Absolutely ahead of its time!! I ignorantly thought Harry Potter was the first to showcase a moving photo but I didn't realize that Phantasm had that technology down back in 1979. Wow.
It's a great movie for anytime but especially around Halloween. I plan to now watch the other installments and hope they're just as good. I don't think I would've ever watched this if not for the Shudder channel here on Amazon. Thanks for introducing me!
Btw, what's sad is that I was born in 1977 so I'm old enough that I should've run across this movie growing up at some point but somehow I either forgot I watched it or I never crossed paths with it on tv in all these years. Oh well. Better late than never!