Angus Scrimm (Tall Man), A. Michael Baldwin (Mike), Bill
Thornbury (Jody), Reggie Bannister (Reggie), Kathy Lester (The Lady In Lavender)
Considering this cult classic horror was produced on a meagre
$300,000 budget, using a cast of amateur actors, it's fair to say that Don Coscarelli, holding the reins on all the aspects of the production, did a rather incredible job, especially since it
looks like it cost a lot more than the budget would suggest.
The plot follows a pair of brothers who investigate their
father's death and attribute the blame to a mysterious tall man, who harvests the souls of the deceased for his own nefarious purposes.
The acting and dialogue is the weak link of the film, but it's
visually superb with some brilliantly creative touches, a handful of grotesquely bloodthirsty scenes and a chilling screen presence captivated by Angus Scrimm as the villain.
Practically ignored on its original release, the film gained a
notorious following on television screenings and home media release, leading to a clutch of sequels.