Set to come out on 4 October 2019, In the Tall Grass is a new horror film written and directed by Vincenzo Natali. The story is based on the 2012 novella of the same name by Stephen King and Joe Hill. King has been on a roll lately with his works being turned to movies, such as It and Doctor Sleep.
The plot focuses on the Demuth siblings, Becky (Laysla De Oliveira) and Cal (Avery Whitted), who hear a young boy’s cry for help from a vast field of grass in Kansas and decide to look for him there. But they end up separated and lost themselves, unable to find a way out.
They soon stumble upon other people in the tall grass: Travis, Ross Humboldt (Patrick Wilson), a woman presumably to be Natalie (Rachel Wilson) who is seen with him at first in the movie trailer, and a mysterious young boy (Will Buie Jr). None of them seem to be able to find a way out of the field, possibly thanks to some of sinister force there.
Here’s the official trailer of In the Tall Grass:
The trailer shows fantastic dark imageries that make the grass and whatever evil forces living there look quite terrifying. There’s no telling yet on what kind of story adaptation we’ll get from the original novella.
Right now, it just looks like a bunch of people unwillingly trapped in a big field with a mysterious chapel next to it.
I don’t see any connection between the chapel and everything else that’s going on in the trailer, but we did get a shot of Travis walking through it as a door slowly opens by itself.
This means the answers may lie somewhere in the empty chapel. Plus, who is Travis? The trailer doesn’t explain that either except tell us that the siblings know him.
Watching the trailer also raises a few other questions. Who is the boy? Is he Ross’ lost son? And what happened to Natalie? If you’ve read the book, you’d know but it’s not known if Natali had changed anything in the story or what he has chosen to focus in the film.
Natali had initially planned the project back in 2015 but only could get it started with the help of Netflix who bought the film rights with him as director. Around the same time, he also announced on Twitter that Japanese guro manga artist Shintaro Kago would serve as the film’s conceptual designer.
What do you guys think? From the trailer, it looks great. I’m really looking forward to watching In the Tall Grass.