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.