Movie Review: Slender Man (2018)

Synopsis: Trying to entertain themselves during a sleepover, four friends visit a website and attempt to summon the mythical demon Slender Man. They believe their efforts are a failure until one of them goes missing and the remaining three begin to slowly lose their minds.

Who's in it? The movie stars Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso and Taylor Richardson.

Review: I recorded this film off of a movie channel a couple weeks ago and immediately forgot it was saved to our DVR. I rediscovered it last night and, since my wife and I have both been craving a horror film, decided to watch it.

To tell you the truth, I didn't have high expectations for this film, mostly because it was only rated PG-13 and everyone knows horror films are rarely scary if they don't have at least an R rating. But, I held out hope that it would manage to surprise me. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a pretty big flop in my book.

The problem with this movie is there is really nothing about it that sets it apart from every other film involving a demon being summoned. This makes the movie way too predictable and, because of that predictability, it is actually kind of dull, especially since there was a lot more build-up in the movie than actual action.

It doesn't help that the cast of characters just don't seem very believable. Basically, there were times in this movie when I felt the girls' dialog was being written by a childless middle-aged man who was just guessing at the things teenage girls talk about when they are alone and, the rest of the time, I found I simply did not care about any of them or what happened to them. That's never a good thing in horror films.

My biggest pet peeve about this movie, however, had to be the reason why they attempted to summon him in the first place. Not only was it something that has been done before, the fact he is rumored to kidnap people or drive them insane isn't exactly something I would describe as incentive to prove his existence. In comparison, if he had been rumored to grant wishes or help people get revenge on those who wronged them, then their interest would have made a lot more sense and potentially could have made the film better.

Final Opinion: Other than the name and appearance of the supernatural entity, there was nothing that set this film apart from other similar movies and it just wasn't enjoyable as a result. I'd recommend skipping this one if you are thinking about watching it.

My Grade: F


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