Awesome start to the week guys – I pay a quick visit to Solarmovie and stumble across the new Marble Hornets movie!
I had heard rumors that it was in production but I had no real idea of when it was actually going to be released. Let’s take a closer look at the finished article…
Marble Hornets Project
This Marble Hornets project is centered around a whole new set of characters but it is based in the same ‘world’ as the YouTube mythology. It seemed to give the creators a solid platform to evolve The Operator character and take him away from the Slender Man link that so many people make.
The tone and overall aesthetic of the film is highly similar to that of the web series but this little beauty is reinforced with professional actors.
It all blends together to create a truly fascinating Found Footage experience…
A local news crew is stuck with the rather tedious job of reporting on recent home foreclosures. One of the homes they encounter has a series of strange symbols printed on the walls of it’s dark basement.
As they attempt to figure out the meaning behind these strange paintings they come across a box of old DV tapes left by the previous owners.
The camera operator ( Chris Marquette ) decides to take the tapes home and investigate the contents. The family events that make up the home movies seem to show a strange slender figure in various background shots.
The news crew decide to look into the roots of this stranger but do not count on him showing up and stalking them. They quickly realize they can only see the figure while looking through the lens of a camera.
Who is this strange slender figure and why does he not appear to the naked eye?
Marble Hornets Movie
This type of thing was ALWAYS going to work on the big screen – I’m surprised it took as long as it did to get there!
They’ve managed to take the creepiness out of the web series and inject it into a much more solid and rounded foundation. Director James Moran does a awesome job of keeping the tone tense throughout, and there’s a genuine sense of danger whenever The Operator appears onscreen.
Definitely 100% worth the wait in my book, it’s just a shame so many Found Footage haters will miss out on this experience through ignorance!
It seems like any sort of Slender Man character was born for the Found Footage style of filming. I really don’t think he could work out on screen any other way!
The film is backed up by excellent performances from Jake McDorman, Chris Marquette and Alexandra Breckenridge. They work extremely well together and bring a worthwhile sense of realism to proceedings.
I like the way that the creators of this franchise ignore the chance to elaborate on the character of The Operator. By the time the credits begin to roll, we know absolutely nothing new about this strange entity.
I feel that this is the way things should stay – Slender Man should have no real background and we should all be making our own minds up on where he originates from ( and what his true purpose is ).
A thoroughly enjoyable Found Footage ride that could well bring on a hat full of sequels. Fans of the YouTube channel WILL NOT be disappointed with this offering.
Not to be missed!!!