YMMV / Phantoms

  • Awesome Moments:
    • Hammond telling Stu to stuff his crude comments about the sisters, even getting a bit physical with the bastard.
    • Flyte heading out alone to draw the Ancient Enemy out into the open so Hammond and the sisters can shoot it.
      Flyte: Show yourself. Gods have nothing to fear. Or do they?
    • Hammond facing off against the Ancient Enemy when it takes the form of a little boy he accidentally shot and killed, and is holding the vials holding the virus that can kill it.
      Ancient Enemy: You always had an urge to shoot little boys?
      Hammond: No. This time, I'm gonna miss. (shoots vials, wounding the Ancient Enemy)
  • Funny Moments:
    • Hammond and Flyte debating how to deal with the Ancient Enemy.
      Hammond: Enough! It's not a god, it's not a devil. It's just a fucking animal, and any living thing can be killed.
      Flyte: But this thing is what wiped out the dinosaurs! Which were pretty tough fucking customers!
    • Jennifer and Lisa confronting Replica!Stu:
      Replica!Stu: Oh, you've got some guns, ladies? You wouldn't shoot an unarmed man, would you?
      (Both sisters cock shotguns and point them at him)
    • And Replica!Stu's limbo comment mentioned under Narm.
  • Narm: Replica!Stu's scene in the movie is pretty funny, starting with him singing "I Fall To Pieces", interrupting it with a pretty Large Ham "OWWWW!" and especially when he yells out "DO THE LIMBO! HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?!" while chasing the heroines with Combat Tentacles.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Practically the whole book. Koontz is usually big on environmental and atmospheric description, and he uses it to uncomfortable advantage here. Some of the scariest bits involve Jenny and Lisa's initial exploration of the empty town, even before they find more bodies. The Take Our Word for It deaths of many of the soldiers also serve to make them more horrifying than it would have been if he'd shown it.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Any chapter containing the character Fletcher Kale. It's made even worse by the fact that, with the exception of the first chapter Fletcher appears in and the final epilogue chapter (where they attempt to assassinate the protagonists), he and his fellow psycho Eugene Terr never interact directly with any of the other main characters at all, and nothing else in the story would have been affected if they had been cut. It's hard to find the escape of a murderous sociopath the least bit compelling, or find the character the least bit menacing, given the Eldritch Abomination everyone else is dealing with several dozen miles away.