• Whitney Hayes

In the Tall Grass

"A brother and sister enter a field of tall grass to rescue a boy, but they soon realize they cannot escape and something evil lurks in the grass."

Paranormal Booktivity
4 Pumpkin Rating

TV-MA designed for mature audiences as content contains foul language, graphic violence, graphic sexual activity or any combination of these elements.

From what I can tell, from my brief internet-stalkery, this film is recent but it has already managed to receive several reviews indicating it is mediocre or worse. And honestly, I'm not in agreement with those critics.

Side Note: I am writing this review fresh so that I don't forget how I feel about the plot and characters etc. (Sim, Tay and I literally just watched this after a series of horror films today which started with a rewatch of The Poughkeepsie Tapes from as early as 9AM this morning!)

Now, I haven't read the book, but as soon as I heard the name "King" I already felt myself expecting certain things from the watch, which I suspect will happen to everyone. I tried to not let it alter my journey too much, though, and just tried to be jolted by the plot twists (of which there were many).

I didn't recognise any of the actors (or the director, although I was happy to see what appears to be an Italian name lol) - and I'm sure I've said this before but if not; I love seeing unknown actors in things (especially horror films) because it makes everything feel more real and allows me to get lost in the story because I'm not distracted talking to my friends about the latest tabloid gossip about whatever B-list celebrity is on screen.

Initially, obviously not having read the book, we started off on a sceptical step and tried to think of as many plot possibilities as we could which involved grass - all were ridiculous and none came about in the actual film lol. But already by the 10-minute mark, we were #shook - we paused it on Netflix and went to have a cigarette to discuss immediately. Mind you, that's not to say that we were scared, but definitely a mixture of confused and intrigued.

I think, to be honest, without revealing any spoilers, that says enough. I would definitely recommend watching it. I am glad I did. I'm glad I know what it's about now, and I will remember the two-hour journey of trying to guess through each plot twist (as well as trying to confirm we understood the ending!)

So, I hope you can enjoy it and just form your own opinion without feeling the pressure to dislike something because of the majority opinion. It's never going to earn "Classic" status, from us anyway, but it's still worth a watch.

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