Post by jperez9011 on Sept 24, 2014 21:05:20 GMT -5
The first Phantasm is not only my personal favorite in the series, but it is my favorite horror movie period. The characters suck you in and the atmosphere is superb. The soundtrack is outstanding. Malcolm Seagrave and Fred Myrow really did an amazing job on the soundtrack. If I were trapped on a desert island a'la Tom Hanks Castaway, I would prefer to be stranded with Phantasm. It's just a bad*ss movie all together: Mike is just getting over the fact that his parents are dead and he's dealing with death, the inevitable abandonment by his older brother, and his realization that something sinister is going down in his creepy 1970s town. All around, it's such an incredible movie.
The original Phantasm remains my favorite as well - in fact, it's about the only horror franchise in which I genuinely think the original is the best film.
Most fans will agree, for instance, that The Dream Warriors and Wes Craven's New Nightmare are at least the equals of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, and I'm one of those contemporary revisionists who go to bat for Freddy's Revenge because of its courageous treatment of homosexuality.
I think most hardcore fans of the franchise are happy to admit that any number of the Friday the 13th sequels are basically better-made variations on the original, though 'highbrow' critics act like the first is the best of a bad lot.
I happen to be one of a very few who enjoy a handful of the Halloween sequels to the Carpenter original, chiefly the second, fourth, and much-maligned sixth. Yes, I like the Curse of Thorn.
And I've always been able to get into the second and third Texas Chainsaw Massacre films more than the slower original, though all three are great.
So I am by no stretch of the imagination a first-movie-only purist, and I still think the original Phantasm is the best. It's a close-run thing - this is the one franchise in which I feel all the films are consistently very good to great, even my least favorite (the second). This is a terrific series altogether, and deserves so much more attention and respect than it gets.
secret007: What I read was Lionsgate confirms SAW: Legacy will be released October 27, 2017. Filming begins September 12, 2016. James Wan is executive producer. Directors are Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig. The story will take place 7 years later.
Sept 7, 2016 4:24:56 GMT -5
secret007: Sorry about the last message being off-topic. I just came from a SAW forum and my mind was still there. I forgot momentarily I had logged onto Phantasm. I can't wait to see Phantasm: Ravager.
Sept 7, 2016 4:38:54 GMT -5
postmortem: Hello, everyone. Looks like the reason I couldn't log in for so long was that I was trying to use Safari with no luck. Firefox works, though. Thanks, Dustin, for the tip! :-D
Oct 22, 2016 22:25:16 GMT -5
bartholomew: I use safari all the time and don't have issues logging into this site.
Oct 30, 2016 12:38:44 GMT -5
Kitty: secret007, which SAW forum is that?
Dec 3, 2016 10:41:22 GMT -5