PHANTASM: RAVAGER is perhaps the most disappointing and horrificallyexecuted follow-up in a film series since TROLL 2, a declaration I onlywish was hyperbolic. It almost single-handedly unravels all the valueand merit gathered from the previous installments and it does so withalmost neolithic incompetence.<br><br>While we all knew that RAVAGER was the least-capitalized of the series,it's shocking at how poorly made it is, especially considering what DonCoscarelli was able to do with a comparable budget 37 years earlier.The film has all the production value of a SyFy Channel Asylum monstermovie (complete with unprocessed production audio), and with even lessnarrative cohesion. The script is cringe-inducingly bad, withlittle-to-no plot or agenda beyond wanting the viewer to question howmuch of Reggie's reality is real, and the dialogue is almost a parodyof bad movies done without irony. The actors, many of whom have haddecades of experience under their belt, behave as if they're in theirfirst student film, and every performance looks so horrificallyunder-rehearsed that it feels like they're reading their lines off ofcue cards taped to the other actors' heads.<br><br>It's also the least consistent with the style of the rest of theseries, and the film opens with a recap introduction that was so ineptthat I thought it was tacked on by an executive producer. And so manystretches of the movie involve the characters wandering around a desertsimply to pad time with a free location. To put it another way: I'vewaited 18 years to see this film and I actually fast-forwarded throughcertain scenes simply to see if they were going somewhere or to bypassthe sheer ineptitude of the filmmaking. That's how bad this film canbe. I have seen fan films on YouTube made for pocket change that showedmore talent, creativity, and cinematography than this.<br><br>I suspect that all this may have been done on purpose to ensure that noone would ask for another film (rendered moot since Angus Scrimm hasnow passed on), as Coscarelli has expressed a desire to move on fromPHANTASM films. It would have been better for all if Coscarelli hadsimply loaned out the film to screenwriters who wanted to take a whackat it instead of wasting decades until he came up with an idea. As itis, we've now lost so many potential sequels and have to suffer theindignity of this entry as its finale. The lack of any talent ondisplay in this film is almost an insult to fans of what was one of themost unique and beloved horror film series of the century.<br><br>RAVAGER is for completists only, and even then...I pity them for whatthey have to endure.
Fantasy / Horror
Fantasy / Horror
Reggie is wandering through the desert seeking out his friend Mike and the evil The Tall Man. Along his journey, he is hunted down by the dangerous spheres and stumbles upon the gorgeous Dawn. Out of the blue, he finds himself in an institution with Mike explaining that he has dementia and then in another dimension. Where is Mike?
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