All the forms the tall man has taken in the Phantasm franchise

Ghost It’s one of the weirdest horror franchises ever, but tying it together is The Tall Man, a towering villain who has taken multiple forms. the Ghost Movies have often been compared to nightmares captured on film, especially the 1979 original, with the kind of bizarre twists, unexpected surprises, and conventional lack of logic that dreams often make up. The Tall Man himself is certainly a nightmare figure, and in an odd circumstance for an initially mysterious horror villain, the additional background information revealed about him in the sequels really doesn’t make him any less terrifying.

Played with great acclaim by late genre mainstay Angus Scrimm, The Tall Man is, to make a long story short, a being far beyond normal humans, despite his human appearance. The Tall Man is strong enough to lift a full coffin without help, commands an army of flying metallic spheres that destroy the brain and carries the corpses to another dimension, where he transforms them into small servant creatures that resemble each other. Jawas of Star Wars. It is also, perhaps most importantly, almost impossible to harm, let alone kill.

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As if all those features weren’t enough to make GhostThe Tall Man, a formidable adversary, is also capable of making use of a trait common to many of horror’s greatest villains: shapeshifting. The Tall Man can use this ability to attract victims, as well as to further terrify them. Here are all the other forms, aside from the standard, The Tall Man has taken the course of GhostThe execution of five films.

One of the most memorable scenes in Ghost sees Tommy, a friend of the main characters Jody and Reggie, making the strange decision to become intimate with a blonde woman in a striking lavender dress while at the local cemetery. The couple have sex, but then the Lavender Lady (Kathy Lester) kills him, before returning to The Tall Man. The Tall Man tries to do the same trick with Jody, older brother of the protagonist Mike, later, but luckily things get disrupted. The Lavender Lady later sucks on Reggie’s ice cream later, stabbing him to death.

Or at least that’s how he first appears, as it was later revealed that the entire movie was a dream that Mike was having, following Jody’s actual death in a car accident, and that Reggie was still alive. Or maybe it wasn’t a dream, as The Tall Man then seems to kidnap Mike to finish Ghost. Ghost 2 picked up from the last scene, and it was a little easier to follow. The Lavender Lady would not appear again until Ghost: Devastator, the fifth movie delayed, again played by Lester. Interestingly, Ravager seems to imply that he is a separate, albeit still connected, entity with The Tall Man, even though the change is shown earlier. Reggie kills her, but The Tall Man continues.

Weather Ghost 2 it’s easier to follow than the original, it’s still pretty confusing at times, although die-hard fans wouldn’t want its Ghost movies in any other way. During the sequel, Mike and Reggie are following The Tall Man’s path of death across the country, eventually picking up a young hitchhiker named Alchemy (Samantha Phillips). Mike feels immediately uncomfortable, as she resembles a strange naked apparition he had seen in a previous dream, but Reggie has no such scruples, he almost manages to sleep with her, although luckily for him, he was interrupted.

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After Mike, Reggie and their new partner Liz seemingly kill the Tall Man by embalming him alive, the trio are “rescued” by a hearse driven by Alchemy. Reggie is grateful, but Alchemy begins scalping, revealing that she has been evil the entire time. Reggie is attacked and thrown from the hearse, which then drives away. Mike thinks it is all a dream, but the tall man opens the divider between the front and rear of the car and assures him that it is not. In an older version of Ghost 2, the fact that Alchemy was the tall man in disguise was made more explicit, as part of the transformation was shown on screen, but was removed due to effects issues.

This inclusion is strange, but it also fits in perfectly with the abject strangeness of the Ghost franchise as a whole. Phantom 3 picks up right where Phantasm 2 left off, with Reggie out of the hearse and Mike and Liz still inside. The vehicle then crashes and explodes, but things are a bit difficult to figure out from there regarding The Tall Man.

Mike survives the accident, while Liz dies, but Alchemy / The Tall Man is nowhere to be seen. Reggie runs, picks up Mike and tries to run away, just for The tall man – now completely intact and without even a scratch – to march from behind and try to catch them. This Tall Man was shown emerging from an interdimensional portal earlier in the opening scenes, with the embalming method actually killing the Tall Man who served as Ghost 2main villain. This concept of the existence of more than one tall man became even clearer later in the film.

Considering everything seen from The Tall Man in Ghost 1-3, many undoubtedly justifiably assumed that the creature was simply a monster or an alien, and was never a human. However, that is not true, since Phantom 4: Oblivion revealed. The Tall Man was once a 19th century undertaker named Jebediah Morningside and by all evidence he was a perfectly nice, normal person. That was until his ghoulish work finally led Morningside to become overly fascinated with death and where people go next. He was able to make a portal capable of taking him to another unknown world, but this ultimately turned out to be a terrible decision.

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Shortly after Jebediah made his journey to the other side of the portal, he returned, but no longer as the man he once was, having been turned into The Tall Man. Or considering there is more than one Tall Man, it would seem that he somehow became the original Tall Man template. Jebediah later appears in one of the realities shown in the perhaps most confusing of all. Ghost: Devastator, sharing a hospital room with Reggie long enough to have a conversation. Ghost: Devastator ends on another ambiguous note, which makes sense for a Ghost movie, but it’s also undeniably sad, as Scrimm’s death effectively precludes a follow-up.

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