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SlenderArrival

Review By Daniel Kraevyn

Slender: The Arrival – 2013 (Parsec Productions)

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tenpLSKU-9U

I first learned of the Slenderman story last year, and quite perfectly, around Halloween. This started out as an internet urban legend, or “fakelore”, and quickly took off, creating a vast array of fiction, fan-made short stories, short films, even full-length features. What started as a simple Creepypasta submission has become one of the sacriest phenomena I have witnessed in long time.

Many of you might have played the original game: “Slender: the Eight Pages”, and if not, click here  – A reworked version is available here  (Note: this is a constantly changing game, so the original has been improved greatly throughout its life).

The premise of the game is quite simple: run. It takes the simplistic “Pac-Man” formula of having to navigate through an environment while avoiding being “hit” by a ghost-monster. The hook – This isn’t your daddy’s Pac-Man. The player is tasked with collecting eight pages of crayon (or charcoal) drawings, seemingly drawn by children, and while you collect said pages, you are being hunted by a ghostly, malevolent being known only as “the slender man”, an unnaturally tall, slim person, with a completely blank, white face.

One would think this premise would not be very compelling, yet I challenge you to play the game. The atmosphere, the ambiance, the setting… everything about this game evokes oppressive horror, tension, and ever-increasing feelings of terror.
The point of this post is to announce the impending release of a full-length game from the creators of the original Slender: the Eight Pages comes Slender: The Arrival. I have been privileged (and yes, I even donated to the studio) to have access to this beta version, and I simply cannot fully describe how scary this game is. The beta is a re-working of the original Slender game, with enhanced graphics, more intuitive controls, and a grittier, more oppressive atmosphere. You are in the woods, alone, armed only with a flashlight, and your handcam (the viewpoint through which you experience the game).

As I have said previously, this game takes the “Pac-Man” formula and steers it toward the sinister. I am a staunch supporter of all things indy horror – music, movies, and this game is but another reason to support those innovative minds who help progress the intellectual properties of the genre. I highly recommend playing this game, and encourage you to donate to these guys. I have embedded the trailer at the top, and the link to the game’s website is below. It would behoove you to check this game out, and for further study, get on Youtube, and check out Marbel Hornets here; or this fan-made documentary (click here) which was my first introduction to the slender man mythos (I watched this right before I played the original game, and was so engrossed that the game terrified me).
I entreat you one last time to experience this game, and if you like it, support these guys. Indy horror can be absolutely great, and to see these guys take an idea and realize it through independent means, they deserve all the success they get. To go to the website, click here.

Slender: The Arrival releases on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

 

At what point does an actor earn horror status? This is a question I started to deliberate a few days ago following an argument I had with a snotty teenager on a bus.

Now for those who read my previous post, you will be aware of my distaste for public transport. However I persevere and jump on the bus every now and then to avoid having to walk for miles in sub-zero temperatures.

Anyway I was sitting behind these women who were discussing the TV show Dancing on Ice (an indication of their peculiar interests to begin with) and they were talking about Corey Feldman. One of the women asks who he is, to which the other replies she has no idea. I would’ve let it go, until the first woman suggested he may have been a pop singer from the 80’s! At this point I just had to correct them:

“He’s actually a horror actor from the 80’s” I said (careful to include the 80’s part so the woman didn’t feel a complete idiot)

“No he’s not!” came the reply of some snotty young lad beside us “He was in The Goonies”

The two women looked back at me for confirmation. “Yes” I agreed “He was, but he is better known for his horror appearances. That’s what made his career” (and subsequently ended it (lost boys trilogy) but I wasn’t going to admit it to that little shit)

“He’s been in more normal films than horrors” was his response. I felt my anger start to burn as a result of his ignorance. He spoke of horror as if it were abnormal!
“Yes” I agreed again, feeling my voice grow louder “But the highlights of his career are horror movies and any horror fan will tell you that if an actor has appeared in five or more horror films that automatically makes him a horror actor!” (I have no idea where that came from; I was just trying to shut this kid up. But it did make me wonder later on…)
The kid looked as though he was going to snap back when another passenger joined the fray.

“He’s right” she hollered from the back of the bus “Feldman is definitely a horror actor; they’re the only decent things he has been in!”
My ally came in the form of a young gothic teenager sitting with a group of friends who all nodded in agreement. They didn’t look like a group to mess with and I think the snotty kid opposite realised this. All he could manage was “Oh” before turning away.

The conclusion could not have come sooner as my stop approached. Standing up I turned to back of the bus;

“Cheers girls” I waved farewell. I turned back to the two women and said “So if anyone asks who Corey Feldman is you know now”

One of them turned to her friend and asked “Wasn’t he in Dallas?”

I guess some people may have been dropped a few times as a baby…

But I was happy to find the support of fellow horror fanatics in the most obscure places…

It goes to show that, not only do we share similar interests, but we also share camaraderie (Erebus will be impressed – I’m sounding more like him every day)

Anyway, the point of this post was not only to share my experience, but also to raise the question of; ‘What makes a horror actor?”

Do you think it’s a horror movie being the most notable aspect of their career? Or does it relate to the number of horror films they have starred in?

In my opinion, Corey Feldman is definitely a horror actor. Not only has he appeared in the three Lost Boys movies, he also has two Friday the 13th credits, as well as roles in; Gremlins (okay horror might be a stretch…) and Bordello of Blood to name a few (I know there are more, I just can’t remember them off the top of my head… Wasn’t he in a few horror TV shows as well?)

     

Anyway you get my point – Something to consider next time you see a horror actor on-screen!