Have You Seen the YouTube Horror Film?

As the internet continues to evolve, there are going to be new and effective ways to tell stories that haven’t even been thought of yet. The concept of a YouTube horror serial seems like a “oh, duh” idea after you’ve thought of it, but YOU didn’t go out and try it did you?

I’m sure there are a few examples of this concept in execution out there, but I recently discovered one of the best ones out there, a series of videos called “Marble Hornets,” which Roger Ebert called “remarkably well done.”

It follows the story of a guy whose film student friend started acting irrationally and moved away, leaving one of his projects unfinished. His friend is now sifting through his tapes, trying to figure out exactly what happened, and things begin to escalate in his own life as he starts to unravel the mystery.

Each video is anywhere from thirty seconds to eight minutes long. The series started over a year ago, and is still updated, the last video posted a week ago. I’d say it’s in need of some editing, as it’s already long enough for a full length features, but I have to say it is incredibly addicting, and even though it can be dull at times, I’ll be damned if I didn’t spend about two hours watching the whole thing last night. Only near the very end do you start to get ANY hint of what might possibly be going on, and I have to say, this is creepier than most commercial horror films released today. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it get an actual film adaptation someday.

Alright, I’ve pulled the first ten videos to get your started below, and after that, I’ll point you in the direction of the rest. Happy hunting.



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Watch the rest at the Marble Hornets YouTube page here.


  • Howeird

    Started watching this last week. Crazy fun stuff. Worth watching ALL the segments

  • Dezmond

    Been watching it for a while, great series, you also have to see the totheark videos found here http://www.youtube.com/totheark

    They are responses from a character that appears later on the videos.

  • MajorTool

    I was apart of the starting of this… it all started from slinder man. We on Something Awful were making fake paranormal pictures in hopes they might get picked up and taken as real. Slinderman was the baby of this.
    ce_gars a member of the site and film student decided to make some short films using the idea.

  • Frothy_Ham

    F**K THIS S**T!!!

    I’m tired of being a grown ass 27 year old man who is kept up at night because of Slenderman. I watched almost all of these in the course of 2 days a few months back. I agree that some of them were a little slow, and the “FX” weren’t perfect…but it was enough to make me close the blinds on all the windows in my house at night and hold onto my wife for dear life all night long.

    Stupid interwebz…

  • Oh God this is 11:31PM here and i am alone in home so scary how i continue this :O

    a2z Stuff

  • Aleina

    Jermaine Jackson reveals the darkest secret, Jackson’s family haunted by ghosts.

  • I love Marble Hornets!

    My girlfriend actually got me into this a few months ago.

  • Jennifer

    This is an ARG – Alternate Reality Game – that’s been going on for quite awhile. Here’s the link to the forums where people discuss it. http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/index.php?f=248 And here’s a wiki to help.. http://marblehornets.wikidot.com/start There’s twitter accounts for the characters too…

  • Anon

    Don’t watch them in this order. Watch them in the order at the bottom of this page: http://marblehornets.wikidot.com/the-entries

  • Breasna

    I’ve gone through a ton of these in the last day, how had I not heard of this??