Reviewer: Julie Lynn Hayes
Phantasm IV: Oblivion
The saga continues as Mike (A Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Bannister) chase down the elusive Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), determined (as always) to take him out once and for all. And yet for all their good intentions and machinations, they never manage to do so, do they?
In the fourth installment, our heroes are separated, but working toward the same goal. Mike is driving a
hearse, and Reggie a muscle car. Naturally, the Tall Man appears to both of them at different times, toying with Mike. He continues to call him boy (though he ceased to be one long ago) and tells him what he can and cannot do. Mike’s brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) makes his appearance as well, although there is some confusion as to just what he is, as he supposed died years ago.
Their individual pursuits lead Reggie and Mike to Death Valley where they find the same weird gateway they found in the mausoleum in the first film. Mike enters it and finds himself in what he believes to be a different time, and there he encounters a different incarnation of the Tall Man, a much nicer version. Meanwhile, Reggie, as usual, manages to pick up a girl, because we know what a chick magnet he is.
Seriously, there is not a lot to this one. Mike is not only depressing, he’s suicidal, and who can blame him? He’s spent his whole life in this nonsensical pursuit of the Tall Man. Who wouldn’t be psychologically disturbed? Reggie is Reggie, and for the most part oblivious to a great deal, but I will say he’s a great friend, and someone who won’t ever give up. Still, this adds little to the sage, except for the possibility that maybe Mike and Jody can go back to the beginning and change things. But that remains to be seen. There is one more film in the series. I’ll give this film 2.5 Stars