Tuesday, October 11, 2016
In 2012 I tackled the Phantasm series and after Oblivion I was left confused with far too man unanswered questions. I so wanted this final installment to answer those questions and leave me with a satisfied feeling of conclusion but alas I walk away unsated and slightly more confused. The film starts off with Reggie reentering our world through a desert portal only to find himself being pursued by the relentless death balls. As he fights these balls it seems like we are in for just another Phantasm installment like the ones before but everything changes when Reggie goes to sleep. Each time he closes his eyes they reopen to an entirely different life, one where he is residing in what looks to be a nursing home and he is told by a visiting Michael that he has Alzheimer's disease. The film continues as such flashing from Michael & Reggie fighting the Tall Man and his brood to Reggie's confines of the nursing home. A welcomed reappearance of Jody reunites the original cast and the addition of a bad ass little person who fights along side of them make all the weirdness and disjointed plot turns fun to watch nevertheless. Somewhere along the way it dawned on me that Reggie is to Phantasm what Ash is to Evil Dead, the character is such an essential part that the series just wouldn't be relevant without him. I can only imagine how fully immersed into the story the writers must have been to create the complexities of the Tall Man's world. There are so many levels, it was like stepping through a an unending vortex. If you are a fan of the series Ravager is a must see even if it's only because it was the last film for Angus Scrimm, just to hear him say "Booooooy" one last time makes it fully worthwhile.