Jan. 8th, 2009

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So, I watched the entire series of Phantasm (known in Australia as "The Never Dead") movies last week. When Izz asked me what they were about, I told her they were about an alien from another dimension pretending to be an undertaker who was killing people and stealing corpses from graves in order to crush them down to half-size, put them in Jawa costumes and send them to their own dimension to work as slaves, by means of a gigantic tuning fork. Oh, and metal balls fly through the air and kill people too.

She thought I was kidding.

You have to admire a series of four films that, for twenty years, used the same actors, writer, director and, let's face it, plot. They're demented, illogical, random, silly, terribly acted, ineptly directed... and rather a lot of fun. Extra points for Reggie Bannister, an ugly, bald aging hippy, getting to make out with or at least share a bed with a different beautiful young woman in every single one of the sequels.

I give them three flying metal balls of death. :)

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