Film Review: Slender Man (2018)

‘Initially I was going to miss out on this film […] and it’s safe to say I wish I had’

Slender Man, 2018

Directed by: Sylvain White

Starring: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, Javier Botet

 

When four friends, Wren (Joey King), Hallie (Julia Goldani Telles), Chloe (Jaz Sinclair) and Katie (Annalise Basso), find the way to summon the story of the Slender Man, a murderer/abductor of the young, they believe they are just messing around but soon find themselves tormented at best and missing at worst due to the Slender Man coming for them.

Initially I was going to miss out on this film; a combination of poor cinema times at my local cinema combined with a busy weekend and its poor early-reviews meant there wasn’t much room to see it, but my nephew was interested in seeing it so we managed to find time and it’s safe to say I wish I had missed out on it. Firstly, the cinematic experience was frustrating (with someone next to me who didn’t care for the fact that the arm rests can be used by both of us), and secondly, the film was poor. Unfortunately, I knew the reviews prior to seeing it, but I still went in with a fresh mind in hope that some excitement could be found despite the lack of positives being thrown around, but there really wasn’t anything to shout home about. The characters are awful (one, after being tormented by the Slender Man and seeing her friends disappearing decides to ignore the warnings of her friend and instead choose to go on a date with a lad from school at his place), with not one of them coming across as sympathetic or with a story/arc we can invest in. The set-up for the Slender Man’s arrival is lazy and the film plays out to a rather slow beat.

Slender Man, 2

What I will say that’s positive, though, is one scene (the aforementioned scene of Hallie going on a date) is one of the funniest scenes I’ve seen in the cinema this year (admittedly, it probably intended to be a rather dramatic moment). Hallie is kissing the lad on the couch and starts hearing the sound of trees (the calling card of the Slender Man) and when she turns to face him he’s pulling a series of strange faces which just look hilarious. On a more serious note, the sounds of the trees are used quite well and the fact they hide the Slender Man away from screen for so long, but that’s let down when they present this CGI-made monster.

It switches the protagonist too much, has twists that aren’t needed, takes itself too seriously but then presents ridiculously silly moments and is quite boring. It creates some nice atmosphere at times, and the soundtrack whenever Slender Man is coming is quite good, but that’s nowhere near enough to save this film about Slender Man, which became famous about seven years ago which renders this film about six-years-too-late.

 

Personal: *     Acting: * *     Writing: *     Presentation: * *

Overall Rating: * ½

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