Phantoms


Phantoms

Overview:

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.

Votes 108 (5.2/10)

Runtime: 91 minutes

Release Date 1998-01-23

Revenue: $5,624,282.00

Tagline: For centuries they told us the terror would come from above. We've been looking the wrong way.

Production company:

  • Miramax Films
  • Dimension Films

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Horror
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

Sheriff Bryce Hammond
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
Dr. Timothy Flyte
Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
Lisa Pailey
Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan
Jennifer Pailery, M.D.
Joanna Going
Joanna Going
Deputy Stuart 'Stu' Wargle
Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
Deputy Steve Shanning
Nicky Katt
Nicky Katt
Gen. Leland Copperfield
Clifton Powell
Clifton Powell
Scientist Lockland
Rick Otto
Rick Otto
Scientist Yamaguchi
Valerie Chow
Valerie Chow
Scientist Burke
Adam Nelson
Adam Nelson
Scientist Talbot
John Hammil
John Hammil
Scientist Shane
John Scott Clough
John Scott Clough
Soldier Velazquez
Michael DeLorenzo
Michael DeLorenzo
Scientist Borman
William Hahn
William Hahn
Scientist Walker
Robert Himber
Robert Himber
Agent Hawthorne
Bo Hopkins
Bo Hopkins
Agent Wilson
Robert Knepper
Robert Knepper
Church Soldier
Paul Schmidt
Paul Schmidt
Sgt. Harker
Dean Hallo
Dean Hallo
Commanding Officer
Clive Rosengren
Clive Rosengren
Cpl. Guthrie
Edmund Wyson
Edmund Wyson
Tunnel Boy
Lucas Elliot Eberl
Lucas Elliot Eberl
Woman in Room 204
Linnea Quigley
Linnea Quigley
Hilda
Judith Drake
Judith Drake
Cowgirl
Yvette Nipar
Yvette Nipar
Producer
Dean R. Koontz
Dean R. Koontz
Producer
Bob Weinstein
Bob Weinstein
Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Screenplay
Dean R. Koontz
Dean R. Koontz
Director
Joe Chappelle
Joe Chappelle
Music
David Williamson
David Williamson
Director of Photography
Greg Littlewood
Greg Littlewood
Editor
Randy Bricker
Randy Bricker

John Chard

The first thing we'd like to know is what we're dealing with, biological, chemical, or other. Directed by Joe Chappelle and written by Dean Koontz, who adapts from his own novel, Phantoms (not the greatest title all things considered) is a considerably well put together amalgamation of horror/sci-fi/creature feature tropes. If at times it feels clichéd and formulaic, then that is ultimately a curse of the cinematic genres it lives and breaths in. Plot basically has two sisters played by Rose McGowan and Joanna Going arriving in the town of Snowfield, Cololrado, to find most of the inhabitants dead, diseased or dismembered. A trio of coppers turn up played by Liev Schreiber (shifty malevolence), Ben Affleck (square jawed bastion of heroism) and Nicky Katt (fodder of course), and thus a fight for survival ensues as Peter O'Toole's sharp doctor character comes flying in to become the fulcrum of the story. So yep! There's something very evil and nasty at work here and the makers expand upon the reasons why with a drip-feed mixture of mad science and intelligent thematic ideas. The effects work is more than adequate and the strong cast list perform well up to scratch (nice to see O'Toole doesn't phone it in to denigrate the story). Things are taken very seriously throughout, the makers in no way biting the hand that feeds them, while the requisite insertions of jump - shocks - twists and mayhem are handled with care and attention by the director. You may come away as I did with a hunger to dig out your copy of John Carpenter's sublime The Thing? Which in truth is never a bad "thing," but this is still sturdy stuff, a pic caked in genre cement, and crucially it doesn't waste the time invested by the genre compliant viewers. 7/10

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