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At Theaters: 1/23/1998 On Video: 7/14/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 31 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 019811
Studio: Dimension Films
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In a small town, 700 people are dead. Nobody knows why. Now, it's up to the only four survivors to decipher the mystery and destroy this terrifying threat - before it wipes us off the face of the Earth. Unfortunately they're dealing with a voracious, shape-shifting force that has the power to exterminate species and eliminate civilizations.

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Thriller - PHANTOMS is a psychological thriller that combines traditional horror elements with a little science fiction and action. It is designed mostly for those who like the films and novels of Dean Koontz (who wrote PHANTOMS) and Stephen King.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia)
Joanna Going (Inventing the Abbotts)
Rose McGowan (Scream)
Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting)
Liev Schreiber (Ransom, Mixed Nuts)
Ex Prod/Wri: Dean Koontz (No previous films, a novelist)
Director: Joe Chappelle (Thieves Quartet)
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Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Extreme and Occasional
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Occasionally Graphic and Frequent
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Occasional
COMEDY: None
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Below Average
To call Phantoms dissatisfying is to oversimplify the problem. A better term is frustrating, because you have the sense that there's so much more to the story than what shows up on screen. Of course, that's often the problem with adapting a novel, even when the screenwriter and the book's author are the same. The movie has such a sketchy, rushed feel that it's almost like reading the outline of a story rather than the story itself. The plot flashes by at breakneck speed and there's little or no time for character development. What there is time for, however, are the obligatory scare tactics necessary to make the audience jump at shadows.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 112 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
24
High
88%%
13-19Teens (F)
14
Fairly High
79%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
16
Fairly High
88%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
Low
42%%
30+Adults (M)
25
Fairly High
76%%
30+Adults (F)
21
Fairly Low
43%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Mankind has always worried that the terror would come from above. What if it comes from below?

In a small Colorado town, 700 people are dead. Nobody knows why. The only survivors are two sisters, the town sheriff and a professor with an expertise in ancient epidemics. Based on the novel from acclaimed suspense master Dean Koontz, PHANTOMS is a supernatural thriller about an ancient force that's laid dormant below the Earth for centuries. It has the power to exterminate species and eliminate civilizations. It is a voracious, shape-shifting force that can black out a city in an instant, transform everything in its path, and strike utter terror into the hearts of all who encounter it. And it's come to the surface again.

Now, it's up to four people to decipher the mystery and destroying this terrifying threat - before it wipes us off the face of the Earth.

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