The Tall Man has finally gotten his hands on Mike, leaving Reggie to take off on a search and destroy mission with the help of a few unlikely allies! A. Michael Baldwin and Bill Thornbury return in PHANTASM 3: LORD OF THE DEAD. Although they receive very little screen time, fans are sure to appreciate the continuity that has been restored from the first film. Coscarelli can't seem to decide where he wants to take the series, so he introduces a few new characters hoping that they will stick to the audience. Rocky, played by Gloria Lynne Henry, is an ex-army martial artist, and as unrealistic as the plot. Henry is awful in the role, and even detracts from the others' performances. Kevin Connors is at least a bit more enjoyable as Tim, the young survivalist, but after accepting him as one of the team, he is dropped entirely from the fourth film. We have a group of thieves that are quickly killed off before returning as zombies for no apparent reason, and we have no further insight in to why the Tall Man shrinks corpses into miniature slaves after three entire films. The one vast improvement is in the special effects department, which return us to the look and feel of the original. It is clear at this point that PHANTASM should have be left as a stand-alone feature.
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