Sunday, April 13, 2014

Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)


In anticipation of Phantasm V: Ravager, I am visiting some of the locations used in the series.   For each film, click on the link:
      Phantasm (originally published September 2013)
      Phantasm II
      Phantasm III: Lord Of The Dead
      Phantasm IV: Oblivion

The fourth entry in the Phantasm franchise relies heavily on flashback sequences, particularly unused scenes from the original film.   The first location I'll mention here is actually one I did not go to as it does not exist anymore, however, I came across some vintage images of the street they used in Brea, including this one which shows how it used to look....

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Next is a flashback to some shots used in Phantasm II....



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Next is the street used in a scene shot for the original Phantasm, which looks remarkably the same...





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The "hanging tree" was seen briefly in the original film.  In this entry, it gets quite a bit more screen time...




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One of the first shots of the mausoleum used in Phantasm III.  Not sure if this was all shot during that sequel's shoot or if this is new....





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Next up is the house seen in Michael's vision encountering the Tall Man on the porch...









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Here is the spot on Wilshire where they cleverly shot on the morning of Thanksgiving to avoid any cars...








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And here is the spot where they see the Tall Man walking...



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And finally back to the mausoleum hallway....




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Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister..


Me and The Tall Man....





UPDATE August 2014: At this year's Flashback Weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the cast & crew of the Phantasm series....

 Director, Don Coscarelli

Michael Baldwin

Reggie Bannister

Bill Thornbury

Kathy Lester

Bill serenading Kathy....



The one and only Angus Scrimm...


Dustin McNeill & Kristen Deem, Dustin wrote Phantasm Exhumed a great book on the series, click the link to check it out!


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