Andrea's Unsolicited Review: SLENDER MAN
I'm actually a fan of the Slender Man myth. When I first saw the original pictures, I was like what in the world is this? I thought the first picture of the kids on the path was real. I thought the guy in the back might be a teacher playing some kind of trick...
Of course, when I read more and learned that Slender Man is a myth created in the Creepypasta universe, I had to smile. I like the idea and the stories that came from it. I didn't watch/read all of the stuff about it, but it was fun to peek in here and there and learn more and look at all of the cool and creepy drawings.
As is the way of the Internet and the film industry, a movie has been made to ramp up the chills and thrills. I went to see it tonight, so here's my take on the film.
|Slender Man (2018)|
First, the target audience for this film was out in force this evening... and quite frankly, they acted just as dumb as the teenagers in the film. They would not shut up, and when things got scary, they got louder and louder and were giggling and laughing. It's a coping mechanism, obviously, and was kinda an interesting study in teenage behavior. They were scared; quite a few jumped and screamed at times. And they seemed pretty horrified by the taking of the final character. But their feeding off each other nearly ruined the film for me and my friend. I imagine I would've liked the film a bit better if there wasn't such a problem with the target audience. Note to self: go to see horror films during the week when the kids are in school.
Right there with you, Arnold.
From what I can gather of the film, it was your usual teenagers doing dumb shit, such as hearing a noise when your parents aren't home, calling out and they don't answer, walking down the stairs WITH THE PHONE IN YOUR HAND BUT NOT CALLING 911, don't turn on any lights to see who it could be, then run back upstairs when it turns out there actually is an intruder in your house and lock yourself in your room and STILL DON'T CALL 911... But I digress. It seemed this entire town was pretty oblivious to what was going on other than the teenagers; the police were useless, and the parents were near absent. I think that the entire story could've been tightened up and the girls could've been portrayed as a lot smarter without sacrificing the scary aspects. You don't need dumb girls to have a scary movie. I think that's been proven time and time again.
The thing is, there is some really creepy cool imagery in this film. A couple of times I jumped and really was frightened. The concept itself of Slender Man is foreboding and dark because he just takes you. No reason as to why he does, and you don't seem to die. You're just... taken. So that particular fear was played on in the entire film: the real fear of not knowing why. I think it was a smart move to use it and build suspense with it. There was also good foreshadowing with the initial Slender Man online video if you pay attention. It was pretty cool that the original online stories, pictures and drawings were used, which I think added to the quality. And I really enjoyed the taking of the final character. It was disturbing.
And of note, one of my favorite suit actors was in the movie as Slender Man, Javier Botet. I recognized his hands. Well known for his work as the title role in Mama (2013) and the Leper in the new It (2017), Botet has a disease called Marfan Syndrome, and his connective tissues are effected. So he is incredibly skinny with long arms, legs and fingers. He was an excellent choice to play Slender Man since elongated limbs is the original design of the creature.
I think if the writers had made the girls smarter and the director had used the myth to its full potential, this could've been a better film. For example, if I had been the director, I'd have stuck the Slender Man into scenes in the background where you'd never think to see him, and maybe the audience sees him, maybe they don't. That's what some of the online pictures were able to do: completely surprise you by having him just there, observing. I also wonder what a hard R would've looked like on a psychological level. However, as it is, I think it's worth watching, but go for a matinee or wait until Blu-ray.
In all honesty... I'm glad Slender Man isn't real. I imagine I would probably fall into the myth myself if I thought it was.