Originally Posted by Steel76
And I just donīt understand why he left a cliffhanger at the end of part 4, when it was supposed to be the last one. They should just have defeated Tall Man at the end.
No offense intended, but that opinion pretty much betrays that you don't quite get the central conceit of Phantasm. The series is meant to be ethereal like a dream, where things don't make a whole lot of sense. Things begin, end, begin again, people die then come back. Some characters disappear seemingly from existence, then reappear as if they never left. Michael's face changes for an entire film! You never are really supposed to know what's up or down because ultimately none of that really matters. It's all about the atmosphere. And just like a dream, it ends unexpectedly. How Coscarelli finished it was absolutely perfect. The Tall Man wasn't defeated because The Tall Man CAN'T be defeated. He's a pan dimensional being and if you manage to destroy one of his bodies then an alternate version of The Tall Man comes through the Gate. Trying to win against him is a futile act. The only thing you can do is hope to wake up from the nightmare.