The Found Footage genre is responsible for a host of talented independent filmmakers finally ‘making it big’ in the film industry. If you have the talent and you have the vision, all you need is a $300 camcorder or an iPhone to get your story ‘out there’.
But there’s two sides to every coin – for every mind-blowing Found Footage event there is always a piece of s##t that follows it. Unfortunately most people can afford a camcorder or a iPhone – regardless of their level of talent.
This brings me to the Marble Hornets slender man sightings that are recorded in a ‘Vlog’ or ‘video entry’ style. It amazes me that something that started out so small could develop into something so big.
But that’s what comes from genuine, raw filmmaking talent…
If you are looking for a show that will travel in a straight line and provide you with answers along the way then it’s best you close this page.
Marble Hornets has no interest whatsoever in making this an easy ride for the viewers. You want answers and they don’t really want to provide you with them.
A larger part of it’s structure is built on strange cryptic messages between straightforward film work. It’s almost like art at times.
The film is made up of video entry after video entry so there is no set running time really ( if there is I haven’t figured out what it is yet! ).
For the most part there is no real structure to the entries either – the timeline is pretty messed up leaving our narrator to guide us through each entry’s position.
It’s unlike anything I have seen before in the Found Footage genre…it’s a masterclass in indie horror!
Marble Hornets is the story of Jay, a young film school graduate who is given the leftover tapes from his friend Alex’s failed film ( aptly named ‘Marble Hornets’ ).
Alex has pretty much disappeared off the face of the planet so Jay decides to check out the tapes and see if there are any clues within them.
At first the tapes seem pretty normal but after a while we begin to notice strange interference and audio problems to the video quality. Alex’s behavior starts to get a little erratic and a strange character named ‘The Operator’ starts popping up in various shots.
Soon strange things begin to happen to Jay as he tries to unlock the mystery of what caused Alex to abandon his film and find out what is following him…
Marble Hornets Slender Man Sightings
Over time fans of the show have mislabeled it as being a Slenderman story ( I have myself on the odd occasion! ). There’s no doubt the creator, Troy Wagner, has taken a great deal of influence from this character but he insists Marble Hornets is a different creature altogether.
Marble Hornets is based around a completely different entity in The Operator – it is trying to make it’s own mythology and supernatural niche ( and it’s succeeding at doing that! ).
It would be really easy to label Marble Hornets as a great idea that starts out gripping and then loses it’s way a little. At times it feels as if the makers are just throwing things together because they have run dry on ideas.
But that’s not the case at all – that’s just their style!
The series is both unique and spellbinding – it offers something I’ve not come across before in the Found Footage genre.
At times I felt myself getting bored with the short video entries only to be dragged straight back in with a glimpse of something really disturbing.
If you are looking for a straightforward slasher horror or some sort of ‘gore porn’ like Saw then you are best staying away from Marble Hornets ( and this website! ).
This piece of indie filmmaking will make you think and confuse you no-end at times. You will find yourself rewinding certain entries just to brush up on what is going on and center the plot a little bit.
You don’t have to go far to locate Marble Hornets – it lives on YouTube ( How awesome is that! ). Here is a link to the complete playlist of Marble Hornet entries that I used myself – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmhfn3mgWUI&list=PL796DFBECFE88FAB7
There are quite few adverts throughout the video entries but that’s to be expected with a completely free indie offering ( we all have to make money somehow right? ).
Every fan of Found Footage should try this Marble Hornets lark out for size – most of you will not be disappointed!
A unique and classic serving of Found Footage…