Once upon a time, nearly 10 years ago, a YouTube channel called Marble Hornets was created. I personally didn’t learn about the channel until 2012, in college and obsessed with the abridged side of YouTube thanks to being introduced to it through a friend at the time. That same friend and I were spending time in her dorm room waiting to leave for a con when she introduced me to Marble Hornets.
And, thusly, Slender Man.
The Marble Hornets YouTube channel tells the story of a few friends who want to make a movie called Marble Hornets. Everything unravels slowly, and you start seeing more and more of this mysterious figure. But is he even real? The series spooked me, and there’s really no other way to say it. And I’m really proud of that, actually.
See, the guys behind Marble Hornets are from Alabama, not far from where I’m writing this article from. And I’ve met them. At a convention called Kami-Con.
See, this past weekend I went and saw the new Slender Man movie. While I wouldn’t call it a trainwreck, I would say that rewatching Marble Hornet would be (and is) a better experience.
The Slender Man movie wants to be too many things all at once. It want to follow too much of the Slender Man lore, and ends up becoming something of a confused mess because of it. Is Slender Man electronic? Is he a kidnapper of children? Does he have minions? Can he control minds? I have no idea because these ideas were brought to the table and forgotten in the next scene.
And this is where the movie really upset me. The best part of all the Slender Man lore before the movie is the big question: is Slender Man even real? The scariest things are the things we aren’t 100% sure of.
The movie wants you to think, at first, that it’s all in the heads of the children. But then you actually SEE Slender Man in all his fake looking CGI glory.
And, god, I really wish it would have stayed with the “is he real or not?” idea because that was the one thing it really had going for it.
My pitch for a Slender Man movie: kids that were stocked by Slender Man are all grown up now and start seeing him randomly in their new, big town they moved to after college graduation. Is he there?
There was so much wasted potential. Slender Man, I miss you. And I miss being scared of you. Come back.
Stephanie is a gamer, otaku, and your local friend who posts on Twitter too much. From Mississippi, she spends most of her free time prepping for her next convention or getting beaten at Overwatch. Follow her on Twitter.