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The Tall Man

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A nurse races to rescue her young son from a seemingly supernatural figure who's been snatching children from a depressed mining town in this downbeat tale of terror from Martyrs director Pascal Laugier. For years, a mysterious entity known as the Tall Man has been abducting children from Cold Rock. The moment they vanish, they're never seen again. Once a prosperous mining town, Cold Rock has fallen to ruin, yet local nurse Julia Jessica Biel writes off rumors of the elusive Tall Man as local superstition. Then ...
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Overview

A nurse races to rescue her young son from a seemingly supernatural figure who's been snatching children from a depressed mining town in this downbeat tale of terror from Martyrs director Pascal Laugier. For years, a mysterious entity known as the Tall Man has been abducting children from Cold Rock. The moment they vanish, they're never seen again. Once a prosperous mining town, Cold Rock has fallen to ruin, yet local nurse Julia Jessica Biel writes off rumors of the elusive Tall Man as local superstition. Then one night, to her horror, Julia awakens to find her son David in the arms of the spectral figure, who steals the boy away into the darkness. Now Julia won't stop searching for David until he's back safe in her arms, and the truth about the missing children of Cold Rock is finally revealed.
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Special Features

Visual Concepts; Deleted Scene; Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Pascal Laugier, the director of the indelibly disturbing film Martyrs, returns with this interesting story of a small mining town besieged by a serial child kidnapper. Filled with an unnerving sense of dread, the movie works its way under your skin, promising cringe-worthy tension to come -- until it switches gears and turns into a wholly different film. By doing so, Laugier opens the door to some viewers being disappointed by what the film most certainly is not, even if what the picture turns out to be is more fascinating than the simple genre tale it initially presents itself as. Jessica Biel is terrific in the lead role as Julia, a doctor in a depressed area where more than a dozen children have gone missing. New to the case is FBI agent Dodd played by Pontypool's extremely talented Stephen McHattie, who's gathering up clues related to the culprit known as the "Tall Man." To give any more away than that would be a disservice to the film -- just be ready to follow the story through its many twists and turns before the credits roll. Laugier once again impresses in the visuals department, as the movie is soaked in deep shadows that fit the spooky atmospherics of Todd Bryanton's score. Kudos also go to Biel for having the guts to perform in what is ultimately a non-glamorous role. Despite these high points, however, the film's moral core is problematic and might leave audiences a little hesitant to agree with it. It's possible that Laugier wants the movie to be debated a similar case could be argued with Martyrs, but the fact is that The Tall Man is not as resoundingly unique as the filmmaker's last work, which gives it a bit of an identity problem. Still, some respect is due for a film that builds itself up to be one thing before ending someplace wholly different.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • UPC: 014381813623
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,365

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Biel Julia Denning
Jodelle Ferland Jenny
Stephen McHattie Lieutenant Dodd
William B. Davis Sheriff Chestnut
Samantha Ferris Tracy
Colleen Wheeler Mrs. Johnson
Janet Wright Trish
Eve Harlow Christine
Ferne Downey Lady/Mrs. Parker Leigh
John Mann Douglas
Teach Grant Steven
Garwin Sanford Tall Man/Robert
Jakob Davies
Technical Credits
Pascal Laugier Director, Screenwriter
Jessica Biel Executive Producer
Todd Bryanton Score Composer
Jean Carrière Production Designer
David Cormican Executive Producer
Gerard Demaer Executive Producer
Kamal Derkaoui Cinematographer
Kevin DeWalt Producer
Lisa Donahue Executive Producer
Scott Kennedy Producer
Kevin Kennedy Executive Producer
Carmen Kotyk Casting
Jean Charles Levy Executive Producer, Producer
Nicholas Manuel Executive Producer
Clément Miserez Producer
Mark Montague Executive Producer
Olivier Piasentin Executive Producer
Sebastien Prangere Editor
Steven Schneider Executive Producer
Angus Strathie Costumes/Costume Designer
Bonnie Timmerman Casting
Lionel Uzan Executive Producer
Mathieu Warter Executive Producer
Frank White Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tall Man
1. "Wanted Or Not" [10:39]
2. Boogeyman [8:14]
3. David [8:46]
4. Taken Again [5:34]
5. With Neighbors Like These [11:29]
6. Mother Of A Dilemma [13:42]
7. The Basement [8:18]
8. In Custody [10:03]
9. "The System Is Broken" [8:03]
10. Relocated [9:34]
11. Pangs Of Regret [5:38]
12. Credits [5:29]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Tall Man
   Play Feature
   Scene Selection
   Set-Up
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
   Extras
      Deleted Scene
      Trailer
      Visual Concepts
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