The Empty Man

The Empty Man ★★★★

Daily Horror Hunt #42 (December 2021) 6/31
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I had recently heard good things about The Empty Man and was eager to see it. Before watching this film, I knew nothing about it except that it was based on a comic book and that the film had no marketing when it was released in theaters. I'm glad that I finally saw it because it was awesome. The Empty Man is a solid film in my opinion. My favorite aspect of this film is the atmosphere, as it is extremely atmospheric. Both Lustmord (First Reformed) and Christopher Young's (Hellraiser) music contribute significantly to the film's atmospheric tone. The film's sinister and eerie tone is palpable. This movie has a lot of scenes that give me the chills.

The production values are excellent, and the cinematography is visually stunning. I thought the story about an urban legend (most likely inspired by Slenderman) being linked to a deadly cult was fascinating. James Badge Dale (The Departed) and the other actors do a good job with their performances. I don't want to give anything away about the story because there are some really cool surprises in it. I recommend going into this film with no prior knowledge of it, as I did.

The run time was my least favorite aspect of The Empty Man.
The movie feels long (in a bad way), with some scenes that drag on and on. It makes me wonder if a TV miniseries would have worked instead, seeing that they try to fit so much into one film. Having said that, I'm glad I finally got around to seeing it. Given Fox/Disney's desire to forget about it, a home video release is unlikely anytime soon.

Overall, The Empty Man is an underappreciated gem and a comic book film adaptation that hardly gets made. If you have the opportunity, I recommend checking it out. Rating: 8.5/10

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