Film & Video

Phantoms (Film)


Release Date: 1998
Publisher: Dimension Home Video
SBN: #13555


Release Date: 1998
Publisher: Dimension Home Video
SBN: #13555 AS


Release Date: 1998
Publisher: Dimension Home Video
SBN: #149893


Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
The Blu-ray release is titled “6-Film Masters of Terror V.2” and includes the films Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Hellraiser: Hellseeker, Venom, Cursed, Darkness, and Phantoms.


Released January 23, 1998
Miramax Films
Starring: Peter O’Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Leiv Schreiber and Ben Affleck
Director: Joe Chapelle
96 Minutes

The film’s poster came in two versions. The first has the film logo underground, beneath a street lined with buildings. The second version featured the faces of the four young stars, to capitalize on the popularity of a similar poster done for the film Scream.

In March 1998 many DC comic books included a full-page, color reproduction of the original film poster.

Phantoms placed ninth its opening weekend grossing $3,065,951 in1859 engagements.

Phantoms has subsequently been re-released on both DVD and Blu-ray in conjunction with other films as with the original Blu-ray release and in a stand-alone DVD release.


Articles & Reviews

  • Detroit News, “O’Toole tries a little horror”, Nov 1,  1996 sec E p5
  • Cinefantastique, “Eagerly Awaited”, v29, no2, August 1997 p4
  • Cinefantastique, “Phantoms”, v29 no 3, September 1997 p6
  • Cinefantastique, “Dean R. Koontz’ Phantoms”, Steven J. Lehti, Vol. 29, No. 4/5, October 1997, p16-17,19-20
  • Cinefantastique, ”Phantoms Effects”, Dale Kutzera, Vol. 29, No. 4/5, October 1997, p18-19
  • Cinefantastique, ”Phantoms: Peter O’Toole”, Steven J. Lehti, Vol. 29, No. 4/5, October 1997, p21
  • Fangoria,  “Phantoms: Shifting Shapes of Fear”,  #168, Nov 1997, p34(6), Anthony C. Ferrante
  • Boston Globe, “O’Toole rumpled but thrilling in Phantoms”, Jan 15 1998 sec E p2
  • The Orange County Register, “The Dean’s List”, January 20 1998, Show Tuesday, p1,4-5
  • Associated Press, “Horror author pleased with film”, Jan 21 1998 5:27am EST
  • Dallas Morning News, “The Dreams of Dean Koontz”, Jan 21 1998, Charles Ealy
  • Hollywood Online, “Koontz exorcises the Phantoms within”, Jan 22 1998, Nina Davidson
  • Reuters, “Phantoms spookily enjoyable”, Jan 23 1998 8:47am EST
  • Post Gazette, “Shot in the Dark: Dim Phantoms Fails to Thrill”, Jan 23, 1998 (online), Barry Paris
  • Variety, “Phantoms” review, Jan 23, 1998, Godfrey Cheshire
  • Hollywood Online, “Dean Koontz scares up Phantoms”, Jan 1998 – Original URL:
  • New York Times Online, “Phantoms: A monster hungry for attention”, Jan 23 1998, Stephen Holden
  • Movie Mail, E-mail announcement of the opening sent on Jan 23 1998
  • TV Guide,  July 25-31 1999 p31 (ad for video)


  • Peter O’Toole The Definitive Biography by Robert Sellers, Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, 2012

1989 film version

According to an advertisement in a 1989 issue of Variety, New World International had started per-production on a film of Phantoms. Unfortunately, I do not have any additional details about this project or even which issue of Variety this ad appeared in.

Variety 1989
Variety 1989

Last updated on April 9th, 2018