This is one of my all time favorite movies.I'm sure most people have never even heard of it. I was only about 8 when it came out and i first seen it when I was around 13 and I have been a huge fan ever since. There is three sequels.There was talk after the fourth Phantasm that they were going to make a fifth one and for some reason or other they shelved the idea(much to my disappointment). That was in 1998, they just recently announced that they finished filming the fifth movie and it is supposed to be released some time 2015.I personally cannot wait. They even got the original cast.Angus Scrimm who plays the main villain is way up in his 80's so I think its amazing that they got him to come back.For those of you who haven't seen the I recommend giving it a try."It is a 1979 American horror film directed, written, photographed, co-produced, and edited by Don Coscarelli.It introduced us to the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm),a supernatural and malevolent undertaker who turns the dead into dwarf zombies to do his bidding and take over the world. He is opposed by a young boy, Mike (Michael Baldwin), who tries to convince his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and family friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) of the threat.Phantasm is a locally financed independent film; the cast and crew were composed of mostly amateurs and aspiring professionals. Although reviews were mixed, it was successful and became a cult film. Both positive and negative reviews focused on the dream-like, surreal narrative and imagery. It has appeared on several critics' lists of best horror films, and it has been cited as an influence on later horror franchises. It was followed by three sequels: Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), and Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998). The last two were released direct-to-video. In 2014, a fourth sequel titled Phantasm V: Ravager (2014) was announced".I am excited that they finally made the fifth installment as they left the fourth one with the impression that there would be a fifth one.And then it seemed like that would never happen.But it finally has.I just hope it is as good the other four in the franchise.It has the potential to be even better so we will see".The original theatrical release was June 1, 1979. It grossed $11,988,469 at the box office. MGM released Phantasm on laserdisc in November 1995 and on DVD in August 1998. Anchor Bay Entertainment re-released it on DVD on April 10, 2007.The film was rated #25 on the cable channel Bravo!'s list of The 100 Scariest Movie Moments. It also placed #75 in Time Out London's 100 best horror films. Drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs included it at #20 in his 25 Scariest DVDs Ever list. UGO placed the film (and the Tall Man) at #7 out of 11 in its Top Terrifying Supernatural Moments. Phantasm has become a cult film; Coscarelli attributes its cult following to nostalgia and its lack of answers, as repeated viewings can leave fans with different interpretations. USA Today described three characteristics that make it a cult film: "the touching portrayal of two brothers in danger, an iconic villain in The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and a floating metallic sphere that's a death-dealing weapon.USA Today quoted Jovanka Vuckovic, editor in chief of Rue Morgue, as stating that Supernatural, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and One Dark Night (1983) were all influenced by Phantasm."