You know the old saying “the grass is always greener on the other side”…well perhaps not. Especially when the grass is evil. The new film “In the Tall Grass“, currently streaming on Netflix, is based on the 2012 novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, and proves while the grass may be greener on the other side, it may prove to be deadly. The film begins with two siblings, Becky (Laysla De Oliveria) and Cal (Avery Whitted) traveling from Kansas to San Diego to begin a new life. You see Becky is pregnant and unmarried, and is traveling to the coast to organize a way to give up her baby. When Becky becomes sick, the two stop alongside the country road they are traveling on for a quick break. While stopped by the road, the two hear a boy cry out for help from the nearby field of tall grass. They also hear the boy’s Mom cry out in an effort to make him stop yelling. Becky and Cal soon decide to enter the tall grass field in order to help the two. The two become separated and discover the distances of their voices is continuing to change and realize they must find a way out of the field. The two can never find each other and once night falls, Cal runs into the shouting boy from earlier, Tobin (Will Buie Jr.) who reveals something strange to him. Meanwhile, Becky encounters Tobin’s dad Ross (Patrick Wilson) who tells the worried mom-to-be he knows a way out of the field. After having a bizarre discussion with Cal, Tobin leads his new friend to an ancient rock, that while beautiful in appearance, seem ominous. While the two are at the rock, Becky finally appears only to be attacked by an unseen figure. While all these strange events are happening in the filed, the father of Becky’s child, Travis (Harrison Gilbertson) arrives at the church where Cal parked their car to enter the filed. Travis not only sees Cal’s car, but several other cars in the same lot that seem to have been abandoned. Travis soon enters the grassy field as well, and soon encounters Tobin, who leads him to a shocking occurrence. It is at this point in the film we learn the field is caught in a time warp or something related to the big bad rock is toying with the minds and bodies of those trapped in the field or both. This is the point in the film that could also cause confusion, with supposedly deceased characters now once again alive and attempting to escape the deadly field in any manner possible. The film also features what appears to be creepy “grass people” who may or may not be ancient native Americans who once inhabited the fields. One of the characters in the film (I will not spoil who it is for those who haven’t read the novella), takes an extremely nasty turn and causes just as much havoc as the deadly grass. There is also a long harbored secret revealed by Travis concerning Becky’s brother, resulting in Cal’s and Travis brawling while trying to escape from a character in hot pursuit of the Cal, Becky, Travis and Tobin. Trying to keep up with all the characters comings and goings is half the fun of the film, and at times the film can feel claustrophobic when all the characters are trying to escape the seemingly endless tall grass field. Director Vincenzo Natali (“Splice”) does a wonderful job in keeping the pace of the film just right, and allows all the actors to have their moment to shine, and they take full advantage. The film has a perfect intensity and the grass field is exceptionally creepy at night under the moonlight. Where is a fleet of mowers or hungry cows when you need them? Overall, “In the Tall Grass” will provide plenty of chills and thrills for you during the Halloween season.
In the Tall Grass
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