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Love, Death + Robots: The Tall Grass – Review/Summary (with Spoilers)

by Amari

You may feel like you’re getting flashbacks from In The Tall Grass while watching The Tall Grass, but it’s not the same and gets out before it can get bad.

Community Rating: 79.66% (3)


Director(s)Simon Otto
Screenplay ByJoe Lansdale, Philip Gelatt
Where Can You Watch?Netflix
Date Released5/14/2021
Genre(s)Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller, Animation
Duration11 Minutes
Noted Cast
LairdJoe Dempsie
RailmanSteven Pacey

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Film Summary

On a trip to an undisclosed location, the train stops, and Laird decides to check what’s going on. When he steps off the train, he is promptly told to go back to his cabin by the Railman, but with the desire to smoke, he is told not to wander. So, what does a grown man do when told not to do something? He wanders, and with what he finds in the tall grass, it seems he may not make it back to the train – alive.

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Scary Imagery (that’s not really TV-MA level but could be TV-14)
  • Jump Scares/ Laughs/ Tear-Jerking Moments: N/A

Cast & Character Guide

Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member.

Laird (Joe Dempsie)

Laird (Joe Dempsie) blocking the light of the Railman

Laird (Joe Dempsie) blocking the light of the Railman

Laird is a simple businessman traveling by train, with a smoking habit that nearly gets him killed.

Railman (Steven Pacey)

A railman who is well aware of what lives in the grass, but knows no one would believe him if he told the whole truth.

Review/ Commentary

It Gives Just Enough, But Not All You Need

With being a short, The Tall Grass makes for an iffy horror short. Mainly because it doesn’t have enough time to do a proper build, so while you get the setup, the monster, and the rescue, it all happens so quickly, so it’s hard to judge anything. Well, besides Laird being foolish enough to walk into tall grass by himself, without a weapon, or with knowing where he is.


Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

The Tall Grass suffers from two things: One, a similar concept coming out, on Netflix, around a year ago that can be fresh in people’s memories. On top of that, there is competition between potentially being scared about what Laird finds to questioning his stupidity. This gets in the way of enjoying The Tall Grass and why it is labeled mixed.

Movie Directory

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  • Recommended: Some of the best-seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
  • Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download, or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

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  • Film Festival: Featured in this tag are films and shorts which were discovered thanks to various film festivals, so some of the productions may not have wide availability but still may deserve to be on your watch.
  • Shorts: Be it ten or fifteen minutes, or a half-hour, these quick teases or films get right to the point, often show the potential of filmmakers and the actors who have joined them in their journey.

The Tall Grass Ending (Spoilers)

The monster in the tall grass

The monster in the tall grass

After having his smoke, Laird sees a light shimmering and noises, so he decides to go into the grass field way over his head. In the tall grass, he finds alien-demonic-looking beings with rows of teeth, and once they see him, they chase him. And if it wasn’t for the Railman knowing they don’t like fire, because Laird isn’t the first fool to head into the grass, Laird would have ended up food and possibly another alien-demonic being.

Does The Tall Grass Have Series or Feature Film Potential?

Laird doesn’t present himself as someone you want to learn more about, and while the Railman is cool, he doesn’t push intrigue. So, this is best left as a short.

The Railman (Steven Pacey) warning Laird about talking about what happened
Love, Death + Robots: The Tall Grass – Review/Summary (with Spoilers)
Who Is This For?
Those who miss the TellTale Games art style and want a light horror thrill.
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It Gives Just Enough, But Not All You Need

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