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Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)

Fifteen years after the Tall Man stole the bodies of Mike and Jody’s loved ones in Phantasm, cars are still exploding, glass is still busting, balls are still flying and Reggie is still horny in Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead; my favorite of the Phantasm franchise!

The Tall Man has got his eyes on you.

The Tall Man has got his eyes on you.

Like your typical horror-movie villain, the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) seems virtually immortal. If you kill him in one dimension, he’ll just come back emerging from another! We aren’t sure what he really wants from Mike, but he is always hot on Mike’s trail, and Reggie, the faithful friend that he is, isn’t about to leave Mike alone in the dust. After the Tall Man returns and draws Mike into another world, a silver ball that holds Jody’s consciousness directs Reggie on a journey through many ghost towns; it seems the Tall Man and his dwarves have been busy! The whole country is slowly being swallowed up by a seeming apocalypse, but Reggie and Mike know the score, and Mike’s about to learn a hell of a lot more than he ever wanted to about the Tall Man’s mission.

I don't think this is what Reg had in mind when he thought about the women being on top...

I don’t think this is what Reg had in mind when he thought about the women being on top…

Phantasm III has enough flying silver balls to keep anyone happy for 91 minutes. And what a glorious 91 minutes it is! I think all the Phantasm movies, to a certain extent, have a good sense of humor about them, but Lord of the Dead seems to embrace it more than the rest. Poor Reggie’s inability to get laid is a constant source of amusement for the audience, and his incorrigibility is always getting the group into trouble!

GET THIS BALL OFF MY FACE!

GET THIS BALL OFF MY FACE!

But maybe the most exciting part about Phantasm III is that we start to get some real answers about the Tall Man and his minions; about what he wants and how he gets it, and about what makes all those silver balls tick! Still no explanation on how all those cars explode so easily, though.

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