Review: ‘Slender Man’ gives audiences a subpar plot and a scare


For those who have not watched Slender Man, be advised that this movie review may contain some spoilers.

Movie: Slender Man

Rated: PG-13

Run time: 93 minutes

Released in theatres: August 10, 2018

“The Slender Man” movie takes place in a small, rural town in Massachusetts. The movie begins when four best friends Wren (Joey King), Piper (Annalise Basso), Halle (Julia Goldani Telles), and Chloe (Jaz Sinclair) decide to summon the Slender Man (Javier Botet). The Slender Man is a tall, faceless, supernatural character, whose purpose is to prey on innocent children.

Soon, the kids learn that they have made a grave mistake. They watch a video that not only frightens them, but also turns their lives into a living nightmare where death, darkness, and a monster looming over them. Soon after watching the video, Piper is taken. At first, the friends do not think much of it, and believe that Piper has run away because of her drunken father; however, as the movie progresses, each friend experiences different visions, dreams, and illusions. Because of these events, Wren, Halle, and Chloe finally realize what truly happened to their friend. They then try their best to bring Piper back but soon learn there could be deadly consequences. There was no stopping the Slender Man.

Toward the end, the story line becomes choppy, leaving the ending of the movie abrupt and chaotic with underdeveloped information. This movie is not a typical horror movie where the heroes defeat the bad guy. The movie has a meaningless ending without any real victory. 

Despite the subpar plot, the movie presented outstanding special effects, giving the smallest things an extraordinary amount of detail.

All in all, this movie is not recommended. Although the special effects were of good quality, the acting was mediocre at best. The plot made it appear as if the writers did not know what to do with the story and rushed the ending instead.

“Slender Man” is a good pick for those who enjoy the thrill of horror movies, but is not an enjoyable movie overall.

Slender Man

Worldwide gross, budget, domestic gross rank, and genre rating information from www.boxofficemojo.com. Percentage of Rotten Tomato critics who give the movie positive reviews from http://www.rottentomatoes.com.  (Benjamin Wear/ Ethic infographic)

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