It is with sad regret that we have to say goodbye to one of the greats in horror cinema. Yes we are talking about the one and only Angus Scrimm, who died on January 9th at the ripe old age of 89. Most horror fans who grew up in the 80's know just how special Angus was in the iconic role of the Tall Man for the Phantasm films.
In fact 4 films were produced, allowing audiences to cower over the chilling performances he gave as the seemingly undead fiend who can manifest from an alien red planet. Was this place Mars? Was it hell? Or maybe was it a hidden dimension? None of that was ever really explained during the course of films, with the exception of finding out he was once an undertaker named Jebediah Morningside. Whatever the true origins may be the Tall Man will always be the creepy looking undertaker who stalked a poor boy for years. This boy Mike (played by actor Michael Baldwin) grew into manhood and still continued his struggles with the Tall Man, giving fans more and more with each succeeding sequel.
The films were disjointed at times, what with 'rubber reality' type plots interwoven into the narrative, leaving fans with so many questions after each film. I think this is what makes the four films so unique. If anything else, Phantasm will always be a highly original concept and Angus Scrimm will always be remembered for scaring the crap out of me as a kid.
RIP Angus, may you and your spheres find new adventures in the world beyond our own. Again, keep those fists pumping and keep it bloody my friends.
Kenneth Gallant, Editor-in-Chief HMS - January 10, 2016
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