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12 items from 2016


Bluray Reviews: Zombie Fight Club & Hellions

3 February 2016 6:33 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

We’ve got a double dose of Scream Factory today, with two film reviews that couldn’t possibly be more different from each other. The first one, a zombie film full of CG blood and the other, a trippy nightmare of a film that will not leave your head for days. Some good, some bad, both hitting shelves this week.

 

 

Hellions (Dir. Bruce McDonald)

Partnering A Christmas Horror Story writer Pascal Trottier with Pontypool director Bruce McDonald, Hellions is quite possibly one of the most imaginative horror films I’ve ever seen. Telling a very nightmarish tale, Hellions follows Dora (Chloe Rose, Degrassi: The Next Generation), a young woman who finds out that she is pregnant. Unsure of how to deal with the new, Dora keeps it to herself and when her mother has to go out for the night, Dora is left at home on Halloween, reluctantly passing out candy. »

- Jerry Smith

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“Phantasm: Ravager”, 4K “Phantasm” Confirmed for 2016 release!

15 January 2016 10:01 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

After the heartbreaking passing of Angus Scrimm this past weekend, some horror hounds had wondered if this would impact the release of the upcoming Phantasm: Ravager. However, fright fans need not fret, as Don Coscarelli has told Entertainment Weekly that both the David Hartman-directed Phantasm: Ravager and the 4K Bad Robot-commissioned Phantasm transfer are “pretty much done” and, […] »

- Ken W. Hanley

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36 Things We Learned from the Phantasm II Commentary

13 January 2016 8:11 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A few years ago Jeremy Kirk gave a listen to the first Phantasm‘s commentary, but we never returned to Don Coscarelli‘s nightmarish world again with this column until now. The unfortunate passing of Angus Scrimm — aka The Tall Man — this past week has encouraged me to revisit the franchise with the second film in the series. It’s also the only entry I caught in theaters — I was too young for the first one, and the subsequent sequels have gone direct to DVD. Scream Factory released a fantastically packed Collector’s Edition of Phantasm II in 2013 featuring a commentary track with Coscarelli, Scrimm, and Reggie Bannister. (Just ignore that the option screen to select the commentary spells Scrimm’s name as “Scrumm.”) The director is such a calm, friendly, informative speaker, and his two guests follow suit making for a fun, anecdote-filled track. Keep reading to see what I heard on the Phantasm II commentary »

- Rob Hunter

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Horror Legend Angus Scrimm Remembered By His Longtime Collaborator

12 January 2016 8:27 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor's note: Angus Scrimm, who passed away over the weekend at 88, was a veteran horror actor best known for his role in Don Coscarelli's 1979 cult classic "Phantasm." In his later years, he regularly collaborated with low-budget horror filmmaker James Felix McKenney in films ranging from "The Off Season" to "Automatons." Most recently, Scrimm acted in McKenney's episode of "Tales From Beyond the Pale," which premiered on Indiewire last month. Here, McKenney shares his thoughts on Scrimm's friendship and work ethic.  I had the extremely good fortune to direct the man called Angus Scrimm in three feature films and an audio play. I interviewed him for an internet radio show and various DVD bonus features, and co-presented his Lifetime Achievement Award at last year's New York City Horror Festival. I was honored to consider him a friend. We last spoke on the phone just before Christmas. We talked about holiday plans, »

- James Felix McKenney

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The Tall Man Moves Into the Great Beyond

11 January 2016 3:26 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Actor Angus Scrimm passed away January 9 at the age of 89. A Kansas City native, Scrimm won a Grammy for writing liner notes but is best known as the Tall Man, a villainous undertaker, in the surreal Phantasm series. Despite his imposing demeanor (and his intimidating height of 6’4”), Scrimm was well known as being warm and kind-hearted.

Phantasm director Don Coscarelli Tweeted about his leading man: “Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully tonight surrounded by his friends and loved ones. He was 89 years old. His performance as the Tall Man is a towering achievement in horror film history. He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed.”

A cult classic, Phantasm influenced a generation of filmmakers, including Jj Abrams, who named Gwendoline Christie’s character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Captain Phasma after the film. »

- Harker Jones

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Angus Scrimm, Terrifying Tall Man Of ‘Phantasm,’ Dies At 89

10 January 2016 3:23 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Angus Scrimm, horror’s indelible Tall Man of the Phantasm franchise, died Saturday at 89. Phantasm director Don Coscarelli confirmed the news on his Twitter account, calling Scrimm “the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars” and “a terrific actor and even better friend.” In all, Scrimm appeared in four Phantasm movies (with a fifth installment as yet unreleased). He also had roles in Alias, I Sell the Dead and other horror pics. A restoration of the first… »

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Angus Scrimm, Star of ‘Phantasm’ Movies, Dies at 89

10 January 2016 10:17 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Angus Scrimm, the character actor who played the Tall Man in the 1979 horror movie “Phantasm” and its four sequels, died Saturday. He was 89.

Phantasm” director Don Coscarelli reported his death on Twitter and Facebook, saying “He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. He was a terrific actor and even better friend.”

Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed. #heartbroken

Don Coscarelli (@DonCoscarelli) January 10, 2016

Scrim also had a recurring role on “Alias” and appeared in films including “John Dies at the End,” “I Sell the Dead,” and “Chopping Mall.” His last role was in the fifth and final installment in the series, “Phantasm: Ravager,” which has not yet been released.

Born Lawrence Rory Guy in Kansas City, Kansas, he studied theater at USC. But his acting career was slow to take off and for several years Scrimm worked »

- Pat Saperstein

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Angus Scrimm, Star of ‘Phantasm’ Movies, Dies at 89

10 January 2016 10:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Angus Scrimm, the character actor who played the Tall Man in the 1979 horror movie “Phantasm” and its four sequels, died Saturday. He was 89.

Phantasm” director Don Coscarelli reported his death on Twitter and Facebook, saying “He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. He was a terrific actor and even better friend.”

Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed. #heartbroken

Don Coscarelli (@DonCoscarelli) January 10, 2016

Scrim also had a recurring role on “Alias” and appeared in films including “John Dies at the End,” “I Sell the Dead,” and “Chopping Mall.” His last role was in the fifth and final installment in the series, “Phantasm: Ravager,” which has not yet been released.

Born Lawrence Rory Guy in Kansas City, Kansas, he studied theater at USC. But his acting career was slow to take off and for several years Scrimm worked »

- Pat Saperstein

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Rip Phantasm Legend Angus Scrimm (1926-2016)

10 January 2016 4:17 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Horror icon Angus Scrimm passes away at age 89. Shock has just learned about the passing of yet another beloved actor who made their mark in fantastical films: Phantasm legend Angus Scrimm, who passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Born Lawrence Rory Guy, Scrimm became an instant horror icon after director Don Coscarelli

The post Rip Phantasm Legend Angus Scrimm (1926-2016) appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

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Rip Angus Scrimm

9 January 2016 11:30 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Angus Scrimm, beloved horror veteran, character actor, and former album liner notes writer, has died today at the age of 89, Entertainment Weekly reported earlier. Scrimm's longtime friend Don Coscarelli confirmed the news. Coscarelli directing Scrimm in the Phantasm series, in addition to John Dies At The End, the Masters of Horror episode "Incident On And Off A Mountain Road," and Jim, The World's Greatest. Scrimm was a Glass Eye Pix productions regular, having appeared in films such as I Sell The Dead, Satan Hates You, and The Off Season, as well as in the popular Tales From Beyond The Pale radio plays. Scrimm also had a recurring role on the TV series Alias, possibly because J.J. Abrams is a noted Phantasm fan (Abrams is restoring the film). According to IMDb,...

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Angus Scrimm Has Passed Away

9 January 2016 11:10 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Some very sad news came in late this evening from Don Coscarelli, who revealed that Angus Scrimm has passed away at the age of 89. The Phantasm director took to Twitter not too long ago to confirm that Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully and 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."

The recently announced 4k restoration of Phantasm and upcoming release of Phantasm V will be bittersweet with Angus Scrimm not around to see them, but it's a testament to his performance that this 1979 movie and the Tall Man will continue to terrify audiences for generations to come. »

- Jonathan James

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Angus Scrimm, the Tall Man in 'Phantasm', Passes Away at 89

9 January 2016 10:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news for horror fans. Angus Scrimm, the veteran character actor perhaps best known as The Tall Man in the Phantasm franchise, has passed away at the age of 89. He is also known for his role in the 2008 horror movie I Sell the Dead. He had a recurring role in the TV series Alias. And Angus Scrimm was also the voice behind the spooky audio play series Tales from Beyond the Pale.

Phantasm director Don Coscarelli, who is a friend and long time collaborator of Angus Scrimm, notified EW of the actor's passing on Saturday night. Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm first brought life to the horror icon The Tall Man in 1979, the figure central to the plot in Phantasm. The Tall Man is a menacing mortician with a grotesque stare and superhuman strength. He can transform the dead into zombie dwarfs that do his evil bidding. And his weapon »

- MovieWeb

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