Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” will be honored with an achievement in acting award at the New York City Horror Film Festival next month.
Reedus, who plays the crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon in the hit AMC zombie series, will be honored for his “strong dedication to the craft” and creating “new heights and depths” as Daryl, according to a press statement from the festival.
Aside from “The Walking Dead,” Reedus has acted in Guillermo del Toro’s “Mimic,” “Blade 2” and the next “Silent Hill” franchise video game, which features a character modeled on Reedus. The actor is also slated to appear in “Triple Nine” and “Air.”
Reedus will be honored alongside lifetime achievement award recipient Angus Scrimm, the sinister “Tall Man” in Don Coscarelli’s 1979 cult classic “Phantasm.”
“The film resonated deeply with 13-year-old boys,” Scrimm told Hero Complex in 2009. “It seemed to give expression to all their insecurities and fears. It is about a teenage boy who’s lost his dad, his mom and his older brother, and I think the whole story is his coping with this great loss by fantasizing about death and this ominous figure who strides through your life quite unpredictably and more than decimates it. It dealt in a very entertaining way with a subject that haunts all of us at the back of our minds.”
In addition to the “Phantasm” franchise, Scrimm is also known for his roles in Coscarelli’s “John Dies at the End” with Paul Giamatti, and Jim Wynorski’s “The Lost Empire” and “Chopping Mall.”
The NYC Horror Film Festival runs Nov. 13-16 at Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan.
[For the record, Oct. 13, 3:39 p.m.: A previous version of this post said Reedus and Scrimm are both recipients of the festival’s lifetime achievement award. Reedus is actually receiving an achievement in acting award.]
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