Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 22 – Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story

For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them. I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay. Let’s get to work.

Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story (2015)

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.

I’ll answer the obvious question first.  Marble Hornets is a web series from YouTube and this is an adaptation of one of their episodes which was inspired by the “Slender Man” story.  It’s a long way to go just to arrive at Slender Man found footage.  What it adds to that base story is the Operator can only be seen using a camera.  There has to be a reason to film to shut up assholes in the audience, that works well enough.  The Operator is played by Doug Jones who normal is working heavy prosthesis or twisting his body in some unnatural way.  He’s got an easy time with this.  All he has to do is where a mask that makes him look like he has no face and stand.  We should all be so lucky.  Angus Scrimm also has an extremely brief cameo as an old man in a mental institution.  It was another situation with no make-up needed.  There’s not anything especially notable here.  It’s following the standard found footage formula and it’s being done competently.

That’s it for today.  I’ll have another of these reviews ready tomorrow, but in the meantime if you want some more, listen to us talk about Phantasm on Motion Picture Meltdown.

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