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11-06-2005, 09:12 PM
With the release of the excellent new PHANTASM R2 DVD box set and the premiere of his new Master's of Horror episode, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road, Don Coscarelli is having somewhat of a revival. Although he is most known for his Phantasm films, he's made a mark for himself with other films like THE BEASTMASTER and BUBBA HO-TEP. So, instead of flat out making this a favorite PHANTASM poll, let's throw in the rest of his works. Which one is your favorite?

11-06-2005, 09:19 PM
Phantasm II
Bubba Ho-Tep
The Beastmaster
Phantasm: OblIVion
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead

Phantasm II is really close to surpassing the original though.

11-06-2005, 09:28 PM
Too many good choices, but I went with Phantasm.

Dark Lord
11-06-2005, 09:29 PM
I loved The Beastmaster when I was a kid, but I voted for Bubba Ho-Tep. I just felt that it was a great convergence of genres, with an entertaining premise. It's filmed well, with outstanding performances from the main cast.

11-06-2005, 09:37 PM
As much as I love the Phantasm series, I had to go with Bubba Ho-Tep. That movie is a riot! :lol:

11-06-2005, 09:38 PM
Phantasm first... Bubba Ho-Tep a close second... Beastmaster 3rd.

11-06-2005, 09:39 PM
For me it was a battle between Phantasm III, which i liked best from the series, and Incidents... Incidents won.

11-06-2005, 09:58 PM
PHANTASM scared me when I was a kid, and it still works for me today.

BUBBA-HO-TEP a close second...what a fun movie!

11-06-2005, 10:03 PM

11-06-2005, 10:12 PM
Bubba Ho-Tep first, Phantasm second.

11-06-2005, 10:33 PM
Phantasm gets the vote from me.For the budget it was shot on..its a very effective and well made film.Phantasm II and The Beastmaster would come in at a tie for second..

11-06-2005, 10:40 PM
Kenny and Company

11-06-2005, 10:44 PM
Phantasm duh.

11-07-2005, 12:01 AM
Phantasm III for me, with Bubba Ho-Tep coming in a close second.

11-07-2005, 03:21 AM
Phantasm almost by default. I saw the second one way back when it was in theatres, and I've had a real urge to see the others but can't find them at the shitty vid stores around me. :fire:

I really like everything I've seen from him, including The Beastmaster. :D

11-07-2005, 05:03 AM
Phantasm of course, with an honorable mention to The Beastmaster.

11-07-2005, 05:43 AM
I rewatched OblIVion tonight for the first time since I bought surround sound and I have to say that it's REALLY grown on me. It's just one of those films with tons of subtext that I get more and more from each time I watch. It really is a fantastic movie. I rate the Phantasm movies as such:


Phantasm II is a great movie by itself, but it's narrative structure just plain doesn't fit with the rest of the series. That, and Michael A. Baldwin was forcibly replaced by the studio. It has "Hollywood intervention" written all over it.

Erick H.
11-07-2005, 05:57 AM
PHANTASM ,it made a huge influence on me as a kid,I always wondered if its' surrealism influenced the ELM STREET films.I loved BUBBA though,that film got a great audience reaction in the theater !

11-07-2005, 06:20 AM
Phantasm II

11-07-2005, 07:26 AM
I think Phantasm II is better than the original film, so went with that.

11-07-2005, 08:08 AM
Most seem to favour Phantasm, i thought it was a bit cheesy with its family angle, in the same way as Nightmare on Elm Street and also Poltergeist (worst of the family-bunch). Generally i really don't like movies with a kid in the lead.
But i did like it, the horror stuff in it was great.

11-07-2005, 11:17 AM
I love all the Phantasm movies. I saw Phantasm at the Drive-In, but I voted for Bubba Ho-Tep. Because Bruce Campbell plays Elvis, and the commentary track of Bruce as Elvis is priceless.

11-07-2005, 02:40 PM
Choosing my favorite Coscarelli film is tough - I love 'em all, abeit in different ways (though, haven't got my paws on JIM yet). I have to say that SURVIVAL QUEST is a hidden gem among his filmography. A fascinating look at peace Vs violence. Simplistic message, yes. But one well worth playing out in this film. Not on DVD S.E. yet, but the VHS can be picked up for cheap bones at Amazon.

11-07-2005, 04:16 PM

11-07-2005, 04:58 PM
I went with The Beastmaster, as that's the first Coscarelli film I ever saw. But then again, I've only seen that and Bubba Ho-Tep. Yes, I haven't seen Phantasm yet.

11-07-2005, 05:13 PM
Bubba Ho-Tep, as i still have yet to see any of the Phantasm movies, thou that new box set might convince me to go region free!! I've wanted to see those movies forever now)

11-07-2005, 06:31 PM
Phantasm. Beastmaser was a close second, but nothing tops the Tall Man. I can't wait to get my hands on the new sphere set.

11-07-2005, 08:28 PM
Phantasm. It had a great impact on me as a kid, and I still enjoy it to this day.

Peter Vincent
11-07-2005, 08:40 PM
Same as 4Gotten1, scared the ever loving sh*t outta me when I was a wee age.

As for Phantasm IV....argh! I so wish it was a good sequal!

11-07-2005, 09:27 PM
As for Phantasm IV....argh! I so wish it was a good sequal!

It's the best! Watch it again.

11-07-2005, 10:36 PM
I just received my Phantasm Box Set today. I was too cheap to get the Sphere.

11-08-2005, 01:29 AM
I had to go with Phantasm III. I wish they'd do a R1 release of that now.

Myron Breck
11-08-2005, 02:17 AM
Since I haven't seen six of the films, I don't think I'll vote....... :(

11-08-2005, 03:05 PM
Is this a trick question?

David Lo Pan
11-10-2005, 03:47 PM
Phantasm II, by far. And I'm positive that if it was available on a Region 1 DVD it would have received more votes.
Now bring on a Stuart Gordon poll. :fire:

11-13-2005, 04:02 PM
I went with Phantasm 2, thought it was better than the original. Bubba Ho-Tep was a close 2nd but the nostalgic feel I get watching Phantasm 2 just edges Bubba out.