"I can't say this movie was good, but I enjoyed it none the less"
Okay, so let's get this straight right away. This movie wasn't very good. But let's look at the grand spectrum of not-very-good movies, and this was has to be sitting among the top contenders. I was bored, I had money, I wanted to see a weird movie. I rented Phantoms. What else am I going to do on a lazy afternoon? Homework? I think not.So, Dean Kootz rocks the world. His books kick. And in the grand tradition of book-to-movie flicks, there's no way in hell a film can live up to a book.
It's just, Americans are lazy as shit, folks. We want the story delivered to us, rather than doing the work ourselves. And so, some Hollywood Shmoe Joe decides to try and deliver. To a certain degree, they failed.
But to another, they succeeded.
Okay, so the story is scary as shit. Imagine, a whole town wiped out. That's just cool, okay. The sisterly duo of doctor and rebelious teen return to the cozy town to find everyone dead. And way to few bodies, which probably not a good thing.
Enter Ben Affleck, local Sheriff with a history that got him kicked out of the FBI. Not a great role by any means, or a believable history. It sorta gets in the way. But I like Ben and always have. So I stuck with him.
The scares are cheap, most of them, but most of the acting was decent. The killer dog was about the coolest thing. But the moth? Please. Altough he did do a number on Stu's face.
Bringing me to my biggest complaint in the movie. Stu the stu-pid cop. Why is he so fucking insane??? It makes no sense! And why him? Why does he come back. He's a perverted joke with about as much common sense as a pile of monkey poop. But, yet, he acts the way he acts. It makes no sense.So, the movie ain't great. But it is sort of fun on video. If you give it a look, don't take it seriously. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. You'll be scared a little. But just a little.