R.I.P. Angus Scrimm

By Drax Largo on January 9th, 2016

It seems Angus Scrimm, the Tall Man himself, has left our dimension for another spaceship in a parallel universe, gang. He was 89.

If you don’t believe me just check the tweet below from Scrimm’s biggest champion, director Don Coscarelli:

As most of you are well aware Scrimm made his biggest cinematic mark in Coscarelli’s Phantasm movies, starting with the original in 1979. Four sequels followed, with the fifth and final movie, Phantasm: Ravager, currently in post-production courtesy of director David Hartman.

Phantasm movies aside, Scrim was a veteran of over 50 movies despite getting a late start in his forties. Of course, even his most notable non-Phantasm movies were with director Coscarelli,  which included the Masters of Horror episode Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (2005) and John Dies at the End.

In addition to being a horror icon, Scrimm also had a recurring role on J.J. Abrams-created Alias and appeared in other horror films including Wishmaster, I Sell the Dead, and Chopping Mall.

Speaking of Abrams, the Hollywood titan, a longtime fan of the Phantasm series, recently oversaw a restoration of the cult classic, which will be released later this year. So even if Phantasm: Ravager doesn’t live up to expectations we’ll have a crisp print of the original to watch eventually.

Farewell, Mr. Scrimm, you definitely made your mark on the genre. Your ilk will never be seen again. Rest in peace.