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That Stephen King, he’s so hot right now. Not that the prolific horror legend has ever been unpopular, but following the 2017 surge in King adaptations that culminated in IT‘s record-smashing box office, King’s works are suddenly everywhere again. In theaters, on TV, and of course, on Netflix. In the realm of streaming, Netflix is no stranger to King’s appeal, producing adaptations of 1922 and Gerald’s Game in 2017, and now, Vincenzo Natali‘s In the Tall Grass.
Based on King and Joe Hill‘s novella of the same name, In the Tall Grass follows an inseparable pair of siblings who wind up trapped in a Lovecraftian nightmare when they follow a young boy’s cries for help and wind up lost in an ancient, ungodly field of grass that never lets you leave. Becky (Laysla De Oliveira) is in the last trimester of her pregnancy, and without a stable partner to father her baby, she’s struggling to decide what she wants to do. Fortunately, she has her brother Cal (Avery Whitted), who joins her on a road trip to San Diego, where a family waits to adopt the unborn girl. But they never make it to San Diego.
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While taking a driving break, Becky and Cal hear a young boy calling for help from inside a field of tall grass, screaming that he’s been trapped for days and begging them to come find him. When they do, they quickly realize that they’re too stuck in the grass now, and worse, nothing in that field makes a lick of sense. Once they lose sight of each other, it’s almost impossible to find one another again, their location always changing. They might be standing right next to each other one moment, before ending up on opposite sides of the field the next. Nothing in the field...
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