Always Watching: A Marble Hornets StoryHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
A small town news team discovers a box of video tapes where a faceless figure dressed in a dark suit, haunts and torments a family... slowly driving them insane. Soon after, they realize that the "Operator" has begun to stalk them as well.
This was a great continuation of of the youtube series Marble Hornets and I think they did an amazing job. The people downrating this are mostly those who have never watched the series. Make sure to watch them before watching this!
Good on its own merits, but a little cliche
And thus the wait for the fans of the infamous Marble Hornets web series is finally over and we at last get to see what an official feature film extension (not an adaptation) of the series, complete with a big-name actor playing the Operator, would be like, and…
From a standalone perspective, it’s pretty decent overall. I’ve heard complaints that the Operator appears way too much. However, I felt that his habit of popping up anywhere, anytime really upped the paranoia factor of the film. It doesn’t abide by silly things like cues and set ups. There’s no musical score or scare chords to alert us that something terrifying is about to happen. As is standard for stories related to the Slender Man Mythos, the big bad of the film has zero explanations for what he’s doing and why. Just when you think you’ve figured out the rules he plays by, you find out you’re wrong. For me, at least, that’s terrifying.
As for the cliche part, well…from the standpoint of someone who’s watched the original Marble Hornets and other stories from or about the Slender Man Mythos…it’s pretty much formula from beginning to end. Our heroes find a bunch of tapes. They spot the Operator on the tapes. The Operator starts coming after them, cue video distortion and the Operator Symbol. It’s all so rote and formulaic that, if you’re a fan of the mythos you can practically go through a checklist of classic plot points from beginning to end. It doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. However, seeing as this film is an offshoot of the series that pretty much wrote the formula used by other Mythos series, I think it warrants a pass.
My biggest gripe about the film is that I feel that Doug Jones was underutilized. A big deal was made about securing him to play the Operator, what with him already being exceptionally tall and lanky, with a lot of potential for menacing gestures and postures. Sadly, the Operator’s posture for at least 90% of the film was standard mannequin. He does so little that it makes you wonder why they bothered to get an actor at all. The Operator could have been completely CGI’d in and I doubt anybody would have really noticed the difference.
The trailer lies
for a 'found footage' movie, the main characters have no good reason to be carrying a camera or leaving one on for the duration of the movie. Its also full of fake pops, blurs and distortions... This movie is absolutely terrible.