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Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story (2015)

R | | Horror | 7 April 2015 (USA)
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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.

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James Moran

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Ian Shorr (screenplay), Joseph DeLage (web series "Marble Hornets") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Breckenridge ... Sara
Chris Marquette ... Milo Burns
Jake McDorman ... Charlie MacNeel
Doug Jones ... The Operator
Michael Bunin ... Dan Wittlocke
Alexandra Holden ... Rose Wittlocke
Morgan Bastin ... Tara Wittlocke (as Morgan E. Bastin)
Elizabeth Payne ... Barbara Sellers
Damon Gupton ... Leonard Herring
Tim Seitter Tim Seitter ... Dean
Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Gary Rockwell
Rick Otto ... Sheriff Lee Dylan
David Pevsner ... Kyle
Kathryn Gordon ... Makaela
Cynthia Murell ... Mary - Dancing Girl
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Storyline

On the hunt for an intriguing news story, a small-town news team follows a crew inspecting repossessed houses. Inside a particularly strange house, the news team discovers a box of video tapes inside a locked closet. Sensing a story, they decide to take them back to their studio. From the tapes, they learn that the family who had lived in the house was not pushed out by the banks, but fled the house in fear for their lives. Trying to decode the story, the crew keeps seeing a faceless figure dressed in a dark suit appear in the footage that causes the videotape to scramble. Their fear mounts when this figure, The Operator as he is deemed, starts to appear in their real lives, standing quietly and always watching them. Tortured and terrorized, the three crew members must track down the mystery of The Operator before it's too late.

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Taglines:

You shouldn't have looked.

Genres:

Horror

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Rated R for some violence. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Operator See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$714,058
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Production for the film was brought to a halt after two instances of youth violence relating to the "slender man" myth appeared in headlines. See more »

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Spun-off from Marble Hornets (2009) See more »

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Average found footage, with all its antics and flaws
28 July 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

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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