Another fun entry in Shudder’s ever-growing repertoire of Joe Bob Briggs and his distinctive brand of horror fandom, this showing of “Phantasm 3” manages to improve the viewing experience of the film itself by filtering it through Joe Bob’s own bewilderment at the ‘wtf’ of it all. After all, the “Phantasm” series is a psychedelic mind trip that often feels like watching someone else’s nightmare in real time, and Joe Bob’s enthusiastic encouragement to experience the series with him in “altered states” (nudge nudge wink wink) makes the communal aspect of Shudder’s experiment all the more poignant. Things become a bit of a slog once series star Reggie Bannister joins Joe Bob, because as nice a man as Bannister appears to be, he doesn’t bring much to the table and seems uncomfortable with the format. The movie itself is passably entertaining in a forgettable way, but watching it with Joe Bob connects you to a larger community and it makes the whole thing really entertaining.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)