11 items from 2013
The Tall Man, 2012.
Directed by Pascal Laugier.
After her child is abducted a mother sets out to discover the truth behind The Tall Man, a local myth believed to be responsible for a wave of kidnappings.
Following the brilliant-but-harrowing Martyrs you could be forgiven for entering into director Pascal Laugier’s The Tall Man with a certain set of expectations regarding its methods. While the two films may share a similar goal, Martyrs used violence to disturb and comment on its audience while The Tall Man’s aim is to pose questions and inspire introspection, all while subverting genre expectations.
It initially seems as if Laugier’s nature has been curbed into conventional territory as the film begins with a beaten and bloody woman (Jessica Biel) receiving news of her child’s disappearance before jumping back thirty-six hours. »
- Flickering Myth
★★☆☆☆ Canadian/French mystery-thriller The Tall Man (2012), courtesy of Martyrs (2008) director Pascal Laugier, is set in a poverty-stricken former mining town where the disappearance of children is a regular occurrence - the titular 'Tall Man' seemingly accountable for many of the abductions. American actress Jessica Biel plays Julia Denning, a widowed nurse whose own son disappears, leading her to seek out the mystery of the child snatcher for herself. Julia lives in a small town in Washington called Cold Rock where she is the district nurse. There is no school in this place. No work, nor play, just misery in the shadows of missing children.
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- CineVue UK
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a very light week this week, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, March 11th 2013.
Pick Of The Week
The Tall Man (DVD/Blu-ray)
Mystery thriller written and directed by Pascal Laugier. The small town of Cold Rock has long suffered since the mines which used to supply jobs and prosperity have closed down. With not much hope for the community of Cold Rock anyway, matters are only made worse by the disappearance of local children at the hands of local legend, ‘The Tall Man’. Jessica Biel plays young nurse, Julia Dunning, whose child is the latest to be abducted, and while in pursuit of the ‘Tall »
Director: Pascal Laugier
Running time: 106 Minutes
Like Laugier’s extreme French horror Martyrs it is split into two very different halves. Though interesting, this also proves to be the The Tall Man’s achilles heel. In order to pull off what it aims to, the film needs the first part of its story to be generic and all too familiar. I began rolling my eyes after 25 minutes at what was becoming a tiresome supernatural story, the kind that has been done to death in varying scenarios – freaky child taken by dark forces, mummy/daddy must save him/her. Not only that, »
- Craig Hunter
The mystery-thriller is written and directed by Pascal Laugier and set in the small town of Cold Rock. The town has long suffered since the mines, which used to supply jobs and prosperity, have closed down. With not much hope for the community of Cold Rock anyway, matters are only made worse by the disappearance of local children at the hands of local legend, ‘The Tall Man.
Jessica Biel plays young nurse, Julia Dunning, whose child is the latest to be abducted, and while in pursuit of the ‘Tall Man’, she brings a host of shocking truths to the fore. Check out the trailer here:
To win yourself 1 of 2 Blu-rays, just answer the following question:
In the trailer, how long does it say that the town has been dead for? »
- Dan Bullock
Writer/director Pascal Laugier exploded on to the horror scene with his audience-dividing, often hard to watch, torture-porn opus, Martyrs, which both followed and subverted the tropes of that particular horror sub-genre; and now he’s back with something altogether different. The Tall Man follows Julia Denning (Biel), the town nurse at the free clinic. Discreet, capable and well respected, Julia lives in a remote woodland house with young David and his nanny Christine in the depressed Canadian town of Cold Rock, where children are disappearing, never to be found again. Some witnesses say they have seen a “tall man” at the scenes of the crimes only adding to the fears of the local families. Then the worst happens, the Tall Man kidnaps David and Julia finds herself at the »
I'm always impressed when male filmmakers use the horror genre to say something interesting about women. Obviously we need more female writers, producers, and directors (a lot more) in the horror genre, but at least we can enjoy it when creative men step up and represent the female gender in frank and honest fashion. Filmmakers like Lucky McKee (May, The Woman), Paul Solet (Grace), Mitch Lichtenstein (Teeth), Pascal Laugier (Martyrs), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Richard Bates (Excision) and several others are plainly interested in how women can function within the realm of horror as heroines, anti-heroines, victims, and victimizers, which makes each new discovery sort of exciting.
Add Austin Chick's low-key but coolly fascinating Girls Against Boys to the list of indie horror films, written and directed by men, that aspire to give young women something new to do in horror films. Veteran of the indie circuit -- he »
- Scott Weinberg
After the success of last year's French horror anthology The Theatre Bizarre, the sequel The Theatre Bizarre 2: Grand Guignol is moving forward at Severin. Although no plot details have surfaced, Olivier Abbou, Xavier Gens (The Divide), Lucile Hadzihalilovic (Enter the Void), Pascal Laugier (Martyrs), Talal Selhami, Julien Maury (Inside), and Alexandre Bustillo (Livid) have been confirmed as directors. The studio has unveiled early promo art for this horror sequel, which you can take a look at below, along with a statement from Severin. Production is scheduled to begin later this year.
"After the critical success of the first Theatre Bizarre anthology, it felt only natural to follow up with another serving of more over-the-top, brutal, visionary, envelope-pushing tales. And this time, carte blanche was given to the creme de la creme of French directors, who were all very happy to take Grand Guignol back to its original birthplace."
2011′s The Theatre Bizarre was a horror anthology film that caught me off guard. I didn’t expect myself to really like it, but I definitely did. Sure, some of the segments were stronger than others, but that comes with every anthology, and as a whole it was very solid. It was also great to see Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock) back, his segment of the film being my favorite.
Today, the folks at Bloody Disgusting broke the news that Severin has tapped a who’s who of French directors for The Theatre Bizarre 2: Grand Guignol, including Olivier Abbou (Territories), Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Pascal Laugier (Martyrs, The Tall Man), Talal Selhami, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside, Livid), and Xavier Gens (Frontier(s), The Divide), who is still in talks. The B-d crew also received a pretty cool early sales art poster for it as well:
Sounds pretty awesome to me, »
Fans of the anthology film The Theatre Bizarre are about to find themselves being really, really happy as the names of the directors who will serve as participants in its sequel have just come to light. Read on!
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Olivier Abbou, Xavier Gens, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Pascal Laugier, Talal Selhami, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have all been tapped for The Theatre Bizarre 2: Grand Guignol.
Yep! An all French feast is on its way!
“After the critical success of the first Theatre Bizarre anthology, it felt only natural to follow yp with another serving of more over-the-top, brutal, visionary, envelope-pushing tales. And this time, carte blanche was given to the creme de la creme of French directors, who were all very happy to take Grand Guignol back to its original birthplace.”
Look for more on this one soon! Click on the image below to see the »
- Uncle Creepy
Grimm Up North, Manchester's home of horror and cult films, is continuing its monthly movie nights in the new year, and we have all the info you need on the upcoming Mon Ami/Chop, The Tall Man/Martyrs, and Citadel/Sleep Tight screenings.
First up on January 31st are two new hilarious black comedies that have both made waves on the international film festival circuit: Mon Ami and Chop.
Mon Ami: Two slacker hardware store clerks decide to kidnap their boss’ daughter and hold her to ransom. Things don’t go according to plan, and they are left with a body to dispose of. Then things start to get a whole lot worse. Pitched somewhere between Clerks, The Cottage, and the films of Martin McDonagh, this droll, deadpan, darkly comic gem has been garnering critical acclaim, rapturous audience response, and nice shiny awards wherever it plays. Regional premiere.
- The Woman In Black
11 items from 2013
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