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Writers (WGA):
Don Coscarelli (characters)
Don Coscarelli (written by)
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Release Date:
13 October 1998 (USA) See more »
The sequel with balls! See more »
Taking off immediately where the last one ended, in this episode Mike travels across dimensions and time fleeing from the Tall Man... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Highly impressive sequel effort See more (99 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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 ... Music & Dwarf Creatures (voice) (as Christopher Stone)
Chloe Kay ... Background Player
Sylvia Flammer ... Background Player
David Gasster ... Background Player
Sasha Kassel ... Background Player
Aidan Kassel ... Background Player
Eric Avary ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Andy John ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
George A. Craig ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Steven C. Kassel ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Robert Gates ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Todd Mecklem ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Jason Jacobs ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Michael Perkins ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Colin Jessup ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Stanley Potter ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Bret Schweinfurth ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman
Robert Tomaszewski ... 13th Morningside Volunteer Infantryman

Directed by
Don Coscarelli 
Writing credits
Don Coscarelli (characters)

Don Coscarelli (written by)

Produced by
A. Michael Baldwin .... co-producer
Don Coscarelli .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher L. Stone 
Cinematography by
Chris Chomyn 
Film Editing by
Scott J. Gill 
Production Design by
Naython Vane  (as Naython Williams)
Art Direction by
Mike Roth  (as Michael Roth)
Set Decoration by
Bret Schweinfurth (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Shelley Kay 
Makeup Department
Melanie Marangakis .... makeup artist
Soo-Jin Yoon .... chief hair stylist
Soo-Jin Yoon .... chief makeup artist
Production Management
Rosa Gonzalez .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Shiffman .... first assistant director
Dawn Stewart .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Kristen Deem .... property master (as Carol Deem)
Sound Department
Stud Brentler .... boom operator
Smith Craig .... dialogue re-recording mixer
Bryan Franklin .... dialogue editor
Jerry Gilbert .... project manager
Michael Kreple .... adr editor
Michael Kreple .... adr mixer
Michael Kreple .... adr supervisor
Greg Louden .... foley artist
Greg Mauer .... foley editor
Greg Mauer .... foley recordist
Jacqueline Meijer .... project coordinator
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... sound design editor
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... sound effects supervisor
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Andy Potvin .... dolby sound consultant
Paul Ratajczak .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Ratajczak .... sound supervisor
Enzo Treppa .... sound mixer
Steve Tushar .... sound effects editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Wales .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Gary Beal .... pyrotechnician (as Gary Beall)
Howard Berger .... shop supervisor: KNB EFX Group
Kamar Bitar .... coordinator: KNB EFX Group
Gino Crognale .... sculptor: KNB EFX Group
Michael Deak .... shop supervisor: KNB EFX Group (as Mike Deak)
Chris Hanson .... sculptor: KNB EFX Group
Steve Hartman .... mold department: KNB EFX Group
Chiz Hasegawa .... coordinator: KNB EFX Group
Garrett Immel .... sculptor: KNB EFX Group (as Garret Immel)
Robert Kurtzman .... shop supervisor: KNB EFX Group (as Bob Kurtzman)
Gigi Fast Elk Porter .... special effects makeup coordinator (as Roberta 'Gigi' Porter)
Brian Rae .... mold department: KNB EFX Group
Karrie Ralston .... purchasing: KNB EFX Group
Henrik von Ryzin .... sculptor: KNB EFX Group (as Henrik Van Ryzin)
Bill Zahn .... sculptor: KNB EFX Group
Visual Effects by
Robin Berman .... compositor: Desert Gates
Robin Berman .... title sequence designer
Alex Harman .... 3d animator
David Klemens .... creative director
David Merrell .... lead animator
D. Kerry Prior .... visual effects creator: sphere effects
Bob Ivy .... stunt coordinator
Bob Ivy .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Ayers .... steadicam operator
Precy C. Betiong .... first assistant camera (as Precy Betiong)
Colin Hudson .... steadicam operator
Adam Janeiro .... chief lighting technician
Scott Libolt .... still photographer
Peyton Skelton .... chief lighting technician
Dan Trachtenberg .... key grip (as Daniel Trachtenberg)
Daniel Vecchione .... best boy electric
Joe Waistell .... first assistant camera (as Joe Waistel)
Justin Zaharczuk .... second assistant camera
Adam Janeiro .... director of photography: additional photography (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kristen Deem .... costumer (as Jessica Morgenseit)
Editorial Department
Garen Alaverdian .... lightworks technician
Ryan Davidson .... post production supervisor
Bobby Gates .... assistant editor (as Robert Gates)
Donald Milne .... assistant editor
Robert Tomaszewski .... telecine colorist
Jim Williams .... color timer
Music Department
Jon Lewin .... music editor
Steve Morrell .... composer: additional music (as Steven Morrell)
Fred Myrow .... composer: theme music (as Fredric Myrow)
Daniel Schweiger .... temporary soundtrack
Malcolm Seagrave .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Alan Carlson .... animal handler: scorpion
Alan Carlson .... animal handler: tortoise
Kristen Deem .... script supervisor
Starlet Derby .... production assistant
Christopher Malinowski .... production assistant (as Chris Malinowski)
Sara McCaffree .... production assistant
Jason R. Savage .... production coordinator (as Jason Savage)
David Sharlein .... production assistant
Dawn Stewart .... key set production assistant
Brent Studler .... key set production assistant
Guy Thorpe .... funeral coach coordinator
Guy Thorpe .... hearse coordinator
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs (uncredited)
Roger Avary .... special thanks
Jennifer Bross .... special thanks
David G. Brown .... special thanks
Jeff Conner .... special thanks
Richard Elkin .... special thanks
Sam Gasster .... special thanks
Bill Jenkins .... special thanks
Paul Pepperman .... special thanks
Roberto A. Quezada .... special thanks
Leonard Shapiro .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Phantasm IV: Infinity" - USA (alternative title)
"Phantasm: oblIVion" - USA (video title)
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Rated R for horror violence/gore and some strong language
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2007) | Germany:18 | Germany:16 (cut) | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Bob Ivy burned his feet performing the dangerous fire gag involving the exploding police car.See more »
Continuity: When Michael meets Morningside, as he backs away, he backs into an old lady sitting in a chair. Morningside touches her hand, then walks behind the chair and gestures with his right hand towards Michael, yet when the camera goes back to the old lady, she's still holding his right hand.See more »
The Tall Man:Careful what you look for. You just might find it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scarewaves (2014)See more »
Have You Seen It?See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Highly impressive sequel effort, 12 February 2008
Author: slayrrr666 ( from Los Angeles, Ca

"Phantasm IV: Oblivion" is a more than qualified conclusion to the series.


Fleeing through the country, Mike, (A. Michael Baldwin) finds that The Tall Man, (Angus Scrimm) has implanted a Silver Sphere into his skull to turn him into one of the minions he controls, while his friend Reggie, (Reggie Bannister) is held captive. Following the spirit of his trapped brother Jody, (Bill Thornbury) out to Death Valley, they all meet together to determine what's going on. Realizing that the Tall Man had plans for them from the very beginning in his quest to take over the world, they manage to find the secret of who The Tall Man really is, using his time-travel equipment to venture into the past to see who he really was in the past life. As they gather more about the Tall Man, he realizes that they're going against his plans, forcing him to unleash the full force of his demons against them in an effort to stop them fry ruining his plans for world domination.

The Good News: This here was one of the more impressive entries in the series. One thing it has going for it is the really big and grandiose action scenes in the film. What helps it the most is that the majority of the scenes are largely familiar stuff of the series. There's a spectacular car flip and rescue, two exploding vehicles, some aggressive jumping dwarfs and a silver-sphere attack, the last of which occurs after the inevitable attempt by one to get off with the equally inevitable girl picked up en route. These are all great to witness, giving the film some life it may not otherwise have had. In terms of atmosphere and suggestion, the film scores rather well. The in-car visions of the past and the initial encounter with the phantom patrolman proving to genuinely creepy. Equally effective is the flashbacks and alternate reality visions and memories, presenting us with absolutely unique scenes that are quite imaginative and really intriguing. The longest one, a night-time chase through a forest will get plenty of atmospheric scenes in, including the sequence where the hanging Tall Man ushers a big remark offering peace in exchange for his freedom. It's a great scene, and one of the best ones in the film. The sight of The Tall Man appearing as a regular human, sitting on his porch and offering the visiting Mike a glass of home-made lemonade is pretty impressive as well. Another cool thing about this sequel are the many eerie and haunting locations, such as a lonely beach, spooky rock formations, a lifeless street in LA and barren salt flats that give it such an otherworldly, supernatural feel that the typical mausoleums and old graveyards of the previous ones didn't. Although there's some really dull moments, there's also some big moments in here to get some big moments in, especially the autopsy scene that reveals a big surprise for one of the victims, with the Silver Spheres getting a welcome appearance that wouldn't have otherwise been. An attack from the spheres late in the film, leading to many of it's true gore set-pieces as they cling to major body parts is something to behold, and there's some more in here that are very welcome. All in all, this is a very worthy sequel entry.

The Bad News: There wasn't very many flaws in here, but they were somewhat important. The fact that it follows the conventions of the series closely is the main point in this one. This one has so many of the clichés and plot-points that the other ones have, and it can lead to multiple scenes where predicting what will come next will be done correctly the great majority of the time, which can lead to many problems throughout the film. That can be something in this one, mainly because none of them are changed around or inverted this time around, which is where the problem lies. Nothing is changed, and that is something which can be used against it at times. There's also the fact that the film doesn't really move as fast as the others out there, which can be somewhat irritating. A lot of time is spent wandering around in the desert, which offers it good scenery but nothing else, and by utilizing the clichés at hand, a long time is spent on others that have nothing to offer in terms of action, and at times this can be somewhat dull. However, the main problem with this one is that there's no explanations for anything in the film, much less the series. This one probably should've done something to answer the questions the others have to offer, and it would've been a great time to do it. That is the biggest flaw, and it keeps it down the most.

The Final Verdict: It won't match up to the classics early on in the series, but it's still highly entertaining for the series and wraps it on a high note. Highly recommended for the fans of the series or those just plain interested, but those who haven't followed the series won't find much in here that will appeal to them.

Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language

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