of Darkness.The final scenes is among the movie's flaws. It's slightly darkly humorous, as it is intended to be, but this ending has been done so often, it's become rather tiresome by now. It's obvious Koontz has become influenced by far too many modern-day horror films.Phantoms isn't a classic film, since it has its own flaws and doesn't delve deeply into some interesting ideas, but it blends action and horror into a suspenseful and often scary mixture, with non-stop thrills and tension that keep the material fun to watch, even if the story's not always logical. Phantoms is a film good for many chills on a dark evening.
Did you ever think what is REALLY underground? (by Movie Nuttball)
Phantoms is one creepy film. I just like how the beginning and middle of the film is. Just so scary and lonely. EXCELLENT! The story is good and it really makes you think what if? All horror,science fiction fans is got check this one out!
Excellent (by matt_cockdeezle)
This movie was well crafted, and despite the rumors, did a good job at getting across the story. Even though the movie differed greatly from the book, it was still an enjoyable experience. The very idea that a creature can become your fears is a insightful creation. The monster is so powerful it also seems as if the people are just little players in his game. The idea that the monster thinks he is lucifer also is ingenious and the story holds to reality as close as it can with it's sci-fi image military involvement . The different twists in the story give the watcher a constant baiting <more>
keeping him/her in the suspense of the moment. The weird scenes also give a horror element i have seen only rarely in other movies of this kind. It was a spectacular experience-number one even though you think Ben affleck is bad, he did a great job-filled the shoes perfectly . It is my favorite movie, give it a chance, and i am sure if you know anything about a "good movie experience" you will be a fan.
Intelligent, atmospheric and highly under-appreciated. (by willywants)
In the peaceful town of Snowfield, Colorado something evil has wiped out the community. And now, it's up to a group of people to stop it, or at least get out of Snowfield alive. The first time I saw "Phantoms", I liked it, but didn't think too much of it. Recently deciding to rent it again for the hell of it, this film is so much better than the previous viewing, I mean REALLY good, one of the best Hollywood-produced horror films I've seen in a while, not to mention THE best Dean Koontz adaptation. Joe Chappelle, who's films in the past unfortunately haven't been <more>
very good, does an excellent job directing here, delivering a dark & genuinely haunting atmosphere, not to mention great cinematography and a strong visual style. This film proves he's capable of directing a good movie if he's given a strong script. Oh, that brings me to the script, which Koontz penned himself, having been Quite understandably disappointed in the previous adaptations, has done an excellent job with the screenplay. Not only is it intelligent and thought-provoking but is also tightly written. When was the last time we got a SMART horror film? OK, there are plenty out there, but not many that Hollywood have made recently, mind you! Performance-wise, everyone does a great job here, especially the creepy Liev Schreiber scream 2 . Special effects are carefully used, few and far between but generally quite good. Once we finally see the creature it's kind of disappointing I wish they had used the giant winged serpent described in the book and quite vague. There's some nice gore too."Phantoms" is a smart, creepy, underrated horror gem that deserves better than it's gotten and really makes you think.9/10.
High expectations give a good movie a bad wrap (by AdamCRW79)
Anyone who has read Dean Koontz's novel can appreciate what I have to say here. The book was absolutely amazing. I started it and absolutely could not put it down. The suspense was killing me. I read it over and over and...you get the idea. I had no idea that a movie was made of it until I was REALLY bored with looking through the New-Releases at Blockbuster, trying to find a good horror flick. Mind you, that is almost an impossible task these days. Anyways, I started browsing the horror section when the word Phantoms jumped out at me. This peaked my curiosity, so I picked it up and, sure <more>
enough, it was based on my favorite horror novel. So, I rented it and was expecting something mind-blowing. Well, that wasn't exactly what I got. I got an EXTREMELY chopped up version of a great book where my favorite parts were cut. I was so disappointed and decided that I hated the movie. Later, a friend came over and had rented some movies. Phantoms was in the mix. He had never seen it, so I didn't want to ruin it for him by saying no. So, I watched it again, and his reaction was pure excitement throughout the entire flick. He loved it and wanted to watch it again. At this point, I was up for it just to see what HIS fuss was all about. If I were in his shoes and had never read the novel forgive me for saying that , I would have loved it too. It really was good. Word of advice: DO NOT READ THE BOOK FIRST! You will miss out on what could be a great horror movie experience for you.
The chills here were really done well. From the minute two sisters enter a town the sounds, lighting and framing of the shots build a truly spine tingling dread. And it only gets better, and more chilling. Indeed, the horror aspect provides tension throughout the movie. I liked the script and the development of the characterisations, so necessary to the success of the story. Liev Schreiber puts in a great performance in a difficult role. There is good chemistry between the two leads which never becomes mushy. Every now and then there is an invigorating blast of shotguns. The monster shows up <more>
for 'close-ups' after about 50 minutes, and from there its good sci-fi special effects, which get more extreme as time goes by. Peter O'Toole is aptly sardonic as only he can be, a joy to watch. Great attention to detail, particularly things such as the snow that begins to fall towards the end, casting more chill. This movie came out the same year as Deep Rising. Perhaps a competition? If so we all got lucky. Both are terrific rides.
Phantoms is a cracking film...I'm slightly reluctant to admit this given it's standing and the fact it stars Ben Affleck but I went into it with low expectations and enjoyed it thoroughly. Its a fast paced piece of sci-fi/horror hokum with some great shock moments that'll have you jumping out of your seat or cowering behing the sofa..If you're looking for a scary film for Halloween that doesnt revolt, try this.
Koontz tops King! (by Elswet)
One of the best adaptations of Koontz's work ever made! And no wonder! He wrote the screenplay! And he's MUCH better at it than Stephen King appears to be!I saw this movie on the shelf and thought to myself, "Great, another movie I'll just HATE, based on a novel I loved." I could not have been more mistaken."For centuries we've been told terror would come from the sky." Thankfully, there is Dr. Timothy Flyte Peter O'Toole , who has some knowledge of this ancient terror, its origins and intent. This is a quirky movie, just as the book was, exhibiting <more>
man's ability to be easily influenced, manipulated, and victimized.After Dr. Flyte is practically dragged to the small mountain town of Snowfield, California, it is his job to puzzle together the pieces of what is going on.Liev Schriber "Scream"'s Cotton Weary is a total lunatic in this movie; a sick, perverted, would-be necrophiliac deputy who can't seem to keep it together. Also from the cast of "Scream," is Rose McGowan who portrayed Dewey's unfortunate sister, Tatum Riley, in "Scream" in a co-starring role as Lisa Pailey.I found the use of Patsy Cline's music in this production was quite inventive, and lends a "creepy" air to the finished product that it would never have had, had these specific musical selections been omitted. It was the perfect accompaniment to the eidolonic presence in this work.This was a disturbing novel of suspense and Dean Koontz has translated the dark humor and clever characters, masterfully into this creative screenplay. This movie is intense and very enjoyable thanks to Koontz's ability to adapt his own work effectively, and the surprisingly wonderful direction by Joe Chappelle. As I have never liked anything else he has directed, I was more than a bit surprised with the care and talent exhibited in this work. The opening shots of the Colorado mountains is breathtaking, and the scenery and settings throughout ring true; ie: the motel felt like a motel and not a movie set; the town, the businesses and homes all had the feeling they were real and not some cheap imitation thrown together on the cheesy back lot of some obscure studio. This in itself is an accomplishment. Although this movie is set in California, it was shot in Colorado, lending to us the beautiful cinematic shots that I have come to appreciate in any good production.The budget for this work is not listed, but I can tell you they never spend the same amount of money on Dean Koontz's work as they do on Stephen King's, although in my opinion, Koontz's work deserves much more investmental interest. A good many of his novels would translate beautifully to the big screen, making some very successful financial ventures, as well as great entertainment successes. "Darkfall," "Night Visions," "Midnight," and "The Bad Place," immediately spring to mind. While I favor his more simplistic older novels, his newer literary ventures are far more well written. His talent was unquestionable earlier on, but his style has greatly improved over the years. If you are, by chance, a producer, director, or work for a producer/director, and are reading this, please do give this some consideration.Also, in my opinion, this is one of Ben Affleck's best performances. It is possibly ~the~ best performance of his career. Not saying much, I realize, but his character is so very well enacted in this production that I thought I was a fan. That went away about 20 minutes after the movie ended, but needless to say his performance was quite compelling.I found this movie to be disturbing on a very base level, creatively written, talentedly portrayed, and imaginatively directed. This was not the let-down I've come to expect from the low budgets, cheesy sets, and lack of caring direction I've witnessed in other Koontz adaptations. ie: "Whispers," "Watchers," which was not anything LIKE the novel, and "The Servants of Twilight." While "Servants of Twilight" was quite suspenseful and enjoyable, the budget was extremely low, and it could not help but be all too evident in the finished product. This was also, a low budgeted Koontz movie, but the story line, plot and performances more than make up for the lack of love and caring given by the ungenerous producers of this work.If you are a fan of Dean Koontz's novels; if you enjoyed "The Faculty" or "Invasion of the Bodysnatchers;" if you are a fan of good "B" horror movies, or if you are just looking for something good to watch on a Saturday night, you should enjoy this movie very much.In spite of this project's obvious lack of budget, this work rates an 8.2/10 from...the Fiend :.
"It ate through his face, consumed the eyes, most of the soft tissue & the entire brain." I really liked it. (by poolandrews)
Phantoms begins as Jennifer Pailey Joanna Going & her younger sister Lisa Rose McGowan who will be staying with her for a while head for the small mountain town of Snowfield in California, population about 400. As they arrive it quickly becomes apparent that the town seems almost deserted & they soon find out why. Upon entering Jennifer's house the sisters discover the dead body of Hilda Judith Drake the housekeeper & when they try to report it they find the local Deputy dead as well. As they explore the town & try to figure out what could have caused an entire <more>
town's disappearance in such a short space of time they discover more gruesome remains including severed hands & decapitated heads. Suddenly Sheriff Bryce Hammond Ben Affleck & two of his Deputy's, Steve Shanning Nicky Kett & Stu Wargle Liev Schreiber show up but are as baffled by what they see as Jennifer & Lisa. It's not long before they realise something nasty is lurking about, something none of them has seen the like of before, something intelligent that can manipulate it's surroundings & learn. Sheriff Hammond's only clue to it's identity is a cryptic message left by one of it's victims which says 'Timothy Flyte the ancient evil'...Directed by Joe Chappelle I thought Phantoms was a great horror film & one of the best I have seen that the genre has offered lately well, during the 90's then . The script by Dean R. Koontz, based on his own novel of the same name which I have not read so I cannot compare it to the filmed adaptation, starts off brilliantly & is one of the creepiest, taught & eeriest opening 45 minutes I've seen. The opening is fantastic as the sisters arrive in Snowfield & find dead bodies, severed body parts, pots still cooking on hobs, pies baking in ovens, tables set for dinner & things start to get more strange as they find piles of metallic objects, messages written in a locked room with no windows, odd electrical disturbances & eventually horrific creatures. This opening sequence moves at an absolute break neck speed, never lets up & grips you instantly. Unfortunately Phantoms cannot keep this up & about half way through the military & FBI move in & it becomes far more overblown complete with over-the-top CGI, guns, explosions & it loses it's tension. It starts off like a haunted house horror but then changes into Aliens 1986 . As a whole Phantoms works very well in my opinion, the character's are good, it's not too silly, it moves along at a nice pace & is a bit different.Director Chappellle manages to create fantastic atmosphere & tension during the opening which he fails to maintain as the film progresses, but overall Phantoms has a great feel to it. There are plenty of nicely lit shots & some cool camera angles. There is also some decent gore here with a skinless face, various dead bodies, severed heads & hands, a gory scalpel cut & an exploding head.Technically Phantoms is great with that big budget Hollywood look to it, the photography, music & production values are very good while the special effects are also excellent with plenty of slimy tentacles & some cool monsters. The acting is pretty good from all involved & Peter O'Toole makes an appearance during the second half of the film.Personally I really rate Phantoms as a horror film, it's pretty creepy at times, there's some good gore & some nice action scenes as well. I highly recommend it & think it's definitely worth a watch.