We are truly living in the era of Stephen King adaptations. From both chapters of It, to Gerald’s Game, to Doctor Sleep, Pet Sematary, and beyond, it seems like every month brings another one of the horror author’s concoctions to cinematic—or televisual—life. Netflix will help usher in the next big King-to-screen project with In The Tall Grass, based on a novella co-written by King and his son, Joe Hill. The first trailer for the film is here, and like all things King, it’s making us suspicious of something otherwise innocuous. In this case, it’s a giant field.
— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) September 17, 2019
In the Tall Grass tells the story of two siblings named Becky and Cal, who stop in front of a field and hear the cries of a young boy, apparently lost somewhere inside. They venture in to help him, where they discover that the field has sinister properties, which separates and disorients them. Unable to find their way out, the two quickly learn that “the only thing worse than getting lost is being found.”
The film is written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, who’s known for films like Cube and Splice—both horror tales with unique, cerebral spins. (Natali has also directed episodes of TV series like The Strain, Hannibal, and Orphan Black.) It stars horror veteran Patrick Wilson (of The Conjuring movies and Insidious), along with Avery Whitted, Laysla De Oliveira, Rachel Wilson, and Will Buie Jr. as the resident “creepy King kid.”
In the Tall Grass will premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas later this week before arriving on Netflix on October 4. It’s a part of Netflix’s larger original Halloween programming slate, which began earlier this month.
Header Image Credit: Netflix