Phantasm II (1988)

phantasm_2It took 9 years to produce a sequel, but only 6 years have passed in the movie. The ending of the first movie is continued through flashbacks and the younger brother, Mike, is now a grown-up. He is joined by Reggie, also returning from the first movie and a new character, Liz, who has psychic tendencies. They must unite to try to stop the Tall Man, who just wants to kill everyone with his little murder sphere.

There are some road movie elements, and a great MacGyver-esque montage of the heroes loading up on weaponry. The hunt is on to find and destroy the Tall Man once and for all.

While there are some good gory kills, the sequel misses some of the nuances that made the original a classic. The overall tone is more of a buddy cop movie. It lacks the momentum and pacing. The middle part drags, but it picks up in the third act.

I won’t go so far as to say this sequel shouldn’t ever have been made, but I will say that it could have been so much better. It’s not very memorable and it’s only fun some of the time. The rest of the time, it’s like a chore to sit through.

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