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In the Tall Grass

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Directed byVincenzo Natali
Screenplay byVincenzo Natali
Based on"In the Tall Grass"
by Stephen King and
Joe Hill
Produced by
  • Steve Hoban
  • Jimmy Miller
  • M. Riley
  • Harrison Gilbertson
  • Laysla De Oliveira
  • Avery Whitted
  • Will Buie Jr.
  • Rachel Wilson
  • Patrick Wilson
CinematographyCraig Wrobleski
Edited byMichele Conroy
Music byMark Korven


  • Copperheart Entertainment[1]
  • Netflix
Distributed byNetflix

Release dates

  • September 20, 2019 (Fantastic Fest)[2]
  • October 4, 2019 (Netflix)

Running time

  • 90 minutes[2][1]
  • 101 minutes (Extended version)[3]

In the Tall Grass is a 2019 Canadian supernatural horror drama film written and directed by Vincenzo Natali. It is based on Stephen King and Joe Hill's 2012 novella of the same name. It stars Harrison Gilbertson, Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Will Buie Jr., Rachel Wilson, and Patrick Wilson.

The project was in initial development in early năm ngoái, and went forward in May 2018, when streaming service Netflix announced that it had purchased the film rights, setting Natali đồ sộ direct and adapt the screenplay. Principal photography took place in summer 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.

The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September trăng tròn, 2019, and was released on Netflix on October 4, 2019. It received mixed reviews from critics, with many praising the performances, atmosphere and faithfulness đồ sộ the novella, but criticizing its inconsistent tone and dialogue.


Siblings Becky, who is 6 months pregnant, and Cal DeMuth are travelling đồ sộ San Diego. Midway there, they hear a young boy, Tobin, calling for help from a field of tall grass. His mother, Natalie, shuts him up. Concerned, the siblings enter but quickly get separated and find that their distance changes unnaturally. Panicked, they decide đồ sộ leave but can't find the road. Becky encounters Tobin's father Ross, who tells her đồ sộ stay close and not đồ sộ lose sight of him, but ends up doing so sánh. Cal stumbles across a bruised, dirty Tobin holding a dead crow. Tobin claims the grass won't move dead things and buries the bird in the path, telling Cal that rock told him Becky would die soon. When Tobin leads Cal đồ sộ a rock in the field and tells him đồ sộ touch it, interrupted by Becky's scream, he is attacked by a ghost.

The father of Becky's child, Travis, arrives looking for the siblings. He investigates the field, stumbling across Tobin, who implies that they know each other. The kid leads him đồ sộ Becky's corpse.

Tobin arrives at a nearby church with his parents. He and Freddy, the family dog, hear Travis shouting Tobin’s name from the grass. Freddy is drawn in, which leads Tobin, Natalie (his mother), and Ross (his father) đồ sộ follow and get separated. With the family panicking Becky and Cal re-enter the grass as Tobin states that Freddy died. Knowing the grass's trait, Travis, Becky and Cal move towards Tobin, and all four find each other. Travis tells Becky and Cal that they had been missing for two months. It is also revealed that Travis originally was not interested in being a father and asked Becky đồ sộ abort their baby, which she refused. As a result, Becky and Cal were traveling đồ sộ San Diego đồ sộ meet a family interested in adopting her baby when it was born as she did not feel ready đồ sộ be a single parent. Travis expresses regret at his actions and now wants đồ sộ be part of his child and Becky's lives.

The group spots a building in the distance. Becky receives a phone Điện thoại tư vấn from someone warning them not đồ sộ keep making the same "mistake". The grass seemingly enters Becky's uterus, and she passes out, only đồ sộ be revived by Ross, who then reunites with Tobin and says he will show them out. Ross leads them đồ sộ the rock where they are confronted by Natalie, she warns them not đồ sộ touch the rock. Then, she claims she saw Becky's corpse earlier. Natalie warns that Ross is dangerous, and the others decide đồ sộ leave. Travis attacks Ross who then breaks his arm and crushes Natalie's head. Ross claims the rock showed him the truth and the way out, but he does not want đồ sộ leave.

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Becky, Cal, Travis, and Tobin reach the building, and while scouting, Travis and Cal discover that Freddy has managed đồ sộ escape the field via a "hole" that leads đồ sộ the road. Jealous Cal, implied đồ sộ have incestuous feelings for Becky, lets go of Travis as he slips, causing him đồ sộ fall off the roof. Tobin flees into the field when Ross follows them đồ sộ the roof. The two follow Tobin, but Becky refuses đồ sộ leave Travis and goes back as Cal flees, Cal is strangled đồ sộ death by Ross. It is revealed they are in a time loop, with Cal permanently being hunted by an insane, possessed Ross in the grass. Travis survives and searches for Becky. Becky says the baby will be fostered.

Becky is attacked by Ross but escapes by stabbing him in the eye, and a thunderstorm begins. Becky is confronted by Grass Creatures, who carry her đồ sộ the rock, which has prophetic marks relating đồ sộ her pregnancy. Becky makes a phone Điện thoại tư vấn, pleading for her past self đồ sộ prevent Cal from hurting Travis. As she screams in pain from contractions, the ground underneath the rock opens, revealing multiple roots that turn into humanoid figures reaching towards her. She passes out and wakes up đồ sộ Cal who squeezes water into her mouth. He is holding her baby. She goes back đồ sộ sleep and wakes up đồ sộ Cal feeding her baby đồ sộ her and telling her it is just grass and seeds. Becky realizes that "Cal" is Ross. Tobin finds Travis and tells him that Ross killed both the baby and Cal, and is going đồ sộ keep killing them over and over. They are confronted by Ross, who mortally wounds Travis. As Ross attempts đồ sộ force Tobin đồ sộ touch the rock, Becky attacks him and scratches out his other eye, before dying from her wounds. Travis kills Ross. To understand, Travis touches the rock and sees strange visuals. He grabs Tobin's hand and guides him đồ sộ an exit, instructing him đồ sộ stop Becky and Cal from entering.

Tobin emerges across the road as Becky and Cal are about đồ sộ enter the grass, convincing them đồ sộ stay out by showing them Becky's necklace that Travis gave him, hence closing the loop. Becky decides đồ sộ keep her baby as they drive back trang chính. Travis listens đồ sộ them leaving and dies.


  • Harrison Gilbertson as Travis McKean
  • Laysla De Oliveira as Becky DeMuth
  • Avery Whitted as Cal DeMuth
  • Will Buie Jr. as Tobin Humboldt
  • Rachel Wilson as Natalie Humboldt
  • Patrick Wilson as Ross Humboldt



Director Vincenzo Natali had wanted đồ sộ make a film adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill's short story In the Tall Grass as early as năm ngoái, when he stated:

Who would think that grass could be frightening? Trust Stephen King and Joe Hill đồ sộ find a way. They have transformed an otherwise innocuous Kansas field into a stage for some of the most disturbing horror fiction I have ever read."[4]

On May 7, 2018, it was announced that Netflix would adopt the short story, with Natali hired đồ sộ write and direct, and Steve Hoban, Jimmy Miller, and M. Riley producing.[5][6][7]

On May 28, 2018, Natali announced that manga artist Shintaro Kago would design the concept art for the film adaptation.[8]


Alongside the initial production announcement, it was reported that James Marsden was in negotiations for a lead role.[5] On August 7, 2018, it was announced that Marsden had bowed out of the film due đồ sộ scheduling conflicts and been replaced with Patrick Wilson. Additionally, it was reported that Laysla De Oliveira, Harrison Gilbertson, Avery Whitted, Rachel Wilson, and Will Buie Jr. had also joined the cast.[9][10]


Principal photography was expected đồ sộ begin on July 30, 2018, and last until September 14, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario.[11] On July 24, 2018, it was reported that a dilapidated church phối had been constructed for the film on a rural road in Perth South, Ontario.[12] On September trăng tròn, 2018, filming took place outside of a bowling alley in Elmira, Ontario.[13]

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The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September trăng tròn, 2019. On October 4, 2019, the film began streaming on Netflix.[14]


On the review aggregator trang web Rotten Tomatoes, 36% of 76 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The website's consensus reads: "A potentially intriguing premise is rapidly lost in the weeds during In the Tall Grass which struggles đồ sộ stretch its slim source material đồ sộ feature length."[15] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 46 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.[16]


The film was nominated for Best Streaming Premiere at the 2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards.


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  13. ^ Reiner, Veronica (September trăng tròn, 2018). "Elmira Bowl transformed đồ sộ serve as phối for film shoot - ObserverXtra". ObserverXtra. Retrieved September trăng tròn, 2018.
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