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PHANTOMS

SYNOPSIS:
Dr. Jennifer Pailey (Joanna Going) is bringing her teenage sister, Lisa (Rose McGowan) home with her to the sleepy town of Snowfield to give the younger woman a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The Snowfield that Jennifer returns to is not the one she recently left, however. No one is around, except Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) and two of his deputies. There are a few dead bodies, severed hands, and decapitated corpses, but most of the town's residents have vanished. Then, when one of Bryce's officers is killed and the other one (Liev Schreiber) appears on the verge of a nervous breakdown, the four survivors' investigations lead to a terrifying conclusion. Meanwhile, government officials, who are aware that something strange is going on in Snowfield, call on the services of Dr. Timothy Flyte (Peter O'Toole), a university professor-turned-tabloid writer with experience in paranormal matters. Flyte identifies the creature in Snowfield as "The Ancient Enemy", a creature not from outer space, but one that once resided deep within the Earth's crust, and now, convinced that it is a god, it has emerged to begin its reign of terror.

"It's been a long time since a horror movie has emerged which is genuinely chilling; regrettably this ain't one either. Instead, the viewer is left with a lumbering mess of a film, ineptly directed and performed by a stellar group of actors worthy of far better material. A horror film should sustain tension, but there is none of that here, leaving in its wake a movie that tries hard to fuse disparate elements of genres, never succeeding. Combining sci-fi and horror may have worked in Alien, but none of that works in this silly film. Peter O'Toole must have been desperate for a quid when he agreed to do this, while pre-Oscar celeb Ben Affleck gives a wooden and uninteresting performance. The women do a lot of screaming in clicheed style. This is a film short on atmosphere and high on boredom. In true phantom style, it ought to remain invisible."
Paul Fischer

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PHANTOMS
(US)

CAST: Peter O’Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Live Schreiber, Ben Affleck, Nicky Katt, Clifton Powell, Rick Otto, Rachel Shane, Adam Nelson, John Hammil, John Scott Clough, Michael DeLorenzo

DIRECTOR: Joe Chappelle

PRODUCER: Joel Soisson, Michael Leahy, Robert Pringle, Steve Lane

SCRIPT: Dean Koontz (based on his novel)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Richard Clabaugh

EDITOR: Randolph K. Bricker

MUSIC: David Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Deborah Raymond

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: June 4, 1998







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