If you don’t use IMDB much when looking for films to watch, let me help you out: scores rarely go below 5/10. It’s a user based rating system that is usually a lot kinder to the films than other places, like Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes. Slender Man has a 3/10 currently on IMDB. That’s a telling score. My score? 1/10. Let me tell you why.
Slender Man (2018)PG-13 | 1h 33min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 10 August 2018 (USA)In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt to prove that he doesn’t actually exist – until one of them mysteriously goes missing.Director: Sylvain WhiteWriters: David Birke, Victor Surge (based on a character by)Stars: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair
Slenderman is a mysterious dreamlike “shadow person” of library lore that bored teens like to summon through handing over their teddy bears and missing kid posters. Yes, he apparently likes that stuff so much he will appear if they are brought to the forest. He’s like 8 feet tall, has no face, and uses scary tentacle fingers to abduct people. You don’t see him much.
What you do see is the effect he has on these teen girls. They are starting to lose interest in tack and school and life in general because Slenderman has taken over their minds. The film borrows from so many horror films. Blair Witch was a heavy influence it would seem. The dream sequences seem like they were directly spliced out of “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Too bad there weren’t more borrowings because this director has give the world nothing good in horror or otherwise.
I tweeted last night this film looks like a Disney Channel Halloween special. 13 year olds at a sleepover would do better to look up Slenderman stories online rather than watch this film. With the stabbing in the Slenderman crime that almost killed one teen and put the other two in life mental prison sentences, I was shocked someone had the nerve to make this. After that I am surprised to see how truly bad the movie they made is. This is not a film, it’s like a tv special maybe. It misses the mark for each. It could have been made much better as possibly a found footage horror or more development of the villain and why he kills. As it is, I’m giving it the lowest score I possibly can. Don’t pay a dime to see this drivel. 1/10