Horror movies are flooding into the theater almost as fast comedies, and despite the mediocre reviews they continue to be churned out at the breakneck speed. Tonight, despite a Sci-Fi horror releasing this week, a second horror wants to take a stab at winning the box office battle. Robbie K here, bringing you another movie review to help guide your viewing pleasures. Let’s get started as I share my opinions on:
Movie: Slenderman (2018)
Short Run Time
Design of Antagonist
Slenderman doesn’t have much going for it for me, but at least the movie is at a short run time of about 80 minutes, so you don’t have to put up with too long of a movie (assuming you stay for the whole show). The faster pace film has packs plenty of creepy-crawly mood to it, mostly thanks to the cinematography and setting designed for the movie. Bring in the makeup and visuals to further add that shadow of sadness/doom alongside the realistic setting and you an even strong case of being disturbed by the movie. Slenderman’s various actions really can get under your skin, and once his form is solidly captured on set, you might get the final ambience of shivering in your skin as the CGI monster stalks the “heroines”. As for the cast, they do well with the direction they were guided down, but I can’t say more outside of that.
The Disturbing Imagery
Chaotic Camera Work
Unfortunately, the dislikes pile up, more so in how stereotypical this movie went forgoing any originality and potential for superficial gimmicks. The first aspect are the characters, very shallow teenagers who not only dug themselves a major hole in this film, but refusing to change. The static development leaves little to root for, nor any promise that things are going to go well for the teenage girls. Sadly, the girls primary growth occurs in their ability to tolerate the awful images the CGI ghost brings with him. Like the Ring, these visuals are not the most pleasing to watch and some felt unnecessary to include, thereby making their inclusion all the more pointless. Instead they should have worked on the story, for it had many plot holes and dead ends that were disappointing to say the least. Slenderman’s avenues are quickly interrupted by prolonged bouts of cat and mouse games, where the camera work fails to capture all the details you wanted to see. In addition, the movie did not succeed in taking a firm direction, leading to this spiral of hodge-podge horror that left me bored, listless, and counting the minutes for this predictable film to end. I’ll applaud the nods to other horror movies, but this piece meal needed some refining to bring Slenderman out to his full horror.
Slenderman looked insane, and it delivered on that quite well in regards to the mental war it plays on the girls. Your scares come from realistic setting and camera work, but outside of that there is little to harp on. The movie’s story is unfocussed, needing some editing and rewrites to really dive into the tale they wanted to present. In addition, deeper characters and better focus on the CGI villain is a must if the series is to survive. As such, I can’t recommend this movie for theater, nor is it worth your time at most rental sites (unless you are a teen looking to test your merit). Given everything coming out save your money and target those movies in the near future.
Movie Overall: 3.0-3.5