1988 / d. Don Coscarelli
Don Coscarelli’s faster, gorier follow-up to his eerie 1979 cult classic. PHANTASM II continues to follow lead character Michael — now grown up and released from a mental institution — as he reunites with Reggie, and continues the fight against the Tall Man’s sinister plot to bring about Hell on earth. The bigger budget allowed for more special effects, and the Tall Man’s balls (which, let’s be honest, is what we’re all dying to see) get far more screen-time. Plenty of creepy scenes take place in and around cemeteries, churches, and ghost-towns, thus delivering the atmospheric goods that every horror fan craves. Lookout for the epic-as-hell chainsaw duel which by itself warrants giving PHANTASM II a watch.