07 December 2013

Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) - Review

Since I have reviewed all of the other Phantasm sequels I suppose I will review this boring piece of shit as well.  This came out in the late 90's at a time when the horror genre had seen better days but was getting better with the releases of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.  I was just getting into the Phantasm series of movies and when I heard about this one I was beyond excited because the previous installments while I really enjoyed them always left me confused as shit and this one promised to explain it all. 

Continuing right were part III left off, Michael (A Michael Baldwin) has been transformed and the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) has him right were he wants him.  The only thing is he does not want to kill him yet, he wants to show Michael the origin of everything.  How the Tall Man came to be and the meaning of what he has been doing this whole time.  Reggie (Reggie Bannister) is still hot on the case and is determined to save Michael but Michael no longer wants his help.  Jodie (Bill Thornbury) is still around to show Michael things but Jodie is not what he appears to be.  The end of the Phantasm series is here, what will happen to top it all off??

This movie definitely wasn't made to impress anyone.  The underwhelming effects, the shitty storyline and well all the actors were getting older and their performances showed it.  I did like the use of deleted footage from the original movie that was used that was actually pretty cool but that is the only comliment I am really going to give this sequel.

I was really excited for the story to finally be explained and I should have known that it would still leave me confused and saying what the fuck!  From beginning to end I really hated this movie.  I really wanted to like this movie and have some closure but part iv definitely leaves more questions than answers.  If you are a fan of the series well then you have to see it at least once but it's really not a likeable movie and you should keep your expectations super low.  Mine were way too high and I was kicking myself in the ass for spending 3.95 renting this from Blockbuster.  As always, stay twisted everyone!

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