Advertised as one of the scarier movies of the year, previews showed a horror at its finest, but upon watching the film, it was the complete opposite of that. The film took a long time to get to the point, more of a thriller than a horror film at best. No jump scenes or scenes that make you sit at the edge of your seat or hide under your blanket.
The idea was there, but the outcome was not. The film itself was very reminiscent of the 2002 film The Ring. They both had a video and after watching the video bad things start happening. It is also reminiscent of the 2017 film The ByeByeMan. The film itself felt unfinished, the scenes were quick and yet the film itself felt long and dragged out coming to a predictable conclusion that wasn’t as satisfying as expected. It took a while to be able to truly get into the film because of all the cut scenes, that once you’re into the film, it’s over. Another bother was the lack of sights of Slender Man, that is to say, he’s the cover of the film and he’s hardly shown in the film. Even at the ending you barely see a glimpse of him and what he can do.
Moreover, it isn’t as bad as it seems, there were redeeming qualities with Wren’s (Joey King) scenes while she’s doing research in the library; it shows what Slender Man can actually do. But scenes like that would have been better if they were brought throughout the film to explain and show what Slender Man is capable of and what he really is. The underlying theme was that he was a virus that eats at you until you go insane; which can also be viewed as technology, like a virus that takes over and turns everyone into insane zombies, but that’s a topic for another day. If you’re up for a mediocre thriller that’s labelled as a horror, then give it a go. If you’re a fan of 2002s The Ring, (with less horror and jump scares), you’ll enjoy Slenderman.