Four years after Phantasm III comes Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998). At the ending of Phantasm III, Tim is pulled through a window while Reggie is detained by several spheres, which is not touched on in this chapter. However, Mike experiences flashbacks while driving a hearse, showing things that happened in the previous three movies.
Angus Scrimm was 72 when this was released, so it’s not surprising that he is showing his age. I just wish the body double was a better match because his movements aren’t quite right, and neither is his face when I caught a glimpse in the hanging scene. But at least now, we know why the Tall Man wants Mike.
This ethereal chapter in the Phantasm franchise is the original story for the Tall Man and is very chilling. The effects and make-up are reminiscent of the 1980s, so much so, I thought the police officer was Chatterer from Hellraiser for a moment. The cool part is the cut scenes from the original and how they incorporate them into Phantasm IV.
The ending is something to see and probably my favorite (so far). I enjoyed Phantasm IV: Oblivion a lot and gave it 4 out of 5 Stars.
Don’t miss next week for the conclusion of the Phantasm binge-athon.