American Horror cinema is in a slump and has been for a few years. Major studios have been a cause of endless ire as a glut of ill-conceived sequels, remakes, and prequels have flooded the landscape. That’s why Saucy Josh looks outside U.S. borders for the best and most original offerings in modern Horror. As the Asian Horror fad began to wane around 2005, I found myself pulled into a stark, new sub-genre: New French Extremity. Who would have thought that the French were such masters of mayhem? Films like Inside, Sheitan, Frontier(s), and High Tension have raised the Horror bar to new heights.
So it makes sense that the smartest of American Horror producers have also been looking beyond U.S. borders for innovation, similarly taking note of the “deviant” minds behind New French Extremity. In 2005, Wes Craven recruited Alexandre Aja (High Tension) to direct the remake of The Hills Have Eyes—with outstanding results. Recently, Anchor Bay teamed up with writer/director Xavier Gens (Frontier(s)) to produce his English-language debut The Divide (an apocalyptic Horror set for limited release in February). Now another big name in French Horror is poised to unleash a new twisted vision on us jaded Americans.
Read the synopsis for The Tall Man and peep the demo-reel over at FilmSponge.com!