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  • I give this Film a 2, just because I'm a massive fan of the 'Mable Hornets' web series ~ So it gets the first point for that alone, and, I give the extra point for Doug Jones' involvement with it (He's one of Hollywood's most underrated Stars, IMO). But that's it.

    This Movie bears none of the originality, nor sinister foreboding contained within the outstanding 'Marble Hornets' web series. It's just very standard, bland, mediocre horror fare, that focuses way too much on God-awful jump scares, and not enough on creating actual paranoia based fear and eerie tension like the brilliant 'Marble Hornets' series did by the Fleet-load.

    And our Slender Man/Operator has been shrunk down to the size of a regular Guy, who looks like He's had a hankie thrown over His face, who's only shown in pathetic static little blips. What a waste of the aforementioned awesome Doug Jones. You'd think that a Feature-length Movie featuring 'Slender Man'/'The Operator' would create a much more substantial monster than the one delivered here.

    When a 0 budget monster, in a web series, is infinitely more terrifying than the one served up in a Movie ~ You know that Movie has failed on all fronts.

    Go marathon 'Marble Hornets' right from the 'Introduction' video, and see how this sh*t is meant to be done! (Best viewed at Night, curtains open, with very hot black Coffee)
  • The title of the review speaks for itself.

    At this point the Found Film Footage genre is getting tired and old, only because these writers and directors aren't giving us anything we haven't seen already. They think that with the same scares, same annoying actors and same shaky camera with a whole new entity or monster will be a good idea. Wrong.

    There was nothing interesting about this film, except they thought it was a good idea. The special effects seem cheesy, but something tells me that's what they were going for, but it didn't work even if that were the case. Once again the characters were unlikable and that seems to be a recurring theme since The Blair Witch Project.

    You would think that a movie based upon the most popular creepypasta, Slenderman, would be a good thing. Unfortunately, you would be wrong.

    The film seems it would be good to those of a younger age, which this film is not targeted with, with it's R rating. The film could have easily been a PG-13. It might be good for a watch if your high, but I wouldn't recommend it regardless.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    I'm a huge fan of the Marble Hornets YouTube series. A little background for those who might not be familiar with it: Marble Hornets is a project by a group of film school friends, collectively known as THAC (Troy Has a Camera), that chronicles the disappearance of Alex Kralie and his friend Jay's attempt to find him. They are pursued by the Slenderman-like entity known as The Operator.

    This film, Always Watching, was not made by the THAC team but rather by a writer and director who have previous credits in more recent, mainstream horror. It does supposedly take place in the same world as the MH series.

    Anyone who isn't familiar with the series might like this film a lot more than I did. You certainly don't have to be to watch the movie, it stands on it's own. But even then you might be rolling your eyes at the same found-footage clichés the film falls back on.

    If you've seen other FF movies, aside from a few unique spins here and there, you've seen it all before. It doesn't do anything particularly well, but it's not terribly bad either. It really just reeks of mediocrity. The film follows a group of reporters who are doing a story on house foreclosure. When they stumble upon a box of tapes in a mysteriously furnished but abandoned house, they discover that the family had been stalked and tormented by The Operator, played by the famous Doug Jones.

    I'm absolutely mystified as to why Jones was involved in this project, because the director absolutely wasted his talent. I consider Doug a king in horror, he's an amazing creature actor that totally could have killed it as The Operator, but the director just decides to reduce him to standing and teleporting, and an occasional flick of the wrist. Doug does a great job with what he's given, but seeing how he's a perfect fit for a Slenderman character, I'm almost angry they didn't use him more. Wasted potential.

    The other actors actually do very well considering this isn't a huge-budget Hollywood flick. Their characters, however, aren't as compelling. The writer definitely tried to give them some emotion and character, and it shows, but ultimately it never really goes anywhere and you're just waiting around for them to die. Seeing as the Marble Hornets series characters are fantastically written, I would expect more.

    The movie isn't terribly scary. It has some tense moments, a few good jump scares, but it really loses it's steam about halfway through when it starts getting boring and repetitive.

    Fans of the series will be thoroughly disappointed with the general direction of the movie. I'm not sure if the director and writer were fans of the show before they made the movie, one would assume and hope, but they really miss the mark and fail to see what makes the series so special. The film was focused too much on action and scares and not about building atmosphere and a good mystery. It's a 90 minute movie, so I understand not having too much time to do that, but they could have made an effort considering it's supposed to be tied to the series.

    The biggest mistake they made was The Operator itself. They simply made too many changes from the series to how it acts. In the series, The Operator's motives and goals remain incredibly unclear. It never seems to want to kill or harm the characters, but rather torment them and drive them insane. It's never really implied that any of the characters are under control of the Operator at any point in the series. In the movie, however, it's made incredibly clear that all The Operator wants to do is possess and kill the characters after "marking" them. (Which is another pointless and stupid addition to the mythos, separating it further from the series. Why add that in? There was never any branding of the (x) symbol in the series.) Why he made these changes to the mythos mystifies me, because this is supposedly set in the same universe as the series. Watching it alongside the series, however, would be difficult due to the large amount of differences in how The Operator acts.

    To me, it seems like the writer or director wanted to make a Slenderman fan film, but wanted it to gain a little more attention and traction, so he got THAC (they were supposedly consulted) and Doug involved but then went off on his own and did his own thing. I think MH deserves a bit better from a feature length "Hollywood" film.

    The only redeeming parts to fans of the series will be the callouts to it. There are two distinct references to Marble Hornets that fans will be grinning at, these saved the movie from being a complete disaster to me.

    From a found footage standpoint, this isn't the worst I've ever seen. It follows most of the same conventions of every other small- budget FF movie. But fans of the series will be sorely let down.
  • Always Watching is another addition to the preponderance of found footage movies within the horror genre. I was getting tired of this gimmick a good number of years ago, but it obviously isn't going anywhere...and when it works it actually does end up leading to some worthwhile movies. This one is a bit of a loose take on the internet-created Slenderman trope, arguably the first entirely crowd sourced urban legend. The antagonist is referred to as The Operator rather than Slenderman, though the parallels are transparent. In this movie the antagonist only shows up on camera and a news crew working on a story about a family that disappeared happens across home videos that they are scouring for any information regarding the disappearance. The cameraman begins experiencing some encounters that have him (and his coworkers) questioning his sanity and he begins taking his video camera with him everywhere he goes. Though the human naked eye doesn't seem to he capable of seeing The Operator, the camera man's dog seems to see it just fine. I won't bother with drawing any correlations between this movie and the Marble Hornets' short films, because there isn't really a whole hell of a lot that actually connects them beyond the use of the name The Operator in place of Slenderman. There isn't anything new or really inspired in this movie to set it apart from other found footage titles, though it does have some good tense moments and a few decent jump scares. If you're looking for a creepier, more unnerving Slenderman experience, I would recommend playing the video game Slender: The Arrival, which has both a better atmosphere and more effective jump scares (in addition to being interactive, which is quite a bit more immersive). The movie isn't horrible, and the acting is pretty good for the sort of low budget found footage movie it it isn't a waste of time to watch. But if you are looking for something that might be actually scary or really interesting I would recommend waiting for the upcoming CreepyPasta movie directed by Clive Barker. I suspect that his treatment of the Slenderman story will be be far superior.
  • So I ran across two movies that seemed pretty similar; this and The Levenger Tapes. They're both found footage and I decided to go with this one first, after reading some reviews and seeing this also had a YouTube series, I figured it would be the better of the two. After watching them both, I highly recommend the Levenger Tapes over this. I found this pretty boring and started falling asleep at the end. This just didn't add anything new to the found footage genre. The whole "evil entity only visible through a camera" has already been done, so nothing exciting here. There's not really anything in particular that makes the movie awful, but nothing makes it entertaining either. Just overall boring with a played out premise.
  • I want to start off by saying I watch a TON of horror movies, a new horror movie each night. I also never watched the "Marble Hornet" series on YouTube therefore I thought this movie was a lot of fun to watch. I never get scared in horror movies but this movie did make me jump a few times, which is rare these days (possibly watching this late at night helped as well). The director has produced a lot of other great horror movies so he knows what he's doing. The director also said this movie was in reference to slender man, I thought the idea was new and fresh. There aren't many slender man movies. As far as the first person shooting I thought it was well done. I don't think this movie deserves so many bad reviews. If you like horror movies and you're looking for a good movie to sit back and watch I really recommend this one.
  • I'll mention first that while I've heard of the Marble Hornets series, I went into this film with only a small notion of the slenderman mythos, as I've never watched any of the Marble Hornets videos. So this movie will be rated and reviewed as a standalone, from someone with no background in Marble Hornets.

    "Always Watching" certainly didn't redefine the FF genre, although it at least had an excellent built-in explanation as to why the cameras continue to role even once things get bad. The editing, especially for the first 30 mins of the movie is pretty bad, as another person noted. That improved quite a bit in the second half of the movie IMO. I recognized all the leads, from one show or another, and they did well, though their characters weren't really fleshed out, and some of the dialogue was kinda lame. The premise was good, but the payoff wasn't really there. I see what they tried to do, they just didn't stick the landing..

    Is this movie scary? Not really. You pretty much spend almost all of the movie looking the for the guy to show up lol. Maybe I missed him in a cpl scenes, but I thought he was kinda under-used... So much creep factor there, why not use it? But I was, admittedly, quite engaged with the movie throughout, and it gave my nerves a lil jolt from time to time.

    I wish they had gotten more into why this stuff was going on, how it was going on, etc. All and all, I wouldn't pay much money to see it, I'm sure it will land on Netflix eventually. But if you like FF, or slenderman stuff, you may enjoy it.
  • Positives: Fast forwarding. Negatives: 1. Opening credits Anchor Bay distributors, known for cheap. 2. More shaky camera - I thought that technique had run its course and died years ago. 3. Journalist investigates foreclosed or abandoned homes to show what people leave behind. Boring except of course there's one house that the inhabitants seem to have vanished. Well, that plot has been done many times. And, to borrow further there is the customary box of video tapes that our journalist (and, of course, tag-along camera man) get to investigate for clues. At least that goes a small way toward explaining why there's a camera following everyone around. 4. Now for the supposedly scary part - there are a few times (mostly toward the end of course) of three or so seconds (much longer and you'll break out laughing) where some guy with a piece of cloth over his head (see photo) stands in the background. That's it. Well, someone dies (gee, who would have guessed) but it's a pretty nondescript death. 5. End of story. Not scary unless you're six. Recent alternative, if looking for someone dying, is "Faults" - a bit more intelligent.
  • First thing about this movie that was a huge turnoff was the first person camcorder view. Who came up with this lame way of filming a movie? Who in real life walks around with a video recorder? I think a warning should be printed on the box stating that the entire movie is filmed using a video recorder. For those like myself can save the 4 dollars to rent this garbage. If I knew the movie was filmed this way I never would have rented it. Boring story over all. Terrible acting. Nothing about this movie made me want to suggest others see it. I couldn't wait for it to end. Only thing scary was how movie was filmed and the acting.
  • Apparently "Marble Hornets" the long-feature film is based on a series that can only be seen on You Tube. Personally I didn't know this series existed… No wait, let me rephrase that, personally I didn't even know there existed series that can only be seen on You Tube! Anyways, the series revolves on a fictional character referred to as Slender Man – although for legal reasons here re-baptized into 'The Operator' – who is a type of boogeyman-for-the-cyber-generation and appears in sinister internet videos rather than underneath your bed. The bad news, however, is that "Marble Hornets" is also one of those dreadful Found-Footage horror movies, which means that the hand-held camera-work is horrendous (and, no, it's not adding any atmosphere or suspense), the characters are underdeveloped and over- the-top hysterical most of the time and that the film ends suddenly and abrupt without any type of proper explanation. Sara and Milo are a not-so professional duo of news reporters, sharing a brief but uncomfortably awkward love history, are following around a team of evictors for a human-interest documentary. They enter a rather nice and well-decorated middle-class family house where the residents cleared rushed out of unforeseen and in a hurry. They stumble upon a pile of family videos and discover that the father became gradually paranoid – and righteously so – because he always spotted a sinister figure observing his family from a distance. This perpetrator can only be seen through the lens of a camera and pretty soon he's also stalking Sara, Milo and their obnoxious supervisor Charlie. If you disregard the connection with the Internet series, "Marble Hornets: The Operator" is an incredibly mundane and forgettable movie. The only remotely interesting added value in the script is the unhealthy relationship between the lead protagonists. For example, Sara and Charlie learn about the existence of The Operator when they stumble upon Milo's private videos in which he's stalking Sara. Both the appearance and the background story of The Operator aren't very interesting or scary, and he honestly doesn't do a whole lot apart from discretely standing in the background. If there ever was a movie that is suitable for Found-Footage fanatics only, it must be this one.
  • First of all to the moron who wants to spell stupid (s-t-o-o-p-i-d), get a life (or dictionary). Don't whine to people in your review about (sic) stoopid editing and then--for whatever reason--turn around and misspell the word. But I digress.

    I found "Always Watching" on On-Demand. Since it didn't cost an arm and a leg (only $3.99), I thought I'd give it a try. As it began, it tended to drag just a little bit, and the viewer may think "here we go again" with the found footage premise, which has just about been beaten to death along with that proverbial horse.

    It seems a family has mysteriously disappeared and, rumour has it, they were driven away by a mysterious man soon to be known as "The Watcher." Trouble is, it seems this man only turns up on camera. Three journalists are given the task of going through many reels of film trying to find some connection and, viola, they find...something.

    As stated before, the found-footage genre is about as overdone as the Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Saw series. This one, which I think pays homage to "Sinister," is a cut above most. I thought the editing was what sold the picture for me. Again, this movie proves you don't have to have a screen awash with blood to scare people. In fact, I don't really know why this is rated R. It could have easily been PG- 13. Angus Scrimm (of "Phantasam" fame) make a brief appearance as a mentally disturbed patient.

    I thought "Always Watching" would make for a fun viewing for a sleep- over for ages 12 and up. Rated "R" for language. It's what you don't see that scares you. Recommended.
  • Alright. Is this a perfect adaptation of the web series? No, not exactly. There's a lot changed, none of the original characters are present, and some of the lore of The Operator has been changed and warped to fit the story of the film.

    And that is completely fine.

    Marble Hornets the Web Series, for those who are not aware of it, is a horror/thriller series that spans the length of roughly five years. That's a lot of content, and, if everything were followed to the letter, would be hard to translate into a full length movie. A lot of it would be condensed or even completely removed, which as we all know, does. not. work. (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Percy Jackson, etc.)

    So, the filmmakers took a bold step and just... wrote their own thing. But it works. Yes, they changed the lore of what the symbol means. Yes, they changed how the operator works. But it all works in favor of the story that is being told.

    It's well acted, well shot, and the editing is pretty decent. It's something I've gone back and watched, more than once, and I find little things every time. I would highly recommend it.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This is a hand held camera film. Three reporters snooping through a foreclosed home discover home movies and watch them. The family was pestered by Fauno (Doug Jones) with a nylon (see DVD cover) who can only be seen through a camera lens. Dad (Michael Bunin) becomes obsessed and has the house rigged with cameras everywhere to detect the unseen intruder. Soon the reporters who film everything inherit our near scary Slender Man who follow them around. Oh yea, they get a mark too.

    Typical hand-held stuff. Nothing worth watching until the last 10 minutes and then the camera jerks around too much to get a decent shot. Never got any of the bad stuff: ground cam, shoe cam, black screen cam, green screen cam or inside a tent "what is that" cam. The camera wasn't too jerky, unfortunately the story wasn't that great and Milo (Chris Marquette) proved to be annoying for the audience too. No explanation really offered.

    Guide: F-bomb. Implied sex. No nudity.
  • An average found footage film. It was not good and not bad, watchable.
  • Did the creators of this movie just go, "We'll get permission to do a 'spinoff' of Marble Hornets, loosely 'borrow' their Slenderman-type villain's name and symbol, make a couple blink-and-you'll-miss-them references to the web series... and that way, we won't get too much crap for trying to make our own Slenderman found-footage move."

    Because that plan totally backfired. This is not a Marble Hornets story. They totally screwed up how the Operator works, and with the exception of one tiny reference to the Alex Kralie character, this movie has nothing to do with Marble Hornets canon.

    What would've been better is if they'd gotten Joe and Tim to write an actual Marble Hornets movie, and still kept Doug Jones as the Operator.
  • I like this movie. The story is great, the acting is good, the characters are good too, and The Slender Man/ The Operator is fantastic! People don't know that this movie is not like Marble Hornets, it's BASED on it and it's different, like for example:
    • The Slender Man is completely invisible unless you look through a video camera that is recording, but he makes it scramble when he's near.
    • The Operator symbols are used for signels not only that hes faceless, but signs of The Slender Man has been there or stalking you into paranoia.
    • When the slender man marks you with the symbol, it means that you're going to die or gonna be taking by him without a trace.

    I like this movie. Doug Jones does a great job as The Slender Man/The Operator. The design is actually pretty accurate to describe slender man, I still like the design from the new movie, because he's more monstrous and his suit is all part of his whole flesh and body, and tree-like.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Not familiar with the Marble Hornets web series, I took a chance on "Always Watching," not particularly expecting much. It's my personal opinion that probably 80 of horror flicks are just plain bad, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one, as the story is good, the acting commendable and directing very adept.

    My main beef was that, like so many horror movies, the characters have this "we can't go to the cops, they'll never believe us" mentality. This is sorta explained away when one of the earlier victims went to law enforcement and was pretty much laughed out of the police station with his story. However, later in the movie, the three main characters have plenty of video evidence and still didn't seek help from the authorities. I think that if they had, the story still could've proceeded just fine, and the entire premise would've been more believable.

    I'm more than willing to find more movies by this director
  • Warning: Spoilers
    I do love a found footage horror and while I've heard of the Marble Hornets series, I went into this pretty blind on the slenderman front. Whether that is why I enjoyed it so much (seeing all the bad reviews) but it was fast paced, creepy and had a pretty good story, what was not to like?

    Following a small news team inspecting repossessed house, they come across a box of video tapes and sense a story. After watching the tapes, they soon realize the family wasn't pushed out by the banks, but by a faceless figure that can only be seen by a camera lens.

    While the slenderman to me isn't that scary when you actually see him, the glimpses and cut jump shots you get of him were very effective.

    Seemingly if you're a Marble Hornets fan you won't particularly like this movie, if you aren't you'll probably dig it like me.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    No intentional spoilers.

    A little backstory: Marble Hornets is the name of a YouTube channel with found footage "episodes" based around the Slenderman mythos. The YouTube series felt like a student film or just a hobby project, but I found it entertaining and interesting. This movie, if I understand right, is based on that series but not a part of it. I don't see mention of the creators of the YouTube channel as a part of this project, but it felt very similar in experience.

    The premise was decent: A figure with a featureless face wearing a black suit can only be seen using a camera and follows people. Weird and bad things happen. Beyond that, there's no real meat to the story and it's not nearly as scary as it could be.

    The acting was not bad at all. I was pleasantly surprised by the performances.

    For a found footage based film, I think they did a great job of editing it down so you didn't get too bored watching it. I did get tired of the scenes where the characters were just yelling at each other, though.

    My biggest complaint were the Slenderman related scenes. The original, incredibly low budget YouTube series looked better and felt scarier! That being the bulk of the reason for and entertainment value of the movie, it's unacceptable that it was so poorly done. I could get past it because I like these kinds of stories and movies, but I don't think a lot of people will be as forgiving. It's basically a monster movie where the monster takes a backseat which is why I think fans of the Slenderman mythos and horror movies in general may be disappointed in this movie. I think people who like the Paranormal Activity movies will get some entertainment out of this, but if that's not your thing, this movie probably isn't for you.
  • The Plot

    A small town news team discovers a box of video tapes.

    On the 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.

    Disjointed movie with OK acting.

    But a really stoopid found footage story that becomes a bit compelling except that the worst editing job on the planet earth ruins the entire movie.

    The red headed reporter has big teats.
  • I am a huge Marble Hornets fan and this was nothing like it. It was like reading the Percy Jackson books before seeing the movies... this is just my opinion though and i'm not hating on the makers or the movie its just not what i expected i guess. And if you like the movie that good for you i guess. I was also really confused because the names of the characters i didn't recognize and i know most of their names. (Alex, Jay, Tim/Masky, Brian/hoodie, Seth, the Operator and Jessica) if i missed any other characters i blame it on my really short term memory. So if your a MH fan and you are thinking about watching it then don't. If you want to check it out for yourself then go head but I didn't in joy the movie.
  • Trying to develop a news story, a reporter and her crew intending to follow up a recent spate of home foreclosures instead stumbles upon a strange unseen supernatural spectre following them and must try to solve the mystery of his appearance before it's too late.

    For the most part this one here isn't really all that interesting or enjoyable. What really holds this one down is the fact that like so many other films of it's ilk the whole thing being presented as a found-footage effort really underscores so much of what's going on in this one. Forcing itself into all the usual trappings with this style gives this one such a rather bland and tired feel here where it's pretty heavily flawed just by the general sense of familiarity runs rampant throughout here. This one isn't all that original or creative in the genre and really doesn't do much to really differentiate itself from the usual tropes associated here by constantly failing to focus on something that should be front-and- center in the main part of the frame, getting way too many shots that wouldn't occur unless someone was specifically trying to make a film of this caliber on purpose as well as the ever-dreaded scenario of managing to keep filming in scenes where a person's life is in danger which is quite a troubling issue here with this one as this leads into many scenes with utterly troubling and infuriating behavioral choices designed to push the film further along rather than anything to save themselves. The shaking camera that keeps running throughout the film never helps either as there's so many potentially amazing scenes ruined by the inability to properly tell what's happening during the action. Still, the root cause of the film's problems lie in the fact that this one just doesn't have any real fear or terror in its lead. If there was no mention of who he was in the film's promo materials you wouldn't know who he was in the film proper as it never explains who he was, how he came into being and why he's targeting the troupe here makes for a series of questions about what's going on with this one as there's nothing given here about that main villain which just takes so much fear out of this one. Lastly, the film's pacing is so off here that it seems to take forever in setting up an encounter or attack by the mysterious figure yet it breezes by without much difficulty in that it manages to remain watchable despite nothing happening at all as it seems to focus a lot more on simply getting them to yell and argue with each other over his sanity rather than showing why it's deserved or even setting up chilling encounters on its own. This results in a large discrepancy here with the pacing really being another big factor holding this one down. There's a few solid parts to it, as the central idea gleamed from what's going on with the killer is a solid core idea of a mysterious being tormenting a group of friends, and how it goes about delivering some solid action in the later half where they get targeted at the house and later on in the cabin refuse which are somewhat chilling and creepy set-ups here. Still, this one has too many problems to really generate much else.

    Rated R: Violence and Language.
  • begob6 December 2015
    When a news team documenting mortgage foreclosures stumbles across the mysterious disappearance of a family, they take videotapes from the abandoned home, unaware that by watching the tapes they invite into their lives a creepy stalker who can only be seen through the camera lens.

    Another found footage horror with shaky cam that is a little overdone, especially when the framing veers wide of the centre. The establishment of the characters is not great, the acting is OK - although the best performance comes in the aftermath - and the pacing doesn't settle down until the last act. The second act is mostly a poorly judged single-hander as the camera man figures out the stalker is present in his unfeasibly large home, at which point he does lots of stupid things that blew away my suspension of disbelief. Yes, I was cursing at the screen.

    Another complaint is over the reliance on shouting and fighting to generate tension, which was just annoying. Also I question the judgement of having the dog in the movie, or at least this dog, because his tail is always wagging merrily!

    However, when the characterisation sets in this turns out to be a good story, with something to say about the darkness within us. Each of the three leads has a weakness that can't be controlled, and the stalker probably reflects that part of the human condition. Lots of mirror images are used, along with screens within the screen, and that really helps to fill out the concept of a mysterious entity that is coming to get us all. A bleak message, but well delivered in the end.

    There's no music, just background hiss and static.

    Overall - all's well that ends well, except when they make me curse.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Oh No....There's a guy in the camera, and he keeps popping in and out of view. He is like a poltergeist who haunts video cameras. Then he leaves these cult marks on people's skin to show that he has claimed them to haunt. He is like a demon, but also a ghost, and also a spook. The moments of suspense are too much to take. The ghost is too scary to actually look at the screen. He is just a guy in a suit....but he has like no face or something....There's something mysterious. But, the camera guy, he secretly follows the girl around and stalks her. Then he says he loves her. Then there is this guy in the camera...but the guy takes his camera's connected I think.
  • This movie may resonate more to those who are familiar with Slenderman or Marble Hornets web series, practically anyone who has interest in internet creepypastas. The transition for cinema uses hit-and-miss medium of found footage, but at least it justifies them to constantly carry cameras. It's nothing much from usual found footage cliché and for what it's worth, it may be mildly amusing when it runs its course.

    A group of journalists investigates abandoned houses to document foreclosure process. They find a collection of tapes in one of the houses, which display a sort of haunting entity. Soon this lanky ghostly man starts to haunt them as well. Underneath the suit and modern gimmicks, the movie is pretty much mediocre haunting, only extensively recorded.

    It presents the usual tension with dark corners and lingering object that may or may not be present. There's an effort to bring more tech stuff as parts of tension, yet it's no more than Grave Encounters and the likes have done. In some scenes it can get pretty immersive and intense, although these instances are too brief and certainly not that many.

    Flaws that have plagued this subgenre are unfortunately here and they are clearer than the flickering apparition. It's all too common when the situation escalates, characters would scream at the same time to emulate real life debacle. Filmmakers should know by now that it's very overwhelming and unappealing to have first person perspective of bickering, and this movie does it in excess.

    Cumbersome shots, particularly slow motion and a couple of jittery scenes are expected although not exactly welcomed. It may work as popcorn flick, but the stale use of the subgenre doesn't invoke much fascination.
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