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Phantoms (1998)

One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning.



(novel) (as Dean Koontz), (screenplay) (as Dean Koontz)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Steve Shanning
Scientist Lockland
Scientist Yamaguchi (as Rachel Shane)
Scientist Burke
John Hammil ...
Scientist Talbot
John Scott Clough ...
Scientist Shane
Soldier Velazquez
William Hahn ...
Scientist Borman
Robert Himber ...
Scientist Walker


In the peaceful town of Snowfield, Colorado something evil has wiped out the community. And now, it's up to a group of people to stop it, or at least get out of Snowfield alive. Written by <creep945@aol.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dean Koontz's Phantoms  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,065,951, 25 January 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,657,370, 15 February 1998
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rose McGowan and Liev Schreiber appeared in Scream (1996). See more »


When the body of Deputy Henderson (actor Larry Odien) is found, several empty shell cases are found around his body showing that he had fired at (and presumably hit) whoever or whatever is involved in the missing/killing of the townspeople. The empty shell cases shown are of a "bottle-necked" design. While the Beretta 92 series pistol that the deputy carried is available in several calibers none are of a bottle-neck design. While this type of ammunition IS available in some handguns it's use is far more common in long-guns such as carbines and rifles. See more »


General Copperfield: Just what is this thing?
Timothy Flyte: Chaos. Chaos in the flesh.
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Jesus Loves Me
Performed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
Written by William B. Bradbury and Anna B. Warner (as Anna Bartlett Warner)
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Why are these people in this movie?
10 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I admit that I've never read a Dean Koontz book, but I have nothing against the horror genre. I watched this movie mainly because Peter O'Toole is in it, and I also like Rose McGowan for her edgy roles.

I was impressed, but not in a good way, by three things. First, the cinematography was awful. Badly shot, it had special effects that looked like special effects instead of being part of the movie. The whole thing looked amateurish, as if it was shot to be a CBS after-school movie (was it?)

Secondly, the dialogue and it's delivery was very weak. The lines were delivered as if they were the best words ever to be said on screen and not part of the dialogue, which would have been a better choice. In short, it came across over-acted. Very strange considering there is some real talent in this one.

The last thing is the story. Not to slam Koontz - maybe it's not his error- but there doesn't seem to be any consistency or reasoning in the characters. Why is Shreiber's character such a happy goof in the face of such danger? No reason. Why are McGowan's and Going's characters able to pick up shotguns and shoot them like they've been using them all their lives? No reason. For that matter, how is a dentist able to calmly give an autopsy on a gory, faceless corpse that has just been brutally murdered by a supernatural force? no reason. Why not, I guess...

This movie left me wondering why it was made so poorly, and more importantly why, in 1998, when most of these actors had decent careers, did they choose to be in this garbage?

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