When I first saw the trailer for Netflix’s In the Tall Grass a few days ago, I made a mental note to add it to my must-see horror movie list. It looked interesting, and when I learned that the film is based on Stephen King and Joe Hill’s 2012 novel of the same name, I figured it would be worth the watch.
Unfortunately, as I am often overly eager and optimistic with my first impressions of horror movies, I was a bit disappointed with how this movie was executed.
In the Tall Grass “is a 2019 Canadian supernatural horror drama film written and directed by Vincenzo Natali,” the movie’s Wikipedia page says. It was released by Netflix on Oct. 4, and from my observations, a lot of people tuned in to give this flick a watch.
Starring Patrick Wilson (yes, the guy that is in pretty well every horror made within the past five years) as Ross, Laysla De Oliveria as Becky, Avery Whitted as Cal, Becky’s brother, Will Buie Jr. as Toby, and Harrison Gilbertson as Travis, Becky’s ex-boyfriend, the movie starts with Becky and Call pulling over on an isolated rural road beside a large field of tall grass. They pull over as Becky is sick (she’s six months pregnant) as the two of them are on their way to San Diego for Becky to have an abortion. Upon pulling over, the siblings hear a young boy calling for help from within the grasses, and the pair head in to rescue him.
The only thing is that they can’t get out.
They stumble across Toby and Ross after a little while, and eventually Travis, who has come looking for Becky to make amends about abandoning her with their baby. Wandering aimlessly through the tall grass, it soon becomes apparent that the field they’re in is far more than just a field, but rather, the host for an unfortunate spiritual ritual.
I don’t think this movie isn’t worth the watch necessarily, but it’s confusing as hell. I feel as though reading the book prior might help clarify the plot a little bit, seeing as the majority of the movie’s events are quite vague and unexplained.
I suppose if you’re going to watch this movie, it might benefit you to do a little bit of research first.