REVIEW: Full of supernatural scares, Slender Man is an unnerving big screen take on the nightmarish internet meme
PUBLISHED: 09:51 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:51 06 September 2018
Though it started out as an internet meme in 2009, the true horror of the Slender Man came to life when, in 2014, two Wisconsin 12-year-olds who believed in the shadowy character stabbed a friend...
Now, almost a decade after the nightmarish character first appeared online, he’s found his way on to the silver screen. But is this Slender Man of 2018 really scary?
The answer is, sort of. The creepy orchestral score, creaking doors slamming shut without reason, and widescreen shots of dark and misty forests all help to up the suspense and provide plenty of jump scares, but the eponymous villain itself is impressively creepy: faceless and with eight endlessly-long branch-like arms, every time the shadow-like ‘taker of children’ appears is a jump-out-of-your-skin moment.
The fact that he is able to appear through doors, cracks in bookcases and between trees makes him even more unnerving; and that’s before mentioning the Voldemort-like creep’s mind-bending power to conjure up a nightmarish hell into a reality. Unsurprisingly, it drives his victims to insanity, or death...
In another case of horror movie characters do the stupidest things, the group of teenage friends that the film centres on are pulled in by the internet lore of the Slender Man and want to disprove that he actually exits. So what do they do? Watch a video, stare into his eyes and, inevitably, get sucked in - it’s basically The Ring, but for the millennial generation.
Unexplained deaths soon follow and weird messages start popping up from an an unknown social media account; it’s not long before the search for the missing girls begins, leading to convincingly emotional performances; especially from Hallie (Julia Goldani Telles) and Josey King (Wren).
When the friends head into the woods (in the dark and on their own - again, complete idiocy) to try and bring their friend back, it brings to mind The Blair Witch Project...
Desperate to escape and get back to normal life, they plead “I don’t wanna play this game!” - but, of course, the Slender Man isn’t one for showing any mercy, making for a brief (it’s only 90 minutes long) yet creepier than expected thrill ride of edge-of-your-seat suspense and scares.
Slender Man is now showing at The Light Cinema in Wisbech.
For screening dates, times and tickets visit www.wisbech.lightcinemas.co.uk/slender-man