Cold Rock, U.S.A. Children have 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.
Julia, a nurse living in cold rock, doesn’t believe in legends. Until one night, she goes to her son’s bedroom and finds his bed empty. She rushes after them willing to do whatever it takes to get her son back. The chase is on and with it the quest for answers: who is The Tall Man? What becomes of the children? –SXSW
Pascal Laugier (born October 16, 1971) is a French screenwriter and film director.
Laugier is a former assistant to director, Christophe Gans, having directed the “making-of” documentary about Gans’ 2001 film, Brotherhood of the Wolf (Laugier also starred in the film). He has written and directed the fantasy-horror feature films Saint Ange, Martyrs, and The Tall Man.
Laugier has been associated with the New French Extremity movement.
Laugier was set to direct the remake of Hellraiser but was later taken off the project due to creative differences with the producers; Laugier wanted his film to be very serious and explore gay S&M culture, whereas the producers wanted the film to be more commercial and appeal to a teen audience.
Potential future directing projects include a supernatural thriller entitled Details. —Wikipedia
Garbage. Pascal Laugier made one of the best horror films of recent years with "Martyrs' a few years ago but unfortunately lightning has not struck again here. Confused narrative that keeps changing direction as it goes on with lesser and lesser results. Performances are a can-con version of central casting save american Biel. Reminded me of those dreadful tax shelter flicks of the late seventies. Skip it.
Marketed as horror, but really a thriller. Is Laugier's hallmark to employ a dramatic shift in tone that brings the viewer out of a horror film and into a very different one? Subverting audience expectations could be a really powerful tool if expertly employed. However, Tall Man and Martyrs' bigger ideas are tenuously held together. A poorly thought-out comment on classism, ethics of third world adoption, &tc.