Stephen McHattie

The Tall Man - Jessica Biel

Editor’s note: The Tall Man creeps into theaters tomorrow, so hold your children close and enjoy this re-post of our SXSW review, originally posted on March 21, 2012. SXSW Midnighter pick The Tall Man falls into the category of the most aggravating kind of disposable movies. It’s not bad, there’s a certain level of competency, and a few of its ideas, if translated right, would make for an interesting film. Unfortunately, those ideas aren’t handled right, and the final result is a tedious, bland, and unsubtle thriller. Set in the small rundown town of Cold Rock, there lives the legend of “The Tall Man,” someone who’s been snatching kids away from their families. While there’s been no sighting or hard evidence of his existence, he’s still been talked up into a nightmarish figure. The government and anyone else of real importance hasn’t done anything about it since it’s a poor town. The lead of the film, Jessica Biel‘s Julia Denning, is a local free clinic nurse and a widow and, like everyone else, she fears even the very idea of The Tall Man. As expected, the legend comes and takes her child away.

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A Little Bit Zombie

Steve and Tina are about to get married, a prospect that gravely disturbs Steve’s sister who–in addition to being married to Steve’s best friend–thinks Tina is as right for him as an angry hornet’s nest is for a family picnic. Much in that same vein, Steve thinks it wise to take the quartet to the family cabin for the weekend so everyone can learn to play nice. Adding to the incredibly tense proceedings is a mosquito who managed to feed on a walking corpse a few miles over. You see, a pair of expert zombie hunters were just wrapping up the last loose ends of an undead carnival when the pesky insect sneaked a bite and made his way over to the cabin. The mosquito bites Steve several times, and soon he begins showing the classic tell-tale signs of zombism. But can this nice-guy zombie be cured?

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The Tall Man - Jessica Biel

Remember that old argument that foreign directors who make the jump to English-language and/or Hollywood studio films, usually make something that’s not so good? Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) might be adding more proof to that theory. The international trailer for The Tall Man (aka The Secret) features Jessica Biel trying to find her son after he’s taken, possibly, by a sort of urban legend who wears a big black cloak and could probably play professional basketball. It’s pretty bland, but it might just be bitterness that this isn’t that Angus Scrimm documentary everybody’s been clamoring for. Check it out for yourself:

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Hockey and Canada go together like America and fat people. Seriously, it’s a big deal up there. And like you’d expect from our overly friendly upstairs neighbors with funny accents, they celebrate hockey in many ways. This year attendees of the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on September 9, will get a new kind of Canadian passtime: the hockey-centric musical. Yes, a musical about hockey. Awesome, eh?

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The classic Brothers Grimm tale Little Red Riding Hood seems to be getting a lot of play lately. We’ve been reporting on an Amanda Seyfried-led big screen project that will see the red hood make a comeback. And now today we get word from SyFy that Dr. Horrible star Felicia Day, probably best known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer or in the online web series The Guild, will don the red cape and run from wolves as well.

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A new deleted scene from the director’s cut of Watchmen reveals how Hollis Mason meets his end.

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FSR chats with the ‘Pontypool’ director about his unique, extremely entertaining zombie movie, currently in limited release and available for purchase in living rooms nationwide through IFC On Demand.

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Run to see ‘Pontypool,’ the other horror movie out this weekend. It’s as intelligent and exciting as the best the genre has to offer and it can be seen in theaters in select cities, and on IFC On Demand.

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It’s been said that there’s no such thing as an original idea. Variations on the plots perhaps, but the basic tales have all been told. And that’s true, but those variations can sometimes make it seem like you’re watching something completely fresh and utterly original. Which brings us to Pontypool.

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