On this day in horror history, writer-director Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm II with Angus Scrim and Reggie Bannister was unleashed back in 1988.
The flick caused controversy among fans by recasting the first film’s protagonist, Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) with James LeGros (Drugstore Cowboy) in this sequel to Coscarelli’s original cult classic fright flick.
The film was not well received by critics, I personally love the film and I can’t be alone as it but did spawn a further three sequels: Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, Phantasm IV: Oblivion, and Phantasm: Ravager.
The film begins years after surviving his encounter with the sinister Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), Mike Pearson (James LeGros), now a mental patient, still has nightmares about the evil gaunt mortician. Upon being released from the institution, Mike and his friend Reggie (Bannister) set out to track down the Tall Man and end his murderous and macabre practices. Also involved is Liz Reynolds (Paula Irvine), a pretty young woman who has a psychic connection to both Mike and the Tall Man.