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. They also must contend with the resurrected dead plus a growing number of the infamous and deadly silver spheres which aid the Tall Man as he sets his sights on indoctrinating Mike and finishing the fight begun so many years ago.Written by
Production wrapped in mid 1993. The distribution of the project was then put on hold by Universal for almost a year, while debates went on as to whether the film would be released theatrically and then go to video, or if it should be released straight-to-video. After a very limited theatrical release in 1994 ( in Japan, and festival screenings in North America, Belgium, and Argentina ) , the movie went straight to video in 1995. See more »
In the beginning of the scene where the group is sleeping in the desert, Reggie goes to get Mike while Rock lies next to him and Tim lies on the other side of the campfire. But when Reggie comes out with Mike, Tim and Rocky are next to each other. See more »
Do you think we're playing games kid? This is for real.
So is this.
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The final words in the credits read: Unauthorized duplication, distribution, or exhibition may result in civil liability, criminal prosecutions, and THE WRATH OF THE TALL MAN. See more »
The 1994 UK Guild video release featured the R-rated print and was further edited before submission by the distributors to remove all footage of nunchakus. The 2005 Anchor Bay DVD was the complete and uncut version. See more »
Mike and Reggie continue to hunt the mysterious Tall Man...
According to Reggie Bannister, Universal Studios refused to theatrically distribute the film due to a conflict with Coscarelli. The film was released direct-to-video in 1994. In 1996, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Phantasm III" was one of the top 100 highest selling direct-to-video titles.
Some say this is the weakest in the series. As I have not seen part four yet, I cannot comment with authority, but I will say it is not as great as the original or the sequel. I still enjoyed it, and it has some fun moments and good special effects, but little seems to happen overall. But I suppose any time you see Reggie with a flame thrower, that is a good thing.
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