The Marble Hornets movie has been a long time coming, and now that it’s finally about to hit theaters officially, NMR was given the chance to watch the movie much to our delight and horror.
The latest chapter in “Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story” follows local news cameraman Milo and his crew as they unravel the story of a family gone missing from what appears to be an Slender/Operator-related incident. True to its roots, the film utilizes a combination of found-footage, surveillance camera footage, and footage from Milo’s camera to craft a whole new world of terror. For Milo, all of his troubles begin the minute he sees the Operator on a family tape, and it doesn’t end until a full 90 minutes later.
Unlike its web series predecessor, the video distortion effects seem more finely polished, but still fit well with the film. The film’s production team did an amazing job building tension with each shot without the movie becoming a game of ‘spot the slender’. The cast is phenomenal, with Alexandra Breckenridge of “American Horror Story” fame playing local reporter Sara, Chris Marquett acting as the film’s protagonist, Milo, and Jake McDorman playing the new guy in charge, Charlie.
What’s even better is that famed character actor Doug Jones plays the Operator himself, adding a whole new level of terror through his finely tuned mannerisms from his years of experience playing creatures such as the Fawn in “Pan’s Labyrinth” and Abe in “Hellboy”. This is also the boldest I’ve ever seen the Operator behave, making him more dangerous and prevalent than ever before.
There’s also a few great little throwbacks to the series peppered in for fans as well — be sure to keep an eye out for those “Alex Kralie” missing posters which tie the series and the film together.