R.I.P. Angus Scrimm, the "Tall Man", Dies at 89 - Bloody Disgusting!

R.I.P. Angus Scrimm, the “Tall Man”, Dies at 89

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The problem with loving older horror films is that we are faced with the inevitability of the passing of some of the most iconic actors in the genre. As we get older, so to do they. And Death waits for no one, even those who portrayed the very essence of that malevolent force.

Last year saw the passing of some of horror’s most iconic figures, such as Christopher Lee and Wes Craven. Now 2016 opens with the passing of another icon, the esteemed and mysterious Angus Scrimm. Perhaps best known for his portrayal as the “Tall Man” in Phantasm, Scrimm’s towering height and gaunt figure helped him create a terrifying villain, one that would become one of horror’s most recognizable figures.

Phantasm director Don Coscarelli beautifully wrote, “Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully tonight surrounded by his friends and loved ones. He was 89 years old. His performance as the Tall Man is a towering achievement in horror film history. He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed.

Scrimm will appear in Coscarelli’s fifth Phantasm film, which bears the subtitle Ravager. The film will be released later this year. Additionally, J.J. Abrams is hard at work creating a 4K restoration of the original Phantasm.

You lived a long, wonderful life, Mr. Scrimm. Thank you for everything. I hope you rest in peace.

  • M. Knepper

    R. I. P. Angus Scrimm

    “Let me release you from this imperfect flesh that ties you to time and space. All that is unknown will be known to you… once more.”

    • voor

      RIP Angus. He played a good game!

      • M. Knepper

        Still sad that he’s gone. ;-;

        Let’s hope Phantasm: RaVager is released soon!

  • Scrimm

    Crushed.

  • Chris Taylor

    Total buzz kill, R.I.P. Mr. Scrimm

  • RidleyScott

    Now this one hurt. RIP Angus.

  • ThreeOranges

    It’s never over.

  • eli

    Iconic. Seemed like a really cool guy in real life too. RIP sir.

  • Angela Christen Banks

    sad very sad

  • Man, I hope they at least got to finish ‘Phantasm 5: Ravager’ so we can see Angus in action one last time. RIP Angus!

    • Gadriel

      The filming was finished around 18 months ago – it’s just been in post production for some time, which was recently explained was due to the 4K restoration of the original movie.

  • Shindoi Hayato

    I had the pleasure of meeting him at Weekend of Horrors in L.A. back in the late 80’s (’88 I believe). A very kind gentleman who was thrilled to meet his fans, sign autographs, pose for great Phantasm-esque photos with his fans, and would say “Boooooooy” for anyone that asked. He will be missed. Rest in Peace, Mr. Scrimm.

  • Gadriel

    R.I.P.

    Thanks for the nightmares as a kid.

  • Alex

    This sucks .RIP tall man

  • Adam Clifton

    R.I.P. Mr. Scrimm. We have lost a lot of great actors in 2015, especially from the horror genre. Apparently 2016 will be no different. I’m looking forward to seeing his final performance as the Tall Man

  • Donnie Pace

    You forgot to mention Gunnar Hanson

  • WindowsIsDead

    “You gotta be shittin’ me man, that mother’s strong!”
    Sad sad news, great icon of the genre and hell of a human being. He was indeed strong and lived a lot, but a lost is always going to be a lost regardless of time lived.

    RIP Lawrence Rory Guy, Angus Scrimm, Tall Man

  • Oprah Newyearmantra

    Boooooooooooooyyyyyyyy!

  • Alejandro Cordero

    R.I.P. Angus Scrimm

    I was just watching the Phantasm series the other day and a couple of hours ago just watched Incident On and Off a Mountain Road from master of horror, and then this news hit me like a truck.

    • Gadriel

      I’ve been planning on watching the Phantasm series again for a while (not seen in a couple of years or so), but have been holding back for the new one.
      Hopefully it’s a fitting tribute to the Tall Man…..

    • Walker Leonard

      I watched through the series with a friend who hadn’t seen them last month, my all time favorite films. Really sad, but he lived a long and full life, doing what he loved until the very end it seems. He’ll always be an inspiration!

  • RIP Angus Scrimm.
    Always been a huge fan of Phantasm and loved his other movies work.

  • I Am Colossus

    Well he wasnt THAT tall, alot of it was camera tricks.

    • Grimphantom

      If you’re trying to be funny it’s not working, especially this moment.

      • I Am Colossus

        Why in the fuck is this being taken as a joke? There’s no”ha-ha” or “lol”, nothing. Just stating a fact you bunch of reply whores

        • Foxenstein Must Be Destroyed

          you’re on the internet and people are like that on and off the internet. anyway, i’m watching the golden globes and a show called mozart in the jungle just won an award. i have never seen mozart in the jungle but i’m guessing it will disappoint me since it’s more than likely not about the period of time that mozart was stranded on a tropical island and forced to survive on coconuts while teaching monkeys how to make/play crude installments made from bark and thinly strands of banana leaf.

        • Grimphantom

          Now that’s funny!

          • I Am Colossus

            Whoa, you showed me bro. Youre not a comment whore or nothing. Keep on the good road man. Youre better than everyone.

    • Yanksfan2010

      Well, you’re not THAT funny, espically with that comment.

      • I Am Colossus

        Wasn’t trying to be, just stating a fact

    • Foxenstein Must Be Destroyed

      i didn’t know that. i knew he wore inserts.

  • Grimphantom

    It’s a sad news to hear but we are glad that he passed away peacefully with his family and friends also consider that he reprise the role of the Tall Man one last time.

  • eagleye

    Thank you Mr. Scrimm. Your work meant a lot to me growing up.

  • TH3J4CK4L

    seen this earlier and I gotta say I was crushed by it. I knew it was gonna happen someday,but not with the release of Phantasm V:Ravager so close. He will be sorely missed since he was one of the most underappreciated horror icons. I dare you to look and you’ll find fifty Jason,freddy and Michael discussions but very little of Scrimm. Whereas The Tall man wasn’t a novelty to his horror films,but necessary as Phantasm had what other franchises didn’t and that was a story arc contained throughout all 4.

    • Gadriel

      The Phantasm saga is highly underrated.

      • TH3J4CK4L

        It is extremely underrated it barely makes anyone’s lists on horror top tens. It predates Nightmare on Elm Street(1984),Friday the 13th(1980),Hellraiser(1987) , Childs Play(1988)and followed one year after halloween. It deserves a higher place because not only was it a horror. It was probably one of the first franchise horrors to establish a backbone for all of its films,tying each together as the mystery grew. The same can’t even be said for other films where it goes on for 9 films and very little of the series returns besides the killer. I for one can say that I welcome a remake of the series,but not because the originals weren’t good,but because it deserves to come back into the spotlight that it got shouldered out of by other series. I applauded coscarellis resilience to finishing the series to offer the fans closure for the franchise before deciding toreboot it. 🙂

      • TH3J4CK4L

        A lot people also miss his part in the Masters Of Horror episode Incidents On and Off A Mountain Road that Don Coscarelli directed for it.

  • Cappy Tally

    This really sucks. At the very least, we have one more reprisal of his iconic role to look forward to. R.I.P.

  • M. McMillian

    Jesus. I thought he was in his seventies in Phantasm.

  • Black Jesus

    time for me to watch Phantasm I and II

  • Shadow914

    R.I.P. Angus, thanks for the final performance, I look forward to Phantasm V.

  • Samael

    You might as well setup an obituary section at this rate. This sucks.

  • Adaon Rel

    Well, this ruins my night… R.I.P. Angus Scrimm…it’s time for a Phantasm marathon I think

  • ThunderDragoon

    🙁 R.I.P.

  • SuperKilla

    The only thing better than the music in the Phantasm films was Angus Scrimm’s performances. The man had class and seemed to be respectful to the material and to the fans that love the movies. You will be missed Angus Scrimm A.k.a. The Tall Man.

  • umaneo

    Adored him!!! Mr. Scrimm, Bowie, Patrick MacNee, Gunnar, Marilyn… make it stop!

  • fire lion

    You played a good game.

  • HollyWeirdIsFascist

    Happy Birthday and one day I hope to meet you if there’s an after-life.