REVIEW: THE TALL MAN (2012)

Theatrical Release Date: August 31, 2012
Distribution Company: Image Entertainment
Written and Directed by: Pascal Laugier
Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, and Samantha Ferris Running Time: 106 minutes
Rating: R

“800,000 Children are reported missing each year in the USA. Most are found within a few days. 1000 Children disappear without leaving a trace…”

I wasn’t, at first, certain a review for Pascal Laugier’s THE TALL MAN was appropriate for this site. The marketing campaign and all the news leading up to this film led me (and everyone else) to believe the film was going to be an incredibly dark horror film, something incredibly twisted from the director of MARTYRS. What Laugier created, however, turned out to be an incredibly dark,  grim, shadowy mystery thriller.
In an isolated, slowly dying former mining town of Cold Rock, nestled in a valley between the haunting, misty mountains somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, children are vanishing at an alarming rate without a trace – abducted  by a mysterious entity known locally, whispered amongst the townsfolk as “The Tall Man.” Abducting children in the blink of an eye, what few eye-witnesses there are describe a tall, man-like creature clothed in a black, tattered, hooded cloak, and as the legend spreads the story even makes state television news.
With the kidnappings becoming an epidemic and making national news, a federal investigator Lt. Dodd (Stephen McHattie) is called in to assist the local sheriff, Sheriff Chestnut (William B. Davis) in his efforts to track down this mysterious legend, be it man or beast. Despite their best efforts, however, they are unable to stop the abductions as more and more children continue to disappear leaving the town in a state of panic and fear as one of their children may be next.

Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) runs the area’s free medical clinic, a task left to her after her husband (the town’s only doctor) passed away. Multiple town residents looked to her husband as the one man who kept the town together after the mine shut down and Julia, “only a nurse,” tries somewhat unsuccessfully to fill his shoes as most of the townsfolk tend to inexplicably treat her like dirt. Living outside of town in a rather large home in the woods (perhaps another reason the townsfolk don’t like her, given that the majority of people in town live in trailers and shanties) with her sister or nanny (it isn’t made quite clear in the film) Christine, it turns out that even she isn’t immune to the tall man as her son David (Jakob Davies), is violently abducted from their home one night.
Julia, awoken by a radio blasting a holy roller station finds Christine, beaten and gagged, in the corner. Panicking, she runs upstairs to find David gone, running back downstairs only to catch a glimpse of The Tall Man as he runs with almost supernatural speed to an old truck reminiscent of the truck from JEEPERS CREEPERS. Unwilling to give up without a fight, she’s able to latch onto the truck and a fight ensues between her and The Tall Man (while a German Shepard gnaws on her leg by the way) that results into the truck crashing and The Tall Man escaping into the woods with David. This is all witnessed by Jenny (Jodelle Ferland), a mute trailer park pre-teen Julia has been trying to help throughout the film who plays a role later on but…spoilers…
I can’t go into much more detail here without giving away spoilers but suffice it to say that what we’ve been led to believe about everything: the townsfolk, The Tall Man, and even Julia is not at all what it seems, with Lugier playing upon our presumptions of just what exactly is going on. Here, a well constructed, dark thriller becomes a mystery as the viewer is left wondering just what exactly is going on.
While I was initially annoyed at the marketing bait ‘n switch, expecting a warped supernatural horror film from one of the new wave of french horror directors. After my first viewing, I was going to give this one a pass as far as giving it a review, given that it doesn’t exactly pertain to what this site is all about, but then I watched it again…and again, and came to realize that this film was not only beautifully shot (kudos to cinematographer Kamal Derkaoui), but came to the realization that Pascal Laugier is an artist when it comes to manipulating expectations and emotions. With MARTYRS, he filled us with a sense of dread and carried that emotion throughout the film, not only creating what many have termed a “gore film,” but a work of art that transcended such simplistic notions and made us question ourselves as well.

Now he’s done it again with THE TALL MAN. Laugier is a master at writing and direction when it comes to bringing the best out of his actors. He pushed Morjana Alaoui to the absolute limit of emotional expression in MARTYRS. And he’s done it again in THE TALL MAN. Jessica Biel is incredible in this film. Known throughout the industry as “just another pretty face,” she broke away from that notion giving a believable, heart-wrenching, award winning performance. Though horror fans and gore hounds may find themselves let down by THE TALL MAN, once again, as with MARTYRS, Laugier truly reached deep into the audience with this film,  having us question our perceptions, ourselves, and, end the end, what is wrong, and what is right…and can the two be the synonymous…

The rating system is going to be a bit tricky here, because as a horror film, THE TALL MAN, well, simply isn’t, not really. But as a mystery/thriller, as well as an incredible film overall, THE TALL MAN performs incredibly well. So in the history of BACKWOODS HORROR REVIEWS, a film gets two ratings.

AS A HORROR FILM: ONE SKULL OUT OF FIVE

AS A DARK MYSTERY/THRILLER: THREE AND A HALF SKULLS OUT OF FIVE
 

 

CHECK OUT THE COOL NEW MOTION POSTER FOR PASCAL LAUGIER’S THE TALL MAN!

Check out this cool new motion poster for Pascal Laugier’s creepy new film THE TALL MAN which yes, you can turn off and replay to your black heart’s desire. THE TALL MAN hit VOD back on August 1st, and while VOD is fine ‘n dandy, there’s nothing quite like watching a well made film in a theater. THE TALL MAN will have itstheatrical release August 31st, and will be hitting home video on Blu-ray and DVD September 25th. Yours truly will be attending a press screening of the film this Wednesday, August 15th and you can expect a review sometime around August 28th!

SYNOPSIS
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In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

CHECK OUT THIS CONCEPT ART FOR THE POTENTIAL HELLRAISER REBOOT!

Below is some wicked concept art for a potential HELLRAISER reboot. We’ve been hearing rumors of a HELLRAISER remake/reboot for a while now with Pascal Laugier (MARTYRS, THE TALL MAN) at one time attached to direct. The art was designed by Paul Gerrard (Wrath of the Titans and Battle LA), and are for a teaser trailer that was directed by Mike Le Han (Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room) and produced by the duo.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

In July Paul Gerrard (Wrath Of The Titans, Battle LA) and Mike Le Han (Mrs Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room) produced a teaser trailer to accompany the pitch document which has many more conceptual designs that revision HELLRAISER. Paul designed the new look for Pinhead and was production designer on the shoot and Le Han pulled in all of his film resources and directed the teaser on the new Alex 4:3 camera with anamorphic lenses.
 
With a crew of 47 an over 100 bloodied extras, the shoot was completed and is now in the depths of post production with a massive amount of VFX work being undertaken. Method Studios, Fugitive Studios and Flipbook Animation are helming the chi/VFX with the talented Glen Southern designing the new Hellraiser box.
 
When the teaser is complete they’ll be presenting it to Dimension Films along with an outline of the first film story and conceptual art pitch document with the hope to work on rebooting the Hell raiser franchise and bringing it into the 21st Century.
I can’t wait to see that teaser trailer…in the meantime, however, check out the concept art below!

JESSICA BIEL HITS THE ROAD IN THIS CLIP FROM PASCAL LAUGIER’S ‘THE TALL MAN’

Pascal Laugier’s (MARTYRSTHE TALL MAN hit VOD yesterday, but for those of you waiting to see it when it hits it’s theatrical release August 31st, check out the tension filled clip below. THE TALL MAN will be hitting Blu-ray/DVD September 25th.

SYNOPSIS:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

PASCAL LAUGIER’S ‘THE TALL MAN’ HITS VOD IN AUGUST!

Image Entertainment has officially announced that Pascal Laugier’s (MARTYRS) THE TALL MAN will be hitting VOD on August 1st before it’s theatrical release August 31st. THE TALL MAN will be hitting Blu-ray/DVD September 25th.

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

Image Entertainment presents a harrowing, bleak thriller of a small town plagued by a grave mystery with The Tall Man, from the intense and intricate mind of writer/director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) and starring Jessical Biel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), fresh off of her lead role in Columbia Pictures’ new blockbuster Total Recall. Also featuring Jodelle Ferland (Cabin in the Woods, Silent Hill) and Stephen McHattie (300, Watchmen), The Tall Man comes to VOD starting August 1st available on cable and satellite systems, including Comcast, Cox and Dish. Consumers will be able to see The Tall Man on VOD well before its August 31st theatrical engagements!

SYNOPSIS:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL DOMESTIC TRAILER FOR PASCAL LAUGIER’S THE TALL MAN

A few weeks ago, we saw the release of an international poster and trailer for Pascal Laugier’s (MARTYRS) upcoming horror film THE TALL MAN (known outside the US as THE SECRET). Now the domestic trailer for the film has hit the web!  Starring Jessica Biel, THE TALL MAN will be hitting home video release via Blu-Ray/DVD on September 25th, after a  theatrical release August 31st (list of cities as soon as we get word).

SYNOPSIS:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

THE TALL MAN, written and directed by Pascal Laugier is produced by Clément Miserez (Radar Films) and Kevin DeWalt (Mind’s Eye Entertainment) along with Jean-Charles Levy (Forecast Pictures) and Scott Kennedy (Highwire Pictures). Jessica Biel (New Year’s Eve, The A-Team), Jodelle Ferland (The Cabin in the Woods, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Stephen McHattie (Immortals, 2012), William B. Davis (“The X-Files,” Passengers), Samantha Ferris (Along Came a Spider), and Katherine Ramdeen (The World, The Flesh & The Devil) star.

THE TALL MAN

Distribution Company: Image Entertainment

Theatrical Release Date: August 31, 2012

Written and Directed by: Pascal Laugier

Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, and Samantha Ferris

Running Time: 106 minutes

Rating: R

Website: http://tallmanthemovie.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ImageEntertainment

THREE NEW INTERNATIONAL POSTERS FOR THE TALL MAN STARRING JESSICA BIEL

Last week saw the release of an international poster and trailer for Pascal Laugier’s upcoming horror film THE TALL MAN (known outside the US as THE SECRET). Now three more international posters have hit the web. Check ’em out below! Starring Jessica Biel, THE TALL MAN will be hitting home video release via Blu-Ray/DVD on September 25th, after a  theatrical release August 31st (list of cities as soon as we get word).

SYNOPSIS:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

NEW INTERNATIONAL TRAILER AND POSTER FOR LAUGIER’S THE TALL MAN

Over the weekend, an international trailer and poster hit the web for Pascal Laugier’s (MARTYRS) upcoming horror film, THE TALL MAN, titled THE SECRET outside the US. Starring Jessica Biel, THE TALL MAN will be hitting home video release via Blu-Ray/DVD on September 25th, after a (potentially) limited theatrical release August 31st (list of cities as soon as we get word).

SYNOPSIS:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

THE TALL MAN

Distribution Company: Image Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: August 31, 2012

Written and Directed by: Pascal Laugier

Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, and Samantha Ferris

Running Time: 106 minutes

Rating: n/a

Website: http://tallmanthemovie.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ImageEntertainment

THE OFFICIAL POSTER HITS FOR LAUGIER’S THE TALL MAN

 

More news regarding Pascal Laugier’s upcoming horror film THE TALL MAN starring Jessica Biel. The official poster for the film has hit the web. Check it out below!

THE TALL MAN will be hitting home video release via Blu-Ray/DVD on September 25th, after a (potentially) limited theatrical release August 31st (list of cities as soon as we get word).

Synopsis:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

 

OVER 30 NEW IMAGES FROM LAUGIER’S ‘THE TALL MAN’ HIT THE WEB

More news keeps hitting the web for Pascal Laugier’s THE TALL MAN. This time, it’s over 30 High Definition stills from the movie. While they reveal very little, it is nice to get a little taste of one of my more anticipated films of the year. Just two days ago, we told you that THE TALL MAN would be hitting home video release via Blu-Ray/DVD on September 25th, after a (potentially) limited theatrical release August 31st (list of cities as soon as we get word). Below are a few of the new stills from the film. Click on any of them to see more over at Bloody Disgusting.

Synopsis:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

 THE TALL MAN
Distribution Company: Image Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: August 31, 2012

Written and Directed by: Pascal Laugier

Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, and Samantha Ferris

Running Time: 106 minutes

Rating: n/a

Website: http://tallmanthemovie.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ImageEntertainment