The whole original cast return for this fourth outing in the Phantasm series, which picks up sometime after Part 3. Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) is attempting to track down the series resident villain, the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), in an aquired hearse. As he is beginning to change into one of the Tall Man's zombies, and hopes to be able to find some way of stopping the transformation.
Driving out to the desert wastes of Death Valley, Mike is met by the ghostly image of his dead brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) where in order to learn how to defeat the Tall Man, he has to take Mike through a series of dark interdimensional journey's through space and time, where we discover the origins of where the Tall Man came from, and what will happen if he's not stopped.
In the meantime Reggie (Reggie Bannister) is hot on Mike's trail, hoping to get to him before the Tall Man does. Battling more of the series Zombie dwarf's, masked grave diggers, and killer spheres in the process, along with a few new surprises, including zombie police officers.
Perhaps not as entertaining as the previous films, which appears to lack the action and humour of the others, this is still an interesting sequel. Although it's one failing is that it suffers from what I call "sequal-itis", in that you really need to have seen the previous movies in order to understand the plot, as it basically just tries to explain the Tall Man's origins (a lot of which done through use of unused out-take footage from the previous films).
A good film, but perhaps one for fans of the series only. So if you haven't already seen parts 1-3, do so first.