31 Nights of Halloween Horror: Part 28 in a 31 part series. Join me for 31 nights of horror reviews in the month of October. Every night we’ll take a look at a different horror film, some old and some new. Tonight we’re talking about:
The Tall Man
Dir. Pascal Laugier
The title of this film automatically always make me think of The Tall Man from Phantasm, but this movie is nothing at all like Phantasm, in fact it is not even really a horror movie, yeah I know another one of those? But this is still a movie worth checking out. Now before you get turned off cause this is more of a crime thriller then a horror movie, hear me out. This was directed by the same guy that did Martyrs! Has your curiosity peaked yet?
Outside of few movies I have reviewed this month, every other movie I have not seen before, The Tall Man included. I must have picked up the DVD because it is the follow up movie from director Pascal Laugier to his extremely powerful and disturbing film Martyrs, which I am a fan of and if you have the stomach, is well worth the watch. Not knowing anything about this film before going into it and just reading the back synopsis, I figured it was a horror film worthy of being added to this month’s collection. It kind of starts off horror, turns into a What the hell, becomes a huh…how about that and ends more like a crime thriller with a unhappy positive ending.
The movie starts off in familiar territory, old mining town in Washington state, mines closed, people out of work, town has no money and is falling apart, yada, yada, yada, we have seen this premise before. Children in the town are being abducted and the police don’t have a clue. Rumor around town is it is being done by an urban legend known as The Tall Man, by some who have claimed to have seen him. Jessica Biel plays Julia the town nurse who has taken over the free clinic after her husband, the town doctor had passed. At first I was skeptical about Jessica Biel in this movie. I am sick of those movies with pretty actresses in them who can’t act to begin with, but I have to say Jessica not only did a good job of being as plain looking as possible but her acting and emotional portrayal of the character was pretty spot on. One night Julia’s kid is abducted and she sees the person fleeing with him and goes to chase after them. Honestly that is all I can say about this film. I will say during the pursuit the film slightly reminded me of that shitty film Jeepers Creepers and I was afraid we were heading that direction, but luckily this movie has no resemblance to that turd in the least. This movies takes such a 180 angle turn from the direction it is going in that the less you know about it, the more surprised you will be when it becomes unveiled.
Where Martyrs is not really a horror film yet appeals to horror fans, The Tall Man is the same, though will definitely appeal to a much wider audience since there is no real blood or gore in the film at all, just a good twisted story. Admittedly I hate the cover of the DVD of this film and had I seen it in a video store and never have heard anything about it I would certainly pass it by. The image of Jessica Biel standing in front of a guy covered in a hood with the title The Tall Man would make me think something stupid like I Know What You Did Last Summer or something dumb like that. But as the saying goes you can’t judge a DVD by the cover, this is a movie definitely worth watching. Like I said it is certainly a thriller crime drama over a horror movie, so if you want to watch something else tonight and then go back and watch this on November 1st, you can have a free pass. But don’t pass this movie up, it still has it’s thrills, so I am leaving it under Halloween Horror. Don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow with more traditional monsters so have no fear, the dark is still not safe.