27. Phantasm II (1988)

27. Phantasm II (1988). One of the few sequels on my list. It takes the Phantasm epic into action-adventure territory, and expands the mythos in new, weird, and bipolar directions. More maniac Jawas, a double-super-shotgun, killer silver orbs, horrific body-horror monsters, the menacing Tall Man, and, yes, a chainsaw duel! Angus Scrimm (an Oscar-winning liner note writer, natch) is equal parts ridiculous and menacing. Half the time he doesn’t look like he quite understands what’s going on, like he stumbled into an iconic horror movie role on his way to the opera – which makes him seem all the more alien. If you want to get nitpicky about it, there’s plenty to criticize, but I think this movie is pure weird, spooky fun. Believe it or not, these movies have had a pretty strong influence on my writing lately, too. Here’s hoping Phantasm: RaVager lives up to the legacy of the first two films of the franchise. I mean, 4 was okay, but 3? Just awful. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOY

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