Angus Scrimm The Tall Man from the Phantasm franchise has passed away. It’s a sad day for me as those movies were instrumental in my love of horror movies and my eternal fear of the undead.

I still remember watching Phantasm II as a kid and how Angus Scrimm’s portrayal of The Tall Man terrified the crap out of me. It’s such a strange series of movies. It leaves you with far far more questions than answers. And to be honest the answers don’t really make a lick of sense. In fact I would say that the Phantasm movies would be mediocre at best if it weren’t for Angus Scrimm. He was just that good at being bad.

Don Coscarelli, the Director of Phansam revealed that Angus Scrimm had passed away at the age of 89 in the company of friends and family:

“Phantasm’s Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully tonight surrounded by his friends and loved ones… Angus’s performance as the Tall Man is a towering achievement in horror film history. He was the last of the classic horror movie stars… Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed.”

Angus Scrimm: cool guy and horror legend. You will be missed.