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Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead
The Tall Man, that imposing menace from Morningside Mortuary, is back and once again haunting the thoughts of the now-adult Mike and his friend, ex-Ice Cream vendor Reggie. The two continue their hunt for the mysterious figure and in his path of destruction encounter a variety of dangerous situations, friends and enemies... (imdb)
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Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead

1994
Horror
1h 31m
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Avg Percentile 38.35% from 206 total ratings

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Rated 07 Jun 2019
75
65th
I wish Me had brain power to explain why these films so far just work when they’re comprised of so many stupid elements. A middle aged bald man with a pony tail is an action badass. The villain is a tall man with silver balls.
Rated 18 Jul 2020
88
95th
By the third installment, it seems like Coscarelli is hitting his stride. It strikes a nice balance between action/horror and weird experimentation. I'm sure people will judge me for rating this one higher than the first two, but I honestly love this one the most. It's basically the music video for "Today" by Smashing Pumpkins turned into an "Evil Dead" movie with a bunch more weirdness thrown into the mix, what's not the love?
Rated 05 Jan 2019
65
57th
The third film in the "Phantasm" series amped-up the campy horror/action/comedy of the second, while also returning back to more of the confusing "Tall Man" mythology and familiar faces of Coscarelli & company's original 70's cult classic. However, while this gives the movie a bit of mixed bag/oil-and-water feel at times, the movie continues the series in an entertaining way for fans of the franchise, in addition to cementing "Reggie" well on his way to "Burt Gummer" status.
Rated 27 Jul 2023
47
12th
Perhaps the most forgettable entry, which isn't helped by the franchise entering its arbitrary subtitle phase. Note to self - it's the one with the slingshot kid and nunchuck lady, in case "Lord of the Dead" doesn't exactly jog the memory of which Phantasm this is.
Rated 26 Dec 2009
63
21st
For this, Coscarelli recycles the most crowd-pleasing elements from his earlier films -- original cast members Baldwin, Bannister, and Thornbury, those ever popular flying silver spheres with the retractable spikes, the malevolent Tall Man (Scrimm) and his hooded mutant-dwarf minions (or "lurkers"), elaborate morgue sets, furtive glimpses into a demonic dimension, and even Bannister's trusty four-barrelled shotgun. Still, this adds up to considerably less than the sum of its parts.
Rated 18 Jan 2020
50
26th
Coscarelli wasn't completely out of juice yet. Overall it seems like a bit of a compromise, with a kid character that was clearly capitalising on the success of Home Alone and a black female diversity hire. Visually it's arguably stronger than the second installment, despite costing less, and while the humour is hit and miss, it's somewhat amusing to watch Reggie's many attempts to get laid fail for one reason or another. The return of Baldwin also hits the right nostalgic notes.
Rated 07 Jul 2012
78
90th
This has more humor, sex and gore than the first two films in the series and it does drag in places but it's still lots of fun and moves at a fast pace. Not quite as good as the first two but still better than most horror franchises.
Rated 26 Aug 2013
52
12th
51.500
Rated 10 Aug 2023
55
21st
Somehow the magic is gone in this one (there might be a correlation between the amount of Evil Ewoks shown and the quality of the entry) despite some extremely ridiculous new elements (A at you there, Kevin McAlister and Nunchuck Girl).
Rated 25 Nov 2021
47
24th
I preferred this to the 2nd film, although it’s not on par with the original -- or that good film in general. Story is much more coherent and it’s apparent that even with a clearly smaller budget, Coscarelli & co. are able to follow their vision better this time around. The new characters feel unnecessary, but at least they don't stand out as badly here and it’s nice to see A. Michael Baldwin back as Tommy.
Rated 27 May 2021
30
9th
Ridiculous.
Rated 02 Feb 2021
86
23rd
Surprisingly watchable for a third in this unique horror franchise.
Rated 10 Jul 2020
74
46th
Not a terrible sequel, but also not a great one, either. Thinking back, I can't remember much about the plot here, even though I saw it a couple weeks ago.
Rated 30 Apr 2007
50
22nd
Weak sequel to the classic series. This one had it's moments though. Lol at the black girl with nunchuks!
Rated 02 Apr 2012
47
13th
46.500
Rated 18 Mar 2011
94
96th
The funniest in the series
Rated 22 Feb 2011
50
33rd
It took awhile for this movie to really get going as I almost turned it off because it was getting so boring. But the last half hour of this movie really picks up and then we're off. Not to much tension, but it did help that the action at the end really picked up the pace. A couple of humorous moments also helped a little bit as well to keep me interested, but I got some mixed feelings about this movie.
Rated 02 Dec 2010
25
61st
"Don Coscarelli outdoes the humor of John Hughes in what feels like a more honest version of the gleeful sadism in Home Alone." - Jeremiah Kipp
Rated 30 Jan 2010
50
34th
Fun, but so are lots of things. If you liked the previous ones, this one won't really be too painful. Also, if you liked them, you can pretend they ended at 2 and it would be about the same as if you had seen this one. It does have a certain 90's cable charm to it, most similar to the Warlock movies, if I had to place it.
Rated 07 Oct 2009
65
27th
A few good moments, but fails to live up to the first two.
Rated 09 Mar 2009
54
56th
Part 3 And Still Okay
Rated 08 Jun 2007
63
38th
Not as good as the previous two, but still fun. And the hilarity quotient is a bit higher, mostly unintentionally.

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