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Phantasm IV: Oblivion

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Editorial Reviews

The Sequel With Balls... Now Loaded With Extras! Writer/director Don Coscarelli reunites A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury and Angus Scrimm for the final shocking chapter of the most unique series in horror movie history! As The Tall Man’s unholy harvest reaches its crescendo, Mike, Reggie and Jody will converge across portals of time and dimensions of the undead to uncover his startling secrets. Flying spheres will be unleashed. Ice cream vendors will reload. But will the ultimate nightmare end where it all began? The final game now begins in this decisive sequel that Digitally Obsessed calls "a superb conclusion…one of the most rewarding films in the series!"

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Don Coscarelli and Actors Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm
  • Phantasm IV: Behind the Scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, Heidi Marnhout, Bob Ivy
  • Directors: Don Coscarelli
  • Writers: Don Coscarelli
  • Producers: A. Michael Baldwin, Don Coscarelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phantasm IV: Oblivion" on IMDb

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By Tim Lasiuta on August 26, 2008
Format: DVD
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.
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Phantasm IV just might be my favorite film of all time, and I'd like to explain why I adore it so much and feel that, in every sense, it IS a fitting end to the series, and that it leaves NO questions unanswered.

This series has always been a riddle, always an enigma, and the answers are as difficult to see when they're right in front of you as perhaps the destination of one of the Tall Man's dimensional forks.

I'm sure everyone has a theory of what was meant or implied by a lot of the events of Phantasm IV, and here's my personal take that I strongly believe in, so much so that when I watch part IV, it brings tears to my eyes, every time, without fail.

A lot of people get confused by the "contradictory" flashback scenes that depict different events than what happened in the original Phantasm.

Think about IS true that the ending of Phantasm reveals that everything was just a bad dream, and that Jody died in a car wreck. But poor confused little Michael claims that everything felt so real...

Ten years later, his dream is proven a reality because the Tall Man is back, desecrating every town he travels through-he also kills Reggie's family. Reggie then believes Michael and the two team up and the rest of the series plays out rather linearly.

But...then how could everything have been a dream, if it all proved true? What....REALLY happened?

In part IV, Michael is not only beginning to understand everything about the Tall Man's origins, but about the CORRECT origins to his own connection to it all. It WAS a dream, but something ELSE happened. All the flashback footage we are shown in part IV finally reveals what REALLY happened when Michael first encountered the Tall Man.
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Phantasm: OblIVion (1998)
Phantasm: OblIVion,is the fourth installment in the Phantasm series.It's a little better than Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, but still does not match the tones and scares of the first two films,Phantasm and Phantasm II.
It's very nice to see the humor from Phantasm III gone and were back to being scary again.The music score of Phantasm IV is absolutely stunning.Christopher Stone is a brilliant composer and in my honest opinion,his score was better than Fred Myrow's score from Phantasm,Phantasm II,and Phantasm III.It's arguably the best score of the entire Phantasm series.
It's great to know "The Tall Man's" true idenity.His real name is Jebediah Morningside,and he was warm and friendly before he became the cold-hearted,sinister "Tall Man".
Phantasm: OblIVion was a thrill ride from start to finish.The music score blew me away,the special effects are top-notch,and the performances are great.This is far better than Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead,but it still can't match Phantasm and Phantasm II.It's still recommended though.
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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).
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