Let me just get this right out of the way first: THE TALL MAN is not a horror film. The way it is marketed and the fact that Director Pascal Laugier helms it, would lead one to expect this to be a disturbing, horrific experience — well it is, but not for the right reasons.
I’m a HUGE fan of Laugier’s 2008 film MARTYRS. That one had all the goods. Fairly or not, my expectations were set fairly high for this one. Some will say go into any form of entertainment with an open mind and – I usually do – but this film has been falsely advertised in every way, starting with that underwhelming poster.
First off, you have what you suppose will be the main scary guy antagonist “Tall Man”, but let me tell you – the “Tall Man” will never, ever be mistaken as an iconic horror villain. And if I had my choice of horror villains to have to face-off against, The Tall Man would be the one I’d feel pretty confident about with my chances of surviving against.
Secondly, there is only one true, real TALL MAN and he belongs to an old little franchise called PHANTASM – you may have heard of it.
The plot is full of holes and the twist the story takes really made me lose interest in the film, fast.
When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children. – imdb.com
Sounds promising enough, right? Might be kind of disturbing or creepy? NO. Not so much. This quickly turns from a wannabe horror film to a drama/mystery/thriller made-for-TV movie.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some good things about it. Laugier has lots of talent as a film maker, and parts of this film look amazing and wonderfully shot. Fans of Jessica Biel may be wondering, “Surely Jessica Biel is at least one reason to watch this.” My answer to that would also be a resounding “no”, I’m a fan of her work, especially in horror roles, but to be bluntly honest, I didn’t feel like she offered much here – not that it is necessarily her fault.
If a friend rents this movie or buys the DVD and invited you over to watch, give it a shot if you want to kill your curiosity about it – but man, oh man – I warn you to go into it knowing it is NOT a horror movie. There are very few redeeming qualities about it. Very disappointed.
– JP Thorn