Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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 <>

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The sequel with balls! See more »


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

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13 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Phantasm IV: Infinity  »

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$650,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After a very mixed fan reaction and some harsh criticism received in relation to Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), Don Coscarelli decided that he had already gone too far in the action/comedy direction. Subsequently, he wanted to bring the saga "back to its roots" crafting a low budget sequel more focused in the horror and surrealist aspects of the story, in the vein of Phantasm (1979). At the same time, plenty of unused footage from the original film was located after having being lost for years. The conjunction of both things ultimately became the basis for Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998). See more »


When Reggie begins to change the tire on the Barracuda, the convertible top is down. A few minutes later when he stands up, the top is up. See more »


The Tall Man: Careful what you look for. You just might find it.
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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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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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Not a bad sequel, just not a satisfying conclusion
9 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I made a huge mistake when I began to watch the 'Phantasm' series. I started with this one and only because I couldn't find the original and just wanted to see this series so badly. I'd heard good things about it, but that was decreased a bit after seeing this film. It was made worse after I saw the first three because they're all so good by comparison. Every series has at least one installment that can be called the weakest and 'Phantasm: Oblivion' seemed to be this one's example, but then I gave it another chance. It's still my least favorite of the series, but I've realized that after all is said and done it's really not a bad film. It is however a mediocre finale, which may not be the case if V gets it's funding.

Pros: A really powerful opening five minutes, which includes an unnecessary, but well done series recap. As usual the performances are excellent. It's cool to see alternate footage from the original in the form of flashbacks. We finally start to get some answers as to when and how this all started. Another really good music score. Setting a large portion of the film at night increases the chill factor. Pace is kind of slow, but steady. Some decent effects.

Cons: Lacking in action. Still a lot of unanswered questions. Though it's nice to see the deleted footage from the first film, a lot of it feels like padding. It's also cool to see Bill Thornberry again, but he's way underutilized.

Final thoughts: As another sequel, 'Oblivion' is above average and much better than I remember. But as a fan it just doesn't feel like a satisfying end to it all. A fifth film is said to be in the works, but it needs financing and to happen soon. This is overall a great series, but the wait for this next sequel is starting to get excruciating.

My rating: 3.5/5

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