Sad news for horror fans: Phantasm star Angus Scrimm has passed away. The gentle giant who put the terror in The Tall Man died at the age of 89 in Los Angeles on January 9th.
This seems like a good time to relive his sheer magnetism and dark charisma in his most iconic movie, Don Coscarelli's 1979 hit Phantasm.
Angus Scrimm was actually a stage name for Lawrence Rory Guy, who towered above most of his Phantasm co-stars at almost six-and-a-half feet tall. According to friends, he passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. Phantasm director Don Coscarelli tweeted this heartfelt statement:
Many noted figures in the horror community tweeted their condolences, including You're Next director Ti West, SFX maven Tom Savini, Chucky creator Don Mancini and Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell, who eloquently wrote:
Angus Scrimm. Class act. Soft spoken. Old school. Honored to work with him. Credit to his craft. Safe passage.
For fans of the marvelous Mr. Scrimm, his last appearance in the Phantasm series, Phantasm V: Ravager is set to be released this year. Check out the trailer for his last movie below.
As The Tall Man said, you play a good game, but the game is finished. RIP Angus Scrimm.