The Tall Man is the next feature from Pascal Laugier, the director of Martyrs, and is currently shooting in Canada. If you’ve seen Martyrs, which is a truly astonishing piece of work, I can only imagine you’re actively anticipating more work from Laugier. The devotion to true horror manifest in his last film has left a genuinely deep and lasting impression on me – possibly more so than any other single film of the last five years or more.
Here’s a rapid-fire round up of where The Tall Man is right now, starting with the official blurb to put you in the frame:
Set in the town of Cold Rock, The Tall Man is a story of the haunting secrets that hide behind closed doors. With children gone missing over the years, leaving neither a clue nor a witness, superstitious locals talk of ‘The Tall Man,’ a legendary, mysterious dark figure who takes children away never to be seen again. When a woman’s son is taken, the chase is on and with it the quest for answers: Who is the Tall Man, and what happens to the children?
I’m sure the resolution will be unexpected and unsettling.
Images from the in-production film were being handed out at this week’s AFM. Luckily, Dread Central had a scanner to hand. Here’s a handful:
The mouth you see above belongs to Jessica Biel who is starring in the film alongside Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie and William B. Davis. The son of Biels’ character was being played by Kyle Harrison Breitkopf who, according to Shock Till You Drop, has departed the project and announced as much on his Facebook page:
I am not finishing the film. Please understand and be supportive.
The kids’ Facebook page now appears to be hidden somehow (you can’t ever really delete them, right?). It remains to be seen if there will be reshoots necessary.
Meanwhile, there’s an interview with Laugier and producer Kevin DeWalt over at Screen Daily:
When it comes to the look and feel of the film, Laugier says that he has taken inspiration from author Stephen King. “It’s a film set in autumn in North America and it’s very linked to a Stephen King-type atmosphere…trying to combine elements of fantasy/suspense with real people – the social Americana – you typically find in Stephen King’s books.”
I’ll keep you posted on any further developments, particularly regarding any changes wrought by the departure of the young star.
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