Phantasm IV: Oblivion
1998 / d. Don Coscarelli
Angus Scrimm, Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and Reggie Bannister re-unite for this fitting final chapter to the series. A compelling storyline takes the audience on a cross-dimensional ride and shows them a glimpse into The Tall Man’s past. If you can look past the slow pace and just appreciate the fact that these films have always been about old-fashioned atmospheric horror fun, you’re bound to enjoy it. Big tall and scary is looking his best in this one: white haired, decrepit, and sinister. And without a doubt, the silver spheres look the best yet in this installment. Kudos to Coscarelli for making use of previously unseen footage from the first film, achieving an unexpected effect seemingly impossible without the aid of a time machine. Trippy, eerie, and fun.