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.
|Screenplay By||Joe Lansdale, Philip Gelatt|
|Where Can You Watch?||Netflix|
|Genre(s)||Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller, Animation|
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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 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.
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.
The Tall Grass Ending (Spoilers)
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.
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