Like it says in the title, I’m really not sure what I’m talking about today so this will probably go a little where did all of this come from I swear there wasn’t a giraffe in my bag when I packed it!
After writing the post asking if anyone thought that Slendy could be successfully brought into the relm of books I began trolling the piss out of a friend of mine because she’s easy to freak out. So I decided to try writing the project I mentioned.
I’ve been noticing weird things lately, the trees are watching me. OK, no this isn’t turning into a slenderblog, I just felt like writing that. It got me thinking though, what makes for good horror? Here’s the top five things that I’ve come up with.
5) Group Fear – One of my favorite things to do with the slenderblogs is to read/watch them with my friends and see there reactions. It’s great to watch one of them freak out when something big happens like the Thin Duke going after the main character(s). An audience feeds off of its own fear even across the internet and the fear builds and readers get this great kind of freaked out that later readers miss out on to some degree. Horror movies in theaters are great because of the other audience members also reacting.
4) Monsters in Odd Places/ Times – The Faceless Fellow can and has shown up at any time of day in just about any area. Sure water is supposed to drive him off and supposedly he can’t see anyone above about the second story as human, but he did peek in that window in Marble Hornets and he is always surrounded by fog. Monsters are expected to show up in the dead of night, possibly while it’s raining cats and dogs, so putting them out in full day light especially if they’re not being used for a cat scare works great.
3) Backstory – Mr. Happy has tons of backstory, mostly built by the internet hivemind and then polished by the slenderblogers. It’s been built upon by hundreds of people since that first picture appeared on Something Awful and there’s enough variation to make it feel very much like one of the urban legends that have been around forever, like Bloody Mary or the thing that lives under the hill. It’s creepy and leaves a reader wondering what is being left out and what could be worse.
2) Ambiguity – We don’t even know what Slender Man is exactly, but like the Blair Witch before him we get freaked out by him. What is he? What does he want? Why is he here? Are we making him stronger by writing about him? If so, why do we keep writing about him? With the Blair Witch, the audience never sees her only what she does to the film makers. Or before that even, Psycho has Norman Bates’ mother who dotes on him so much that she murders the woman who stays in the motel, but she’s been dead the whole time. People fear the unknown, so it only makes sense that the unknown would make for good horror.
1) Character Reactions – One of the biggest things that makes The Tall Guy terrifying in Marble Hornets is the way everyone reacts to him. He’s just standing there slendering around, but Jay is flipping his shit over it because holy cow it’s going to take me away and eat my soul/eyes/memories. Masky gets to attack people just about every time he’s shown, but the Gentleman in the Suit seldom attacks directly. Which one has people training cameras on themselves and running for their lives?
That’s what I’ve been able to think up. What do you guys think? What makes you jump when things go bump in the night?