Yesterday I said Phantasm II was my favorite in the series when I was growing up, but most of its creativity was established in the first film, which certainly had enough world-building to spare for a sequel. It's hard for me to remain objective, however, when Phantasm II has that 80s horror look that takes me back more than any other genre and/or style. This is the first time I've seen it on anything other than VHS and the movie looks stunning.
So Mike's been having visions about the Tall Man for years. He's been psychically linked, somehow, to a blonde by the name of Liz (Paula Irvine) who shares his visions. I'm not sure why or how this happened, but the pair have fallen in love long before ever meeting—again, skipping the boring parts of standard films. Meanwhile Reggie, fresh from the funeral of his wife and kids, also finds love in the form of a banging brunette they meet on the side of the road. I love Reggie to death, but this woman is, like, way out of his league and age bracket. Suspiciously so, too.
apply directly to the forehead
I was disappointed to find all the great special effects I remember take place mostly toward the end, but once they start they're a fine spectacle. In retrospect, the movie has paced itself better than the original and it doesn't blow its wad until it's good and ready, which is admirable considering some of the try-hard modern shit I've seen lately. Phantasm II makes a little more sense than its predecessor and certainly looks better, too, but it's not quite the milestone the first one was. Neither is it an entirely pointless sequel. The first one was packed to the brim with fresh ideas and this one helps feather out the edges.
I'll feature the third one at midnight, Central Time.