The ‘Phantasm‘ series is legendary with filmmaker Don Corsacelli and his villain the Tall Man front and center. What’s fun about this series of horror films is that each sequel starts off right where the previous movie left off. This fourth film had an insane pre-production history. Roger Avery of ‘Pulp Fiction‘ and ‘Rules of Attraction‘ actually wrote a screenplay for this 4th film where it centered on a post-apocalyptic future world. It even was set to star Bruce Campbell too.
Unfortunately, the studio didn’t want to make that movie and cut their budget to a 4th of what they wanted. Now we have ‘Phantasm IV: Oblivion‘ which was shot mostly in the desert due to budget constraints. The Tall Man is still trying to play his sadistic game with this cast of characters to the end still as the two protagonists fight for survival. There is some cool history behind the Tall Man here, but it seems like too much to add into this 90-minute movie. Still, it’s a lot of fun.
Also, this movie is part of a bigger set in the ‘Phantasm‘ franchise. If you already own the set, then you don’t need this individual release as the video and audio presentations are the same as the box set. If you don’t though, these are for you. There are some great extras too boot.
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