Watch: Phantasm IV: Oblivion 1998 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: 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 battles the spheres and the undead in a quest to find Mike before the Tall Man can complete his transformation.
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The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) has been spreading his devastations. The neighboring towns have been abandoned to the monsters. Mike is driving towards Death Valley to escape his pending transformation. Reggie is also on the road and rescues beautiful Jennifer from a car wreck.
This is generally messy. Mike’s journey is a series of random dimensional turns. It’s a mistake to separate Mike and Reggie. When the movie opens with a flashback of the trio walking through the door, I hoped for the three of them going on a quest together. It is nice to have the three of them return for this movie but splitting them up loses any hope of chemistry. The logic and the world of this franchise is simply getting too messy. This movie needs a good story. In an aside, I don’t like the CGI spheres, no matter how many spheres. There is something solid, something creepy about a real physical floating sphere.
MORE BACK STORY
Well Go finishes out the PHANTASM films they have the rights to by releasing the fourth film in the series PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION. As with their previous efforts they’re offering the film in the best looking version ever seen and fans should be flocking to pick this one up.
The movie picks up where the third installment left off with Mike (Michael Baldwin) captured by the Tall Man in a hearse and Reggie left hanging, trapped by the ever present silver spheres. The Tall Man doesn’t kill Reggie though saying he’s releasing him “to play one last game”. Deciding he’s had enough Reggie chooses to leave but not before Jody, still trapped part time in his own sphere, convinces him to help find Mike.
Reggie hits the road again and saves a woman Jennifer after a car crash. Tired after driving all day they find an abandoned motel where Reggie tells her his whole story about the Tall Man. During the night he wakes with a bit of flirting in mind only to find out Jennifer is not who she claimed and instead of breasts has two of the silver spheres. Reggie fights for his life and discovers his tuning fork (with him since the first film) can incapacitate and destroy the spheres.
While all of this is going on Mike escapes the Tall Man and heads out to Death Valley. Recalling the vents of his past (with plenty of footage from the previous films in use) he tries to figure out what’s been going on. At one point he attempts suicide which the Tall Man prevents. As this happens a portal to the past opens and Mike learns more about the Tall Man. It seems he was human and from the past, a funeral director named Jebediah Morningside. Yes this would be the same Morningside that owned the funeral home from the original film.
Mike and Jody find more out about Jebediah and Reggie eventually reunites with the pair only to be left behind when they go off to try and change history. They watch to learn how Jebediah learned the secrets he did and then attempt to kill him. This fails and Jebediah is replaced by the now infamous Tall Man.
Once again I’d rather leave more for viewers to watch on their own instead of a complete play by play description. Hopefully the amount of information I’ve provided piques your interest enough to give this one a view. What sets this movie apart from the rest in my eyes is that it spends most of its time on giving us more backstory as to why all of this is taking place, a history of the Tall Man in particular. There is still plenty of action involved but it isn’t central to the film so much as it was in the past.
After watching this and the third installment, both just released as single blu-ray titles from Well Go, I found myself wanting to revisit PHANTASM: RAVAGER the final installment (so far) in the series of films. On first viewing that film I was disappointed and I didn’t think it lived up to the other films in the series. That might have been in part because it had been so long since I’d watched the earlier efforts. Much of what was in that film I now think would have made more sense had I watched them all over again. Perhaps not but I’d like to give it a try.
In the meantime this film is now offered in blu-ray and Well Go has done a great job of it. As I said earlier they’ve done the PHANTASM films proud by offering them in a pristine condition that fans have longed for for some time. The box set might have been too pricey for some but the affordability of these versions mean that fans can pick them up individually and add them to their collection. I’d suggest doing that as soon as you can.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min)
Genre Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director Don Coscarelli
Writer Don Coscarelli
Actors A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm