Adieu to the Tall Man and Potpourri

Angus Scrimm ( Lawrence Rory Guy) has died at the age of 89. Scrimm is best known for his portrayal of The Tall Man, villain of 1979’s low-budget horror film Phantasm.


I saw the movie for the first time in the fall of 1983 at a repertory cinema in Lexington, KY. Yes, it was a goofy, low-budget, exploitation film — the very definition of a midnight movie (which is when my friends and I saw it). But it did a wonderful job of building tension — to the point that I actually had to get up and leave the theater for a couple of minutes as the film ran. And Scrimm was a magnificently charismatic villain.

In fact, he was charismatic enough that the film had several sequels, and Scrimm also was a fan favorite and frequent guest at various horror and SF conventions. But there was more to him than that — he also made a living as a writer of liner notes for record albums at Capitol Records. In fact, he won a Grammy Award in 1974 for his notes on an album of Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

So farewell, Mr. Scrimm — and thanks for the movies.

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of Cincinnati’s pro sports teams, and have been since I moved to the area in 1978. This meant that I watched the horror show that was the Bengals’ loss to the Steelers last night, a loss that extends the team’s playoff losing streak to a quarter-century. Here’s what I posted on Facebook:

I have been a Bengals fan since 1978. This was the most Bengals game ever.

Guys, I’ll be honest. When we went ahead at the end, I knew we would find a way to lose. I was _dead certain_ we would find an interesting way to crash and burn. The fumble recovery going all Jim Marshall? Sure, I wouldn’t have doubted it. A field goal, followed by a last-minute TD drive to a Steeler win? A bit tame, but sure.

But this? This was an amazing confluence of misfortune (the fumble) and self-inflicted stupidity. And again, like others on this thread, I’ve been a fan for a long time. I remember Stanley Wilson. I remember Tim Krumrie’s broken leg. I remember Carson Palmer’s ACL. I remember 0-6, 0-8, 0-whatever. I remember Ki-Jana Carter. I don’t remember Greg Cook, but I’ve read about him.

But this was Peak Bengals.

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I notice that Fannie Mae has an exciting new program to make it easier for people with subpar credit to buy homes — especially disadvantaged residents of disadvantaged areas. Government-backed subprime mortgages, now easier than before! What could possibly go wrong?

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Tomorrow, the Spawn reports for her orientation at Mondoville College. She seems excited about it in a way she never was for Flagship. Like a princess of Serendip, perhaps she had to look for something else to find what she really wanted. I’m looking forward to it as well.

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And for the traditional potpourri musical selection, here’s a longer-form video from way-cool power popsters The Cherry Drops. They get it. This is “Far Out”, and well, it is. I also like the name of the magician.

See you soon!

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About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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2 Responses to Adieu to the Tall Man and Potpourri

  1. The Ancient says:

    Off-topic —

    I thought you might enjoy this…

    http://chrisroutledge.co.uk/2006/06/28/raymond-chandler/

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