Angus Scrimm's final performance
Phantasm V, as it turns out, is ten times better than Phantasm IV, which isn't saying much. To be sure, it's nowhere near as good as anything in the original trilogy. The movie's biggest mistake is it doesn't ignore everything established in the fourth film. The Tall Man's insulting origin as a human being is apparently still canon, which means I can no longer give a shit about the Tall Man.
There are saving graces. V is immediately more entertaining than its predecessor. When we first see Reggie, he's stumbling through the desert in his war-torn ice cream uniform, lugging around his four-barrel shotgun. His hair has been dyed in an attempt to sustain continuity from the previous film, but I think at one point you can actually see the black wearing off on his collar. You'll roll your eyes when he meets a banging redhead on the side of the road, believing you know exactly where this is going, but pleasantly enough, you may be surprised.
In the last one we got unnecessary time travel. This time we get parallel universes. I appreciate the direction the filmmakers were going, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Along the way, you'll see a few familiar faces, far too much joyless CGI, bad digital cinematography, and terrible Airsoft weaponry. Ravager scares up some of the old fun, but it's just not worth acknowledging Oblivion was canon.