So I’ve known about the Marble Hornets YouTube series for a long time, and I did watch the majority of it a long, long time ago. I’ve jumped back onto the Slenderman bandwagon after a long time of (needed) absence as the ‘fandom’ got a little bit too silly. I’m back to review the Marble Hornets series on an episode basis as I want to take an in depth look at the series and how it helped shape the Slenderman myth into what it is today.
Marble Hornets documents a timeline of events relating to the Slenderman myth from the Something Awful forums back in 2009. The series has spawned many copies of the idea that differ in concept and story, but Marble Hornets is the one everyone goes to when Slenderman is mentioned (aside from the few that go to the game Slender.)
Watch the Introduction here:
Warning: This review may contain spoilers.
We start the video with shots of driving, someone is driving to who-knows-where. There’s no music, no speaking, just sounds of a car in motion. It’s already a little odd, and definitely different. We’re unsure whether the location has anything to do with the events in the timeline, but that should be revealed in later videos whether it is relevant or indeed just general driving footage. Overlaid onto the aforementioned shots, we see text that describes what has happened to the uploader of the video (who, from some background research is named Jay) and his friend, Alex Kralie.
We learn from the information given, that Alex Kralie was in the process of creating a short film titled Marble Hornets in 2006. Filming was stopped midway due to what is described as ‘unworkable conditions’ at a filming location that was close to Alex’s home. After this incident, Alex became a shut in and no longer wanted anything to do with the tapes and footage he had shot. Jay, the uploader, obtained the tapes after Alex had told him to ‘burn them.’ From here, Jay claims that he doesn’t want to ‘waste’ Alex’s work and keeps the footage to look through despite the anguish over something that could have happened on set. If someone told me, after becoming a shut in, to burn something that put them in that position, I don’t think I’d go rummaging. The tapes are said to be unnumbered and unmarked with no timestamps but all took place in the Summer of 2006. Things are a little bit fishy, and don’t make much sense, but I pushed on.
After obtaining the tapes from Alex, Jay notes that his friend transferred schools and was never heard from again. I want to know why these tapes are such an issue for this guy (though I kind of already know), so I’m already wanting to push on to the next episode, where hopefully, I understand why Jay took the tapes into his own hands.
The introduction is nothing special, and just gives general information into the beginnings of the event timeline. You figure that things will get better as you continue to watch the series, but the introduction is crucial to the story. You do have to watch it along with doing a little bit of background research just to get the general idea of why and what is going on, but it’s worth getting into it if you’re a fan of the Slederman trope. After the introduction, we are to look forward to raw footage submissions of what was found on Alex’s tapes and the subsequent research into what is going on, and why. The way everything has been put together really works for the style of this series, it’s quickly done with as little information as necessary to keep you interested in the story itself. I would definitely recommend that you give Marble Hornets a go from the beginning, as it’s a creative, innovative YouTube series featuring a unique monster. So, until the next entry I review, I give the introduction 3 skulls out of 5 (☠☠☠.)