I feel like this movie was released a little too late. Sure, there was a lot of Slender Man hype when I was maybe fifteen or sixteen but since then I personally feel like the hype died downed a bit. Maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right places but he was definitely super popular when I was a teenager. I played the game myself a few times with my friends and although really the game play is arguably a bit boring it used to scare the crap out of me.
For those who never played the game the premise is that you are in a woods being haunted by this figure called ‘Slender Man’. To escape the forest you need to find eight pieces of paper. 90% of the game is walking aimlessly around a forest, going back on yourself and only really gets interesting if you find a piece of paper or bump into Slender Man. Still, me and my friends were teenagers and the game was popular so we played it quite a few times and enjoyed it. There’s probably some old videos lurking around somewhere of us playing it.
I didn’t have high hopes when the film trailer was released. A film about Slender Man released this late is probably not going to be good. The film didn’t really follow the game as the premise of the movie was that four girls summon Slender Man and think nothing of it until their friend Katie goes missing. Soon the other three girls experience a supernatural presence stalking them and need to figure out how to stop it before it’s too late.
First of all, the characters. None of them were particularly likeable. My least favourite had to be Hallie who just seemed so fucking moody all the time and for what? She was rude to her sister Lizzie all the time over the most innocent things and just seemed like a pretty lame person to be around. She was also quick to brush away Wren’s concerns even though she’d been experiencing creepy things herself. She was honestly just super annoying throughout the entire thing.
I think maybe the worst part though is that it just… Wasn’t scary? Slender Man himself didn’t look scary and I think they showed him too much. It would’ve been better if it was a ‘The Blair Witch Project’ style movie where we see creepy things happening but we don’t see much of what’s causing them. Hints of Slender Man would’ve looked better than outright showing him because it just wasn’t scary in the slightest.
Also, it felt like the film kept randomly jumping and leaving things out? For example Hallie had a crush on this boy called Tom and it’s implied that by the end he was experiencing Slender Man related supernatural occurrences too but this wasn’t explored or resolved. There was also a sort of plot twist towards the end but this was just… Left. It’s difficult to explain without giving the plot away but it’s like we were just starting to get somewhere but then we didn’t.
And I’m sorry but the way they ‘summoned’ him was stupid. Spoilers ahead so beware – they summon him by clicking a video link and watching it. That’s literally all they did. I mean I’m no movie maker but I feel like it could’ve been something a bit more creative than that. It just felt really lazy and also stupid because who posted the video on the internet… Slender Man? Slender Man’s choosing his victims by uploading videos to the internet now? Okay then?
Maybe it could’ve been saved with a decent ending but nothing happened? I was watching and waiting for something to happen to actually explain the ridiculous events I’d just seen but I didn’t get anything. It just kind of ended with no conclusion whatsoever. The entire movie felt pointless because like really in the grand scheme of things nothing happened.
Overall, this film is pretty much every awful horror cliché rolled into a film and honestly it just sucks. When I went to see the film the cinema was packed and I watched several groups of people leave midway through and honestly I don’t blame them. I didn’t leave because I was hoping it would all piece together at the end but it did not. It was just a mess.
Time for a fun fact about the movie because we know how much I love them – the father of the girl whose life was nearly claimed by the ‘Slender Man stabbings’ spoke out against the movie saying it was a disgrace that Hollywood was making a film about events that led to a tragedy.
My final words for this movie are this – don’t go and watch it. Save your money and go watch a decent film instead.