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Probably much of the events were a precog vision[edit]

Phantasm I......the ending seems curious. As you will recall, Mike wakes up, goes down to the fireplace and talks with Reggie. Reggie is alive, even though the Tall Man apparently stabbed him a few scenes earlier. Mike mentions that Jodie died in a car accident. While this may seem to indicate that all of the rest of the film was a dream, the Tall Man confronts Mike in his bedroom.

I had earlier thought that the Tall Man had not managed to fatally stab Reggie but (1) he has at least peak human, if not metahuman, strenght (2) other problems; if the earlier events in the film had happened, then how come the authorities did not investigate the disappearance of the house at Morningside Cemetary (which was pulled through the warp), investigate the claims of empty graves, etc. Surely the sudden disappearance of the structure would provide compelling evidence of the paranormal or at least merit investigation by the police.

An idea I have is that the earlier part of the film was a pyschic vision that Mike experienced at some point in the past. Perhaps he had the vision before or after Tommy died, but definetly before Tommy's funeral, of a future where his snooping caused him to stumble upon the chicanery of the Tall Man. This was a precognitive vision of a possible future. The Tall Man somehow sensed that Mike had had that vision, and started targeting Mike because of his latent ESP, perhaps hoping to harness them or mold Mike into a successor. Therefore, the Tall Man arranged Jody's death (since Reggie in the vision seemed not all intimidating), thus disrupting the events of the vision from coming true.

As for Reggie-he experienced the start of Part II, but chose not to admit it to Mike so that Mike would forget about it and not cause anything to draw the Tall Man's attention back to them. The Tall Man chose not to risk attacking Mike at Moringside Psychiatric Clinic so as avoid drawing attention to his activities. Reggie foolishly thought the Tall Man had moved on.

Sadly, the Tall Man wanted to turn Mike to his side or still wanted to eliminate him, so he caused the death of Reggie's family to create an incentive for Mike to pursue him, or intended to neutralize Mike but the psychic premonition warned Mike.

Anyway, unless somehow Tommy returns some day, the proposed point of where Mike had the conjectured premonition will stand as a possibility.

Oh, as for Mike's parents in the part IV parents----they may have been step parents that he tried to live with after Jodie's accident who did not work out, before he ultimately decided to live with Reggie.

01:25, 10 June 2006 (UTC)Enda80

Citation needed for Entombed song[edit]

I don't know how to give this proper citation but I just listened to the song "Left Hand Path" from the same named album. The theme song is indeed there at 3:50 and continues in the background until 5:08 when the lead break begins. I know that proper citations should come from reliable sources but I can't seem to find any mainstream reviews for an album that came out in 1990. Death666 20:40, 14 December 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Within Temptation Angels[edit]

Listen to this on Youtube. They sampled the theme to Phantasm. 00:55, 19 December 2006 (UTC)Enda80

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BetacommandBot (talk) 15:49, 8 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]


Do considered this film and the franchise as a whole to be surrealist? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jeffreymoviechen (talkcontribs) 22:52, 8 October 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Do you have any sources that suggest these films are surrealist (eg. in the mold of Luis Buñuel)? I think it's possible to draw a line between a coherent fantasy narrative and the non sequiturs of surrealism, which, while often fantastical in nature, don't tend to aim for a conventional narrative (eg. good vs. evil). --Dominic Hardstaff (talk) 23:06, 8 October 2009 (UTC)[reply]
See the first entry on this talk page — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:19, 28 July 2011 (UTC)[reply]