Since 2008, many horror fans have been awaiting Laugier's next film. The long wait seems due to a period where the film-maker was attached to helm the Hellraiser remake but, without citing any reasons, he soon exited the project.
His latest looks to be a far different approach to fear than its controversial predecessor, and looks more along the lines of Laugier's lesser known House of Voices from 2004.
When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.
Essentially marking Jessica Biel's first non-sex-bomb role, the actress has had a spotty career at best, but may prove more competent with direction from Laugier whose previous film featured two strong female leads who had admirable conviction in their grueling performances.
The film so far resembles a visually blander Silent Hill and countless other generic paranormal thrillers where kids go missing, get possessed or go all evil-like and, predictably, festival screenings have generated indifference critically.
While it’s a sure bet The Tall Man will make back its budget, I don't think it will do much in the way of adding innovation to a painfully stale area of horror or go towards establishing Laugier as a consistent genre asset.
A UK release date has yet to be announced but The Tall Man is certain to hit cinemas later this year.
Source: Slash Film