The 70s and 80s spawned some incredible horror franchises (Elm St, Friday 13th, Evil Dead etc) and unfortunately the Phantasm series never really got the credit it deserved, certainly not in Australia where the first film's name was changed to The Never Dead and the sequels were only released limitedly. If you're a genre fan than I really recommend you track these down if you haven't already seem them. They're really unique films which combine horror, sci-fi & fantasy with an unsettling surrealism.
The series signature villain is The Tall Man played by Angus Scrimm. At first mysterious he plays a funeral director who is up to no good with the corpses and as the story plays out we learn that he is not of our earth and is sending the bodies into another dimension where they are turned into dwarf minions who carry out his diabolical scheme. I know it sounds weird and it is weird.... but it works so well. The imagery is freaky and the overall sense of dread really drives the movies along. All four of the Phantasm movies are great and a 5th has been in and out of development for some time now. Sadly NONE of these movies have been released in Australia on DVD and so if you're keen to see them, you'll have to import or download (legally I would hope) to get them. So fucking worth it though!!