Slender Man Review
Slender Man is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Sylvain White and written by David Birke, based on the character of the same name. The film stars Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, and Annalise Basso, with Javier Botet as the title creature.
Small-town best friends Hallie, Chloe, Wren and Katie go online to try and conjure up the Slender Man, A tall thin man without a face. Two weeks later, Katie mysteriously disappears during a class trip. They try desperatly to find her, but soon suspect that Slender Man might be more than a legend.
This is one of the films you go into not knowing what to expect. It could be another bad adaptation, it could be a rare gem like The Lego Movie. I was hoping this movie would be decent, but its not. It's just not.
The acting and cast wasn't terrible, but the two best actresses played supporting roles. Joey King and Annalise Basso are arguably the two best and well known actresses in the entire movie, but they play limited roles. Spoiler ahead Annalise Basso is the first to die off, and it's so early on in the film.
The other two girls weren't terrible actors, but at times they do feel off.
They didn't dedicate any time to developing the characters. The only thing we learn is one of the girl's (Chloe) dad died, and the other (Katie) has an alcoholic dad, but they didn't build on this. They didn't even try.
All of the characters were paper thin. They didn't have back stories or personality's. The only unique thing about them were there names.
Joey King has the best character. Not because of the character, but because of her acting. She's a talented actress and makes the character watchable, but the writing of this character wasn't great.
The main character was terrible. No disrespect to the actress. The character just wasn't very good.
They throw in the same cliche's from every horror film. You have the mistic believer, the skeptic, and the outsider. When done right these characters can be interesting, but it becomes very clear early on that they have no interest in developing these characters.
The plot. The lifeline of every film. It does not deliver. The plot has a promising premise with a half decent monster, but in the very early stages of the film you can tell it's going to bad.
The plot is entirely centered on the Slender Man like it should. The way it all comes together wasn't great.
The biggest problem with the film is just how uneventful and boring it is. There's a lot of stuff going on in the film, but it really doesn't mean or amount to anything.
The biggest problem with Slither Man is the fact he's barely in it. The entire film revolves around him, but the only time we actually get to see him is at the end. The other times he's scattered through the film is when he's standing out of view I'm the back by some woods.
The other times we see him is when we see his shadow, but like most of the film it doesn't amount to anything.
Another problem I had with the film were the constant dreams, and vision. It's okay once maybe twice, but when it constantly happens it becomes annoying. When you get halfway threw the film when anything slightly interesting happens it doesn't have as big as an impact, because you instantly think it's just a dream, and more than likely it is.
Overall the plot is a slow, but fast burning story that doesn't have a foundation to build on.
This film just wasn't scary. It really didn't try to be. The only time they attempted to scare you was in the middle of a bunch of dream sequences.
I think the should of just left it out. The horror is so bad it makes you laugh. It sucks because I think the director and cinematographer did an excellent job with the atmosphere. The film had this dark mood about. Most of the shots only have a handful of lights. The used shadows, and the fear of the unknown to their advantage.
That was the best part of the entire film, and I think they should've built off of that, but they didn't.
I think the director chose the wrong direction for this film. It tries to be a monster movie, buy it isn't. Instead I think they should have went more for a physiological horror. They had great elements of a physiological horror. The monster revolved around making people go insane. I think this was a huge misstep.
the writing of the story wasn't good. To be fair the dialogue wasn't bad, but everything else just wasn't good.
From the way the story comes together, it just feels so sloppy. The characters change, but then they don't. You don't care about the characters to begin with, but when you see a small change you become slightly more interested, only to have them go back.
The way the entire story flows is just so sloppy. The one good thing about the plot is how early we're thrown into it. I love when a story starts off strong, but they even mess that up. You just never feel invested in the story.
Overall this film just isn't good. The plot doesn't hold up. The characters aren't good. The entire film is roughly 90 minutes, but it feels so much longer. They try to make a monster movie, but fail. Slender Man, both the film and monster isn't remotely scary. The start of the star was bad, the ending was even worse.
They build a great atmosphere, but do to the lack of an engaging plot it all goes to waste.
This film had the potential to be good. They had a half decent premise, but they fail.
This story was boring. It's slow and absolutely nothing happens. It's a couple of sequences that I guess they were scary put together.
It isn't great. Its not good. It isn't terrible, but its not very watchable. This misses the mark so many times, I wonder what was going on.
It's a monster movie without a good monster. It's a horror film that without a single scare. It's a slow burner that pushes the story to hyper speed, but it feels like it's 2 hours, because it doesn't mean anything.
The entire story revolves around Slender Man, but they focus on the Slender Man's legend. Their basically tell an origin story. I think this is the only film that tells an origin story without mentioning his origins.
The worst part about it is that you don't realize how bad it is until the end. You just assume it's leading somewhere, but it doesn't.
This is by far one the most disappointing films of the year. Nothing happens.
If your looking for a good scare your not going to find it here. If you just want a half decent story you will be disappointed.
This is not a very good film.
© 2018 Royce Proctor