Angus Scrimm, best known as The Tall Man from the Phantasm films, has passed away. He was 89.
Fangoria has a nice obit.
Scrimm starred in four Phantasm films (1979/88/94/98), with a fifth film, Phantasm: Ravager set for release later this year. Also, there's a 4K restoration in the works of the first film, which is exciting. Scrimm is a big part of why the original Phantasm works so well. His strong screen presence and booming voice, he's a screen villain like no one else and when combined with the other nightmare imagery of the movie it makes quite the impression.
Here's a clip from an obscure horror film Scream Bloody Murder (1973), Scrimm's second credited screen role. He's a bit stuffier and his character doesn't last long. Neat movie though, worth the look.
|Scrimm as Dr. Lyme in the very strange and weirdly entertaining Nic Cage film Deadfall (1993)|
|Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (2005) from the Masters of Horror series. Scrimm gets kooky.|
An old school class act and forever an icon of the horror genre.