Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story (2015 film)
Always Watching (2015), AKA Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, The Operator, Marble Hornets, Marble Hornets: The Operator
"You shouldn't have looked." 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.
- Release Date: 2015
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror (creepypasta/urban legend), found footage
- Setting: small-town California, Modern era
- Runtime: 1 hr 32 min
- Starring: Alexandra Breckenridge, Chris Marquette, Jake McDorman
- Director: James Moran
- Writer: Ian Shorr (screenplay), Joseph DeLage & Troy Wagner (web series "Marble Hornets")
- Producer/Production Co: Bellevue Productions, Mosaic
- View Trailer: (link)
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- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: R (Violence, Adult Content, Profanity)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone)
The whole "creepypasta" movement is, in many ways, one of the most recent reincarnations of the old pulps as a breeding ground for new ideas, with its shared characters and settings borrowed and reused by amateur writers in straight-faced alleged "real" first-hand accounts of cosmic horror calling back to Lovecraft's original shared universe, with "The Operator" character in many ways resembling a modern-day Cthulhu or Nyarlathotep mixed with a bit of the Hook-Handed Man and Bloody Mary of urban legend, and the videotapes being one of the modern incarnations of the old apocalyptic log diaries and worm-eaten tomes from Gothic and Lovecraftian horror fiction.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Mike Hassler at Destroy the Brain (link) - "There appeared to be no intention here of being an authentic, creepy film based on Marble Hornets — it was just to make a Slender Man flick. Marble Hornets was a means to an end of creating some name recognition and getting the clout to hire real actors and gather up a larger budget. The ending in nonsensical and eye rolling. Not worth another thought. Chalk this up to a missed opportunity and move on."
- Blair Hoyle at Cinema Slasher (link) - " It’s not the freshest idea, nor the most inventive film you’ll see this year, but Always Watching is damn entertaining, and is sure to be worth a watch for fans of Marble Hornets as well as those looking for a Slender Man fix."
Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)
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.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
- deity: Shadowman
- setting: Delta Green
- tomes: stacks of old video tapes and other recordings and photographs