THE TALL MAN (2012) Reviews and overview


Tall Man

‘Fear takes a new shape’

The Tall Man is a 2012 American/Canadian/French mystery film written and directed by Pascal Laugier (Incident in a Ghost LandMartyrs). The movie stars Jessica Biel.


In a small mining town, children are disappearing on a regular basis, and the abductions are blamed on a local legend called “the Tall Man.” Jessica Biel plays a nurse whose own son disappears, leading her to seek out the mystery of the Tall Man.

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Reviews [contain spoilers]:

The Tall Man is full of surprises, for good or ill. The first hour gives the impression of being a straight horror movie, but the second half is essentially a series of revelations that all lead to an “important point” Laugier wants to make. In that respect, The Tall Man isn’t really a horror movie, though it certainly wraps itself in the conventions of the genre, especially in the early goings.” Beyond Hollywood

“The horror promise of The Tall Man isn’t a ruse; the first half of the movie is effectively tense and grim, with an unseen villain and a heroine who appears poised to enter a horrific world to save her son […] Unlike many thrillers, where the twist comes at the very end, leaving the filmmakers with convenient little time to explain themselves, the twist comes here, right in the middle of the movie, leaving nearly an hour for the fallout to occur.” DVD Verdict

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Filming locations:

Kootenay region of Southeastern British Columbia

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