272 Bedford St., Stamford, CT Phone: 203-967-3660.
8:30 pm. PHANTASM is a surprisingly artful and imaginative horror film, an impressive film for 23-year-old director Don Coscarelli who worked with a miniscule budget to create a small masterpiece. When Mike (Michael Baldwin) spies some sinister creatures stealing corpses from the local cemetery, he and his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) explore the mausoleum, where they find that the mortician known as the "Tall Man", a towering, emaciated figure with superhuman strength, has somehow bridged the gap between Earth and the afterworld. He is shrinking dead bodies and reanimating them as slaves. Among the tools of his trade is a flying Swiss army pinball that bores into the skulls of its hapless victims then extracts their brains. The brothers, after their allies are killed off one by one, are left to defend humankind against the nefarious "Tall Man" and his army of shrouded dwarves. PHANTASM is a memorable chiller with more than its share of genuine shocks. Members $7, non members $12, students $9