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The Tall Man

HD   R Closed Captioning

Pascal Laugier

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About the Movie

Darkness has descended over the northwestern town of Cold Rock. One by one, its children are disappearing. They leave behind neither clues nor credible witnesses, but instead a legend, a story cloaked in shadows passed from neighbor to neighbor… And with it, a building sense of terror which threatens to devour what’s left of the community itself. Superstitious locals talk of ‘The Tall Man,’ a mysterious figure who takes the children away, never to be seen again. But Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) has no time for legends or superstitions. A nurse doing her best for the emotionally distraught and economically devastated former mining town, she tries instead to preserve a semblance of normality both at work and at home. Until terror enters her own front door. Waking up in the middle of the night, she races to her child’s bedroom, only to discover an empty bed – and a hulking specter in the downstairs doorway who steals off into the darkness with her boy (Jakob Davies). As Julia follows in pursuit, she will stop at nothing and will risk everything to save him. Joined by determined investigator, Lt. Dodd (Stephen McHattie) and the town’s local sheriff (William B. Davis), the chase is on and with it the quest for answers: Who is ‘The Tall Man’? What has become of the children? Soon, the town of Cold Rock will have the answers it so desperately seeks, answers that will shake the community to its core. A suspense-filled thriller like no other, THE TALL MAN mines a corrosive world of fear and terror before ultimately revealing its own unimaginable truth.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Tall Man" opens like a ghost story and closes with its feet firmly in the real world. Until then, Pascal Laugier's chilly little thriller manhandles our sympathies and gladdens our eyes in almost equal measure. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Aug 30, 2012

Rotten: Long on atmosphere and short on sense, "The Tall Man" becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Aug 31, 2012

Rotten: Once you get through the flaming, Bowser's Castle-like gauntlet of the rest of the story's implausibilities, you end up in a different movie than the one on the creepy poster. – Chris Packham, Village Voice, Aug 28, 2012

Fresh: If you're a parent who ever, for one cold-sweat second, lost sight of your child at a playground - "The Tall Man" will tap into your darkest fears. And then make them even darker. – Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, Aug 31, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Fantastic film, but poorly marketed as a horror.

This movie was fantastic. The story is original and challenges the viewer to change their perception of the events at multiple times throughout. A word of advice however; do not expect this film to be a horror as the trailer and synopsis would like you to believe. It is more of a thought provoking thriller. Outside of the basic synopsis that iTunes provides, The Tall Man is a psychological thriller that will leave the viewer to decide how they feel about the events as they unfold. Overall, a truly unique experience, and one that I worry many will miss out on because of poor marketing.


This movie was really good. It's definitely worth watching.

period piece?

um... i did like the glass house with diane lane. maybe i will watch that.

The Tall Man
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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2012

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