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Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)

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Mike travels through time and dimensions to find the Tall Man's origins.

Director:

Don Coscarelli

Writers:

Don Coscarelli (characters), Don Coscarelli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
A. Michael Baldwin ... Mike
Reggie Bannister ... Reggie
Bill Thornbury ... Jody
Heidi Marnhout ... Jennifer
Bob Ivy ... Demon Trooper
Angus Scrimm ... The Tall Man / Dr. Jebediah Morningside
Christopher L. Stone Christopher L. Stone ... Music & Dwarf Creatures (voice) (as Christopher Stone)
Chloe Kay Chloe Kay ... Background Player
Sylvia Flammer Sylvia Flammer ... Background Player
David Gasster David Gasster ... Background Player
Sasha Kassel Sasha Kassel ... Background Player
Aidan Kassel Aidan Kassel ... Background Player
Eric Avary Eric Avary ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Andy John Andy John ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
George A. Craig George A. Craig ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
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Storyline

Taking off immediately where the last one ended, in this episode Mike travels across dimensions and time fleeing from the Tall Man, at the same time he tries to find the origins of his enemy, and what really happened the night that his brother died. Meanwhile, Reggie (accompanied by a beauty he picked up on the road) battles the spheres and the undead in a quest to find Mike before the Tall Man can complete his transformation. Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Taglines:

You Can't Go Forward Until You've Gone Back. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence/gore and some strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantasm: Phorever See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reggie Bannister's future wife, Gigi Bannister worked on the production with the gory special makeup effects. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 3 mins) When Mike and Jodi are walking through the "deserted" town, supposedly everyone in town has been killed by The Tall Man, when the Tall Man walks down the centre of the street you can see an old lady pushing an empty shopping cart, and a car driving around a corner in the distance. See more »

Quotes

Jody: I didn't abandon you Mike. I was taken.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits say 'PHANTASM', then the roman numerals 'IV' (for four) come cascading down from above onto the screen right below the word 'PHANTASM', then the subtitle 'OBLIVION' appears, with the roman numeral IV forming the 'i' and the 'v' in the word OblIVion See more »

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Soundtracks

Have You Seen It?
Lyrics by Reggie Bannister
Performed by Reggie Bannister (as Reggie B) & the Jizz Wailin' Ya' Doggies
From the CD album "Fools Paradise"
Courtesy of Plan 10 Recordings
Executive Producer Terry J. Svejda
Produced by Doug Agee
Alpha Sound Services Geneva, Il.
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Best sequel in the series
31 May 2004 | by DGlen1979See all my reviews

What makes this series so consistent is the fact that the same writer/director, Don Coscarelli, is responsible for all four entries. Some phans prefer the second film for its tendency to lean more toward being an action film, while others like the cartoonish, over-the-top aspects of the third entry. Personally, I think this one (IV) is the best sequel. I love the fact that it is more in the moody, psychological vein of the original, which is by far the best in the series in my opinion. IV uses some beautiful locations- a rocky beach, a desert with intricate rock formations, and a completely unpopulated downtown Los Angeles (I'm assuming that's what city it is). These serve as really interesting backdrops for Mike, Reggie, Jody and the Tall Man (all the original actors returned, too). All this is beautifully shot by D.P. Chris Chomyn, who did a great job. The plot is not completely clear, but also not complex. The Tall Man is after Mike with the intent to turn him into another "Tall Man" sort-of undertaker. Meanwhile there's a subplot where Reggie encounters a beautiful female on the road (as he does in both other sequels). The dialogue is sparse and much of the meaning is implied. One of the most impressive things about the film is the way they were able to incorporate so much unused footage from the original (19 years earlier) into the story. Despite the time difference, the new film and the old footage work together perfectly, and that is a really cool thing to behold. The film actually ends with a flashback- a poignant and subtle scene that is unlike the endings of the other three movies, leaving the series with what could be a perfect close. But if Coscarelli and Co. want to come back and do another one, what Phantasm phan is gonna dispute it?! Not me!


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