Phantoms (1998) / Horror-Sci Fi
MPAA Rated: R for sci-fi violence/gore and language
Running time: 96 min.
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Ben Affleck, Liev Schreiber
Director: Joe Chappelle
Screenplay: Dean R. Koontz (based on his book)
Review published January 27, 1998
Two sisters travel to a small town in Colorado only to find that the inhabitants have all died mysterious and grisly deaths, save for the sheriff (Affleck, Good Will Hunting) and a pair of deputies who are trying to get to the bottom of things. What is causing people to die without sign of struggle and is crapping out mounds of metallic objects all over the town?
So-called Master of Suspense (yeah, right) Dean R. Koontz adapted this piece of trash from his lackluster novel and makes one of the most gruesome and dull films to come out in some time. The actors try valiantly to deliver good performances but it would take a major miracle to be able to elevate a horrible script like this to the point of being interesting. Viewing this film was a disheartening experience that I will never go through again and hopefully you'd do well to avoid the first time.
©1998 Vince Leo