Pascal Laugier, the director behind the controversial Martyrs, and the understated (and under-appreciated) House Of Voices, is out to scare us again with The Tall Man, or The Secret as this new French trailer is titled, for it's overseas release.
For my money, Laugier is potentially one of the saviors of the modern horror genre, and has shown an understanding and breadth of style within it's parameters, with both Martyrs and Voices, which are wildly different films. Now mucking around with the tried and true "boogeyman" trope, Laugier looks to be finding his true stride, with The Tall Man aka The Secret.
Keep your eyes on your local movie listings, this one is looking good. Three cheers too, for seeing The Cigarette Smoking Man himself William B. Davis pop up! Here is a quick synopsis of creepy flick, which opens in limited theatrical release Aug. 31'st, 2012.
"Cold Rock, USA - A darkness hovers upon the town. 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 (Jessica Biel) is a nurse living in Cold Rock who doesn't believe in legends. Until one night, waking up with an eerie feeling, she goes to her son's bedroom and finds his bed empty. Rushing downstairs, she stops dead in her tracks: A huge dark figure stands in the entrance holding her son, David. Driven by pure instinct, Julia 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?"