Angus Scrimm

Jan. 25, 2013 | 5:47 p.m.

Angus Scrimm, ‘Phantasm’s’ Tall Man, still a striking presence

Angus Scrimm, the Tall Man in 'Phantasm' (featured image)
Angus Scrimm always thought that he would be the star of “sophisticated, witty drawing-room comedies.” But instead of making people laugh, Scrimm’s been scaring the heck out of audiences as the malevolent “Tall Man” in Don Coscarelli’s 1979 cult horror favorite “Phantasm” and its three popular sequels. Scrimm’s Tall Man is one of the great icons of R-rated horror films. A menacing mortician with a grotesque stare and superhuman strength — he can pick up and throw a casket into the back of a hearse like it’s a paper towel — the Tall Man transforms the dead into zombie dwarfs that do his evil bidding. His weapon of choice is also memorable: a deadly silver sphere that hurls through the air and attaches itself to his victims’ faces. It’s because of the Tall Man plus his roles in such horror […]
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