Brace yourself for a journey beyond your worst nightmares as the Phantasm saga reaches its terrifying climax in a horrific explosion of gut-wrenching battles, lethal flying spheres and a spine-tingling quest to discover, o... more »nce and for all, the secret of the mysterious Tall Man. Including outtake footage excised from the bone-chilling original, Phantasm: Oblivion is a nerve-shattering thriller from start to finish! For years, the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) has waged a gruesome war against humanity, slowly populating the world with his undead legions. To stop the horrifying onslaught, two determined heroes, Michael (A. Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Bannister), hurtle themselves through a gateway in the time/space continuum, to unearth a vital clue that may put an end to the horror. But time is running out as the Tall Man amasses his dark army for a blood-curdling final assault in which Michael and Reggie must fight not only for their own lives, but the lives of all mankind.« less
Definitely the worst in the Phantasm series. If you've seen the first three, seeing this is like a mandatory chore. It's unbearably slow and seems to have no real purpose. I recently found an old article where the director bragged that the film's budget was on par with the original Phantasm. It's actually pretty obvious, since he padded this film with outtakes from the original...cutting room floor scraps that we were never supposed to see, stuff that makes no sense and has nothing to do with Phantasm (that's why it was cut!).
Phantasm IV is a lazy entry in the Phantasm series, one that Don Coscarelli should be absolutely ashamed of.
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Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA Reviewed on 3/1/2010...
This fourth installment of the series is all about backstory and setting up the rest of the series. It isn't nearly as action-packed as the rest of the series to this point. Therefore, fans of the Phantasm series will probably enjoy this film, but newbies might be lost or intimidated.
In this one, Mike has to confront the fact that he is from the same dimension as the Tall Man and possibly his heir. At the same time, Reggie and Jody race to save him before Tall Man can do something horrible to him. The problem is that Reggie isn't sure he can trust Jody since he has returned as one of the Tall Man's "death spheres". And Mike gets to see the origins of the Tall Man...from when he was a Civil War doctor until he entered the dimensional gate and returned as the Tall Man.
The movie is great if you're a fan, but as is obvious from the description, if you haven't seen the previous films, there's not going to be much for you here.
The ending can be a trifle disappointing, as well. Instead of concluding the series, it ends with a big cliffhanger. Add this to the fact that it's been over ten years since this one came out and they still haven't made another one, and it can be very frustrating. Still, if you're a Phantasm fan, this is a must-see.
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All TRUE Phantasm fans will love this...
email@example.com | Leominster, MA | 08/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Phantasm Oblivion can be a relatively challenging film if one isn't properly acquainted with the series. I don;t mean to talk down to casual Phantasm fans or those looking for a cheap scare, if you don't know the first three films rather well, part IV here will certainly confuse you.To those who have come to love these characters, Oblvion takes them all through quite the ride. Mike is struggling with his newfound 'power', the Tall Man wishes to seduce Mike into becoming like him while Reggie is still hot on his trail. There is a considerable amount of emotion evident here, director Coscarelli knows that at this point we know and care about our heros, the stakes are raised in this flick and hidden truths are finally revealed. The fascinating thing here is while some older questions are wrapped up, Oblivion opens many new questions up to the fans. There is enough happening in this film alone to keep them debating for years to come. It's all fasciating and Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man is still a very intimidating screen presence. The budget on this film was quite low (under 1 million), so you tell me, after watching this film, can you even begin to be impressed with what Coscarelli has done with his limited budget. If you know anything about filmmaking you must appreciate it, but of course, working miracles with no money still does not make a great film.Phantasm Oblivion is a success in every other way also, from the use of unused footage from the original, to the showcasing of Tall Man's origins, to the spectacularly sad ending, Oblivion may not be as scary as the orignal, but when you get this far into the series, being engrossed is much more important than being scared. Coscarelli engrossed me 10 times over and I'm hungry for more, the mark of a truly great film."
IT'S JUST THE WIND...
Anton Ilinski | Moscow, Russia | 12/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Being an avid "Phantasm" fan, I didn't like this film when I first saw it. Now, couple of years later, I watched it again and was slightly surprised because the impression improved. The forth installment to the series may not be as scary as the first one, not as gripping as the second and not as funny as the third, but Don Coscarelli made an unexpectable turn to thoughtfulness and philosophy. We are to discover many unknown and unexplored facts about the Tall Man and the nature of his abilities and creatures. We will be baffled about what's going on, because the story takes an unexpected turn and makes a loop returning to the very beginning. What was all that? A Nightmare? Some paranoid delusion? Just a dream? Or is it real? You'll learn the answers after watching but not all of them, certainly. "Phantasm" was always a kind of a movie where pretty much is left for your own imagination, so here you'll have to ponder too. By the way (in the next sentence there may be a spoiler, you may want to start reading the next paragraph), the ending of the forth part is the only one with no sudden Tall Man appearence and dwarves grabbing some of the characters. Here the finale is more like metaphysical.
The one ingenious discovery by Don Coscarelli here was that he inserted some of not previously used footage from the first "Phantasm". Those are the frames you didn't have a chance to see even in deleted scenes for the first film, and here they matched just right. Coscarelli tied the past and the present together, so we got this strange, sinister and global new phantasm. But still this is far from seeming to be a closure of the series. The Tall Man is still undefeated, the cities are still being desolated, Jody is still half a man-half a ball :), Mike (who is not dead, but it's hard to say if he's alive either) and Reggie are lost somewhere in time between dimensions. So the forth part looks rather a preparation for the final battle than the end itself. So we are left in suspended animation to wait for the pay-off. I just hope studios will come to agreement, find the financing and help Don Coscarelli finish the quintology. And I hope the last one will finally be written by Roger Avery. Every story has to have an ending."
Phantasm IV: Excellent
Tim Lasiuta | Red Deer, Alberta | 08/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
Horror/slasher films can be so predictable. Toss in a villainous character, add a body count, include gruesome CGI, meld in a suspenseful soundtrack (although it can be heavy metal now), cast a beautiful young woman for titillation, and use light sparingly. If you are so inclined, plan at least two sequels so you can release director cuts and special editions. Toss in a good story for good measure.
It's a good thing Don Coscarelli is not predictable. The Phantasm series, while possessing some of the `standard' horror film characteristics, eclipses itself in the fourth and last film. There have been zombies, dwarf killers, and a truly outstanding villain in the `Tall Man'. "Oblivion", while a final film, answers the questions that fans have been asking. "What caused the Tall Man to become evil?" "What are the spheres anyway?" "Did Jody really die in the car crash?" Lastly, can Mike stop the Tall Man from becoming evil?
Coscarelli's response is almost poetic. Mike travels through crystal gateways into alternate time frames and realities based on his what-ifs. Jody, his late brother, returns to guide him. The Tall Man teases him with the past, and the offer to join him as he hastens a final death for all mankind. "Be careful what you search for, you just might find it." The ice Cream Man, Reggie, travels through an abandoned landscape only to realize that his final destination depends on Michaels' actions. There is gore, there is action, and there is a strong underlying theme in the film. Our past decides our future. Our decisions have consequences.
The film is immaculately produced. Visually, the photography and special effects are well done. Sharp TV fans will notice the improved 1313 Mockingbird Lane house from the Munsters (now Astoria Lane in Desperate Housewives). The Alabama Hills and Lone Pine sparkle. In a backhanded tribute to the Lone Pine area, Coscarelli includes a western scene where the Cisco Kid and Lone Ranger once galloped. For a horror film, the few spots of humor are well handled and appropriate.
Intelligent horror is rare. This film makes the grade. Bravo Mr Coscarelli.
The best sequel in the series
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 09/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Don Coscarelli outdid himself with Phantasm IV: Oblivion, which is the best film in the series since the classic original, and by far the best sequel in the series as well. Picking up right where Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead left off, Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) is on the run from the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), with Reggie (Reggie Bannister) in hot pursuit. Soon enough, Mike begins to learn bits and pieces of the Tall Man's past, what role his dead brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) plays in all this, and his own mysterious ties to the Tall Man begin to unravel as well. While Phantasm IV does feature some predictable moments and suffers from some uneven pacing, Coscarelli manages to brilliantly integrate unused footage from his 1979 original to tie everything together, bringing the entire saga as close to full circle as it may well get. Needless to say, the Phantasm series has always managed to be one of the absolute best and most intelligent horror series over the past few decades, and Phantasm IV is ample proof. Maybe one day Coscarelli will finally give us a fifth film to bring it all to a close (and maybe we'll get Phantasm II on DVD too)."
The sequel with balls!.
Puzzle box | Kuwait | 01/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Don Coscerelli made the last film in the Phantasm series and Phantasm 4 was a great conclusion, so what do we expect from this film well there were a few unexpected surprises and plenty of flashbacks and this was basically footage from the first film and some deleted scenes which was very interesting it adds alot to the film but there was still some unanswered questions. The plot for this film was o.k. but still alot better than part 3 there were a few inconsistencies but I think Coscerelli did a great job there were still some great and memorable scenes like that zombie cop who tries to kill Reggie on the road. After the brief recap of the previous films, Part 4 starts up where the last one left off Reggie and Michael are back this time to finish off The Tall Man for good. As we ended part 3 Reggie was attacked by what seems like a hundred silver spheres while Michael escaped into the desert trying to ignore the ball inside his head and it seems like he might go through a change, The Tall Man however lets Reggie go since hes really after Michael and wants a real battle or something. Michael reaches Death Valley to find his destiny and The Tall Man's secrets I'm not going to ruin it but you'll just have to watch what happens next. Overall I would have to say that Phantasm 4 was a very good sequel and Reggie gets alot of screen time as usual hes one of my favorite characters from the series, he also gets involved with a girl and yet again he gets screwed over in a hilarious sequence and the dwarfs are back which is nice. There might be another installment in the works but I'm not sure if thats true or not but I hope that there is no re-make, anyway I highly recommend this film to horror fans and two thumbs up!."