Phantasm and Phantasm II spoilers ahead!!! I'm 34. I'm a bit too young too have seen many of the horror classics when they were initially released but I was very aware of them. My family rented allot of videos when I was young and I spent allot time looking at the covers and posters of horror movies as they were the most provocative. I rarely could get my hands on them since my parents were responsible enough to keep me away from inappropriate movies. Thankfully my grandmother wasn't as clued in. Despite the Phantasm series having some the most iconic covers and posters I never got around to giving it a rent. I can’t remember if it was lack of availability or if I was just too drawn to Pinhead and Freddy. After recently being surprised by how much I enjoyed the Halloween franchise and Black Christmas I really expected to love Phantasm. But I really disliked the first two. The first movie just felt like an incoherent mess. While the Tall Man and silver ball are cool they didn't appear in the movie much and I really disliked the evil jawas. The ending was is easily one of the worst of recent memory. I really dislike the "It was all a dream" ending and this was one was poorly executed on top of it. It was like the movie ran out of action sequences so it cuts to Reggie and Mike by the fire. I would assume that a big reason why my opinion of this movie differs from so many is that I dislike movies where the lead is a petulant kid and Mike was quite annoying. I do love American muscle cars so the inclusion of the Hemi Cuda almost made this movie bearable. Phantasm II is even worse than the original. I’ve seen better acting in porn movies. While I found Reggie to be amusing in Phantasm he crossed over to stupid in the sequel. The actor that plays Mike is atrocious. His inner monologues seem unnecessary and his psychic conversations with Liz were cringe inducing. While I understand that it may have been intentional, the sex scene with Alchemy was ridiculous and as unsexy as a topless woman riding a dude could be. I didn’t find one moment interesting until 50 minutes in when the Tall Man finally started getting involved by hanging the priest by his crucifix. The final 20 minutes of showdown was very good, but I disliked Mike, Liz, and Reggie so much at this point it was hard to really pull for them. Head scratching moments continued during the showdown as well, like why do the balls go after the henchmen. The chainsaw duel and the way they defeated the Tall Man were very cool but the ending would have been better if they had been more subtle about letting us know that Alchemy was the Tall Man. They should have just put her in a black suit for the entire movie. The odd thing, I’m still interested in seeing part 3. The Tall Man and the silver balls are very cool. It’s the demon midgets, slow pace and bad acting that are putting me off. It seems like these two movies get allot of love on this board. What am I not getting? Is there anyone else on this board that doesn't enjoy these movies?