Starring: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso
Director: Sylvain White
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Horror | Suspense | Thriller | 2018
So many horror movies these days surround themselves around folklore of entities that appear and take away children, adults, etc, just because they were summoned. This movie freaked me out only because they used the trees to portray the Slender Man, and those trees look exactly like the ones behind my house. In fact, on the same day I watched this movie, the trees behind my house were swaying in the wind just like they were in the youtube video the 4 girls were watching in their basement.
Basically, four friends watch a video much like the one in The Ring, and they are then tormented or taken by the Slender Man. The film gets an extremely slow start. One girl is taken and the other 3 just think she’s run away, it’s not until probably the last 30-45 minutes of the movie that they put it all together that it was the Slender Man and the whole thing is real - during this time in the movie is when he starts to reveal himself to the girls also. I would have thought a horror film like this would have slightly more action than it did.
As for the story itself, it is adequate. I could have done without all the dark web messaging and running down the rabbit holes of information like Wren (Joey King) does. And by the time the remaining girls are taken, they way it was done was just strange - again the filmmakers use the trees and it’s hard to “believe” (even though it’s obviously a fake story).
Overall, the film was just “okay” and it’s not the best film of its kind that I have seen recently. I wouldn’t recommend it, my husband and I actually paused it half way through to do some work around the house because we were fairly bored while watching it. (1/5).
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