The Tall Man (2012)
The Tall Man, brought to you by the dude who directed Martyrs! First and foremost, this really isn’t a horror flick. Plenty of scary undertones, but this film should fall under a thriller at best. Now that’s not saying there’s nothing creepy in this film, because there’s definitely some good moments.
People of Cold Rock have been feeling down, and why shouldn’t they? After all, all the children in the town have gone missing, or been “kidnapped” as the locals believe. To make matters worse, there’s a myth, a legend, of a man, who might be the reason behind these kidnappings. Who is he? The towns folk call him the Tall Man.
Julia, the town nurse who lost her husband, the town doctor, a few years back, has her son hidden at home to protect him from the outside dangers. She soon becomes victim herself as the tall man takes her kid. She doesn’t become one of the other parents, she runs after the tall man, does her best to catch up to him and falls short. After this, the film gets flipped upside down. With more twists than you can imagine.
The film is shot amazingly, the setting fits perfectly, and Jessica Biel comes out swinging in this role. The first half of this film is very suspenseful, and the second half of the movies plays off as a mystery, but with a few dull scenes. When things start to unfold it becomes a guess who game, and the plot continued to unfold until the end.
This flick was an awesome thriller, the plot was presented in good fashion, and this was probably one of the more original movies I’ve seen recently.
I was expecting this to be a horror flick, although it isn’t, I definitely wasn’t upset after watching. But if you want a horror movie I suggest looking for something else. Same goes of you’re looking for something like Martyrs.
The acting was great, Jessica Biel killed it. The setting was awesome, and overall, after going in with 0 expectations I was pleasantly surprised. The only thing I would knock down would be the few scenes that I thought dragged out for a lot longer than needed. Another thing is, once everything fell together you can pretty much tie it from there.
Give this a watch, and hide you children. Because you might suck as a parent and have the tall man snatch them up.
7.5/10 rotting corpses