Entry #2: Alex talks about seeing a weird skinny guy in a business suit who scared his Evil-Detecting Dog, Rocky. Rocky is never heard from or seen again in the entire series. Paranoia Fuel for those of us with pets.
In the second part, during the shot where Jay points out the red tower, look near the pine trees in the left. The Operator was there the whole time.
Entry #6 is one of the briefest, quietest entries in the series, but it gives us our first extended look at the Operator. As if the silent Jump Scare wasn't enough, the Operator has to walk right past the flipping window and stare in at Alex. If the previous entries didn't spook you, then this one sure will.
Entry #7: Staying out of the woods won't keep you safe.
Entry #12: It starts out normal, then there's a sudden burst of distortion. The colors all seem much dimmer and darker than before. Then, at the 46 second mark, the camera turns to show a field. It seems like a Nothing Is Scarier entry, until you realize the Operator has been there the whole time.
Because staring at someone through a window at night isn't creepy enough for Masky, he has to come into Jay's room and watch him. Then Jay disappears completely for three hours. Again, he remembers none of this.
"Return", posted a few days later, very likely shows where Jay went during those three hours.
Alex is exploring some sort of weird, industrial-looking place with Seth, who is filming. Then there's some serious distortion, and Seth drops the camera. He's never seen alive in the series again. The video cuts to a clip of Alex in his house where he claims that he can't remember what happened to Seth. He then reports that everyone involved in the production of Marble Hornets is "gone." Toward the end of the clip, a shadow passes over him.
Entry #56 strongly implies that this boiler room is in the basement of the abandoned hospital where Alex attacked Brian and Tim within the same twenty-four hour period.
In Entry #23, things get really, really weird. As in, the house seems to have turned into an Eldritch Location and time and space are warping.
Not to mention Masky's little peek-a-boo.
The fact that the entire house begins to darken, despite it being daytime, is very unsettling.
As Jay is investigating the boiler room, distorted laughter can be heard for a very brief moment.
WE WILL WAIT FOR YOU NO MORE. CONTROL IS BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU. Shudder.
It gets worse. FROM THE START, THIS HAS BEEN A GAME TO US. NOT ANYMORE. I'M COMING FOR YOU. AND YOU WILL LEAD ME... TO THE ARK.
Entry #26: For starters, it couples random creepy images with more audio distortion. Then it shifts to the main point of the story. The fun begins as soon as the image tears.
Entry #29: The video clip that Jay discovers on the hard drive from the hotel safe, entitled "noentry," is pure Nightmare Fuel: An unknown cameraman (presumed to be Alex from his shirt sleeve) is filming the inside of a tunnel in the woods where there is fresh blood on the ground as well as a bloodied rock and t-shirt. There are several instances of visual tearing, and then the camera pans up to show the Operator silhouetted at the other end of the tunnel, accompanied by sharp audio distortion. The frame freezes and distorts, then the clip ends.
Just when we thought Jay had found someone with the same symptoms as him, Jessica vanishes into thin air seconds before the Masked Man makes his return. What makes it worse is that this leaves Jay on the run and completely alone once again, and we have no idea what happened to Jessica.
And then there's that hand appearing from behind the door and closing it...
Entry #35: What Alex does to the Masked Man/Tim when he catches and unmasks him is certainly unsettling: After throwing him to the ground and tying him up, Alex asks Jay for the knife, which is revealed to be already bloody. When Jay refuses, Alex picks up a block of cement and attempts to bash Tim's head in. There's a loud scream before the footage cuts to a clip of Jay driving. Alex was completely willing to murder a former friendly acquaintance in cold blood.
This series of Tweets from 3/22/11, after Jay tries to upload Entry #37 and finds out he's been locked out of his YouTube account:
Let's just say that this whole thing dates back a bit further than we'd thought.
The distorted voice of the person who's singing "Happy Birthday" sounds like the same deep, unnatural one that answered back at Jay in Entry #23. Considering who the latter was implied to belong to...yeah.
"As for 'enttry 37'. I did not post it. I don't know where this footage came from".
In a strange meta-example, enttry #37 was originally uploaded for a very short time before disappearing mysteriously. It eventually turned out to be for a decidedly mundane reason and was reuploaded shortly afterward, but it didn't stop people from freaking the hell out in the interim. If nothing else, it shows just how paranoid this series can make you about anything out of the ordinary.
Shortly after this entry appeared, Jay posted on Twitter that he woke up near the red tower, which was a long way away from where he had been.
Entry #38 has Alex casually mentioning criminals that would be tied up and stretched by rapidly growing trees before they died of dehydration. Imagine you were one of those people. You're charged with a crime you may or may not have committed, and you're tied to a tree that'll stretch you like a rack within a week's time and you're left out in the weather with wild animals, no food or water, not able to...relieve yourself properly and you have no choice but to wait until you finally succumb to dehydration. And then they burn the tree with your body still attached. Now think about that kid that they found. Which is scarier?
Just the way he tells the story. There's no real reason for it to be, but his matter-of-fact tone as he walks through the creepy woods to some unknown destination, especially combined with the abrupt ending of the clip, makes the whole thing far more frightening than it should be.
Entry #39: Jay is waiting for Alex in a parking lot at night. After apparently waiting a while, he decides to go to sleep in his back seat, with the camera facing the back window. Later in the night, the hooded figure walks into the frame, leans his head down to stare at Jay, then walks away. Woah.
It looks like it is going to be another Nothing Is Scarier entry. Then just slightly past the 4:40 mark, dear sweet God in heaven, it's the Operator, and he ends up mere inches from Jay, and it looks like he might be reaching out for him. Jay, doing perhaps the first sensible thing ever in this series, drops the camera and books it.
Entry #43 starts off innocently enough, filling in the gaps between entries. Then, with a little less than one minute left, we get our closest look at The Operator yet. The sudden Jump Scare is bad enough, but any hope of sleep disappears when Alex walks towards it.
Entry #44, unsurprisingly, has its fair share of Nightmare Fuel, what with Alex coughing blood into the sink and scribbling more creepy notes a la season one. Then he leans against his wall, and a shadow passes over him. When he finally goes to sleep, the video distorts, and yes, the Operator is in his room. The video continues to distort and when it goes back to normal, both Alex and the Operator are gone.
Entry 45. Alex chases and is attacked by not one but two masked people. Masky starts choking him, and the only thing that stops him is when he looks up and sees The Operator (at least, based upon the video distortion). What makes it creepy is how unhinged Alex sounds. Especially at the end, when the distortion hits so it sounds like he has two voices.
Alex: If I ever see you again, I'll kill you!
From the very start, the subtle audio and video distortions in 45 prove that Troy and Joseph have successfully created Pavlovian fear responses in their audience.
Masky also contemplates for a moment bashing in Alex's head with a rock, perhaps as payback for the damage Alex did to his leg.
The freaky way in which the two Maskies seemed to be moving in sync when they booked it at the end of the video. That was just... WEIRD. People should not move perfectly in tandem!
Perhaps they weren't fleeing — maybe they were ordered to leave Alex alone. He's already begun to be unhinged by then...
Entry 46; Jay enters Alex's house while he takes out the trash, but is forced to hide when Alex returns. However, he leaves his flashlight on the chair, giving himself away quickly. Alex calls Jay and tells him to reveal himself. Jay exits the closet and the operator is right there in the window staring in. They hide in the darkness of the hallway, with Alex expressing his anger at Jay for leading The Operator back to him. When Jay turns to the window, The Operator is gone. Jay turns around to tell Alex, and we are treated to the biggest Jump Scare in the series history.
Entry 47 is mostly a Breather Episode- no Operator, no Masky, not even any distortion indicating they're nearby. Nevertheless, it's still unsettling, simply because Alex is acting so violent and unstable that it seems like Jay is in real danger.
Alex's chilling Death Glare is pretty unsettling, coupled with the static sound the camera makes whenever Alex gets close to it.
Finally, the episode ends off with the chilling line: "In hindsight, I never should have called her." Yikes.
This one is much scarier after a couple more entries, when Alex kills some random passerby, apparently mistaking him for Jay. He easily could have killed Jay at any moment in that parking lot.
Plus, there's the way that Jay keeps leaning forward and back during the phone call, meaning that savvy viewers will likely spend the whole scene on edge waiting for Slendy to appear in the background the next time his head moves.
While Entry 48 is fairly low key, its concept is unnerving: Jay has been stalking Alex, and casually introduces the video with this revelation. Considering the series premise, this is not a good sign.
There is also an incredibly brief appearance by the Operator. The creepiest part is how he just shows up for a second and then is gone for the rest of the video. The fact that Jay doesn't seem to notice does not help.
And now, in Entry #49, we find out where the blood way back in 29 came from. From a guy who for all we know was just seeing if Alex was okay. What does he do? He beats his head in with a rock!
Alex got driven insane by the Operator to the point of murdering someone he didn't even know. That's some serious mind rape right there. Oh, and speaking of, savvy viewers were not let down when the video distortion clued them in to the presence of our tall antagonist. Slendy pops up at around five minutes, looms over the corpse for a moment, and disappears, taking it with him. Oh, and at the end of the video Alex calls Jay, asking him to come to Rosswood Park the following day...
A little bit of Fridge Horror: Where was Alex when Slendy showed up?
After about a week, Jay updated his twitter to declare that after searching for the identity of Alex's victim via missing persons reports, he has come up with nothing. This either means that the man was not from the area, which could hint at him being someone else trying to find out about the Operator, or more sinisterly the Operator was able to remove him from the memories of others when he took his body
Look at Alex as he stands over the body. The angle of the camera gives the illusion of elongated limbs and increased height. Yes. He looks like Slendy. Sweet dreams.
Entry #50: First the Nothing Is Scarier segment when Jay has to walk back alone through the woods, and then later when he shouts after Masky — the combination of the tunnel's echo and being out of breath lends his voice a quality very similar to Alex's Sanity Slippage episodes in later entries.
When the camera blurs and focuses on Alex, look past him. That's gotta be the Operator. And neither Jay nor Alex sees him.
What part of the entry was that (time please)?
3:55. Could easily be a tree, though.
Given what happened in the previous episode, it's hard not to think that Alex wants to lure Jay and Jessica out into the woods, or perhaps a specific spot like the tunnel, so he can kill them.
Entry 51. It's hinted that Alex lured everyone of the original set of Marble Hornets to the Operator to...do whatever he wanted with them. Made worse by Jay wondering if he knew what he was doing the whole time, and faked "forgetting" about it.
Oh, you can do better than that. How about the camera freezing on an image of the Operator in the background, followed by a split-second of him suddenly being right in our face? And that's only the start of the nightmare fuel.
And for once, The Operator's appearance didn't make a sound. Everything was silent. That is until he found Tim & Brian.
Plus, we see Tim with a very bad cough. Could the coughing be part of the process of turning into a Masky? The next time we see Jay or especially Jessica might not be pretty...
Entry #52... Ho, boy. First off, it continues the events of Entry 48, with Jay and Jessica going to meet with Alex at Rosswood Park. He takes them to an abandoned buidling and leads them upstairs. He tells Jay that what he wants to show them is across the room, so Jay walks over, sees nothing and turns around to find Alex holding him at gunpoint, shouting that he knows everything Jay has been doing while Jessica screams for him to stop. It gets even better when Masky appears from behind some rubble and very slowly approaches Alex. He then tackles him, and Jay takes the opportunity to grab Jessica and run. As they are leaving, a single shot is fired. We do not see who pulled the trigger, or who, if anyone, got hit. Even more terrifying is if you consider that Masky shows up later after the seven month period. Alex has not yet. And that's just the first part of the video.
Then you have Jessica screaming in the middle of the night, Jay running to her aid and tackling the Operator with her seemingly not there, and dropping to the floor and not moving for some time... which they then wake up from just fine, if amnesiac. The Operator erased seven months in just one night.
During the static, we have a terrible Freeze-Frame Bonus where it looks like totheark is there as well. To find it If you want to find it, pause at 10:43.
The montage of Alex's terrible actions really puts the series into a new perspective and changes a lot of the dynamic of Season 1.
This entry also has some Fridge Horror when you realize that chronologically, the last thing Jay had uploaded was Entry #26. Alex was angry at Jay for "incriminating him", but at that point the worst thing he'd done was shout at someone for not leaving the camera on. Since then we've seen him break Tim/Masky's leg, MURDER a guy, apparently sacrifice Brian to the Operator, and attempt to kill Tim and Jay. And Alex knows that the footage of all this is on YouTube for all to see. That was then. How must he feel now?
The power goes out, and Tim goes to find the breaker box. As the lights come back on for a brief moment, we're greeted with a lovely pan around the room in which we see The Operator standing in the corner. Then the power goes back out.
At the very end of the clip, there's some audio distortion and a glimpse of the Operator's leg.
Exploring the abandoned hospital is bad enough, but then Alex attacks Tim with a metal pipe, and the Operator appears shortly after.
Then there's the the increasingly sinister nature of the hospital now that it's hinted to be the same location shown in Entries #22 and #23. Alex even seems to be wearing the same hat from Entry #22 and mentions going in with Seth later that day and Brian the next day, implying that the events of this entry, Entry #51, and Entry #22 all happened within 24 hours of each other. This raises the question of just what the hell is going on with that hospital.
Entry #58 reveals that the hospital is located on the outskirts of Rosswood Park.
Entry 57: After he is attacked by Alex, Tim aimlessly wanders through the abandoned hospital at night. Alex is searching for him with a flashlight and a metal pipe, and Tim can't seem to stop coughing. At the end of the clip, the video tears.
Entry #59: Tim's tales of his amnesia are quite frightening, particularly his experience of waking up in his car in an unknown location, covered in blood and with a broken leg, with no idea how any of it happened or how he got there. It doesn't help that this sort of thing apparently happens a lot.
The underground maintenance tunnel Jay crawls through is extremely uncomfortable to begin with. At the end of it, Jay comes face to face with the Operator, who not only manages to fit down there but can also crawl at a ridiculously fast pace. It's undeniably one of the biggest Jump Scares of the series.
The Operator doll from Entry #18 makes a reappearance in the tunnel.
That it was originally uploaded as "entry," presumably by Totheark, makes it creepy on its own. (It contains elements of Totheark's distinct style as well, overlaid with the text, "WHERE COULD HE HAVE GONE" and "THIS IS YOUR ONLY CHANCE".)
Hoody steals Tim's medication, then watches from the closet while Tim has a horrific seizure. At the end of the entry, Tim staggers off, trance-like, to Rosswood Park...with his Masky persona back in control.
entry #73 reveals that Totheark actually stole the medicine because heneeds it too.
After a few minutes of wandering around aimlessly through the pitch dark forest, Jay swivels the camera around at a noise. He finds nothing. Then he turns back around to continue and finds Tim/Masky standing right there.
Jay getting blindsided by Tim/Masky before he's dragged off kicking and screaming is sudden and terrifying.
There's a cameo of the freaky baby doll from "Indicator" in the shack where Jay wakes up. It's no less disturbing in daylight.
Jay gets a call from an unknown number. It's Alex, and all he says before hanging up is, "Leave. Now.". Directly after, Tim goes into a coughing fit, and as Jay goes to help him up, the Operator appears right in front of them and slowly gets closer each time the camera pans up. Jay is inevitably forced to leave Tim behind and save himself.
When Jay gets out of the woods, he finds Tim already sitting in his car with Creepy Shadowed Undereyes. Looking carefully at the reflection in the car window, Jay's eyes appear to have this as well. A similar effect was seen on him in Totheark's video Return.
Entry #65 is easily the most terrifying installment from the series in months (and arguably the most horrific Mind Rape in the mythos thus far). To wit:
The footage takes place from Tim's POV, and it is disturbingly glitched up.
We get to see glimpses of what the Operator does to Tim. It involves him being dragged, kicking and screaming, to god knows where.
Tim gets drowned at one point. When he recovers, he coughs up blood.
We get to see where he went after driving off: back to the abandoned hospital. He then starts screaming, clawing at the walls, and reacting to something that isn't there. By the end of this, he's bursting into tears and overdosing on drugs in order to calm himself. Poor guy.
It's horrifying when Tim points towards the doors and says "It came from there!" What's worse is that those doors look like the kind that usually lead toward an Operating room.
There's one thing that's scarier than anything else: The audio. God, the audio!
Entry #66: There's some hidden nightmare fuel when you understand that the Operator may have been following Tim around for his entire life.
When Tim shouts "What if I'm RIGHT?!" the audio distorts. It probably wouldn't be that scary in itself but, by this point, the audience has been programmed to fear exactly that sound.
Entry #67: The distorted contents of the damaged tape Jay found. Totheark is hiding in the hospital, watching Alex as he hunts for Tim. After a few minutes of stalking, Totheak runs up and knocks Alex out with a lead pipe. Cut to Alex now bound in a chair while Tim, in his Masky persona, beats the crap out of him. Totheark then takes Alex's gun and is about to kill him, but is scared off by the Operator. At the end of the video, we see Tim wake up in a field, confused as to what happened, and pick up his mask. This seems to take place immediately after the events of Entry #65.
Morover this entry offers two nasty helpings of Fridge Horror. Firstly the fact that Alex was stalking Tim after he escaped the Operator's realm, with the probable intention of murdering him given the gun he had on him. As if the nightmarish Eldritch Abomination stalking them and fucking with their minds wasnt bad enough, Jay and Tim have an honest to god psychopath hunting them down. Secondly given Alex's little smirk when To The Ark/Hoodie was about to shoot him, its almost certain he knows the Operator is protecting him, and is thus pretty much untouchable.
In tweets over the next two weeks after this entry, Jay revealed he indeed is terrified of Alex finding him, and that he has been having nightmares of Alex going full Humanoid Abomination and hunting him down.
Entry #67.5 is a Breather Episode for the most part, but it does reveal that Jay and Tim have fled their residence and Alex is actively seeking them out.
It also has an uncomfortably suspenseful atmosphere similar to No Country for Old Men given that Jay and Tim are fleeing their motel in the dead of night from a psychopath hunting them down, and this ratchets up the Paranoia Fuel as well as the scariness.
The fact that the beginning of the entry heavily resembles season 1 in tone and presentation, with the dark room, grainy footage and soundtrack of ambient noises does not help.
This entry also has some rather unsettling parallels and subsequent implications about Hoodie/totheark, as he is shown to be living in the aforementioned shack in the woods in a manner similar to how Tim/Masky seemed to be living in Brian's house in season 1, and filming footage out the windows as well as himself at possibly every moment much like Alex in the Season 1 tapes. No matter how unnerving and supernatural he may seem he is just as vulnerable to the Operator as the rest of the cast.
Also note that this video was apparently uploaded earlier as "68" by Hoodie, who got into Jay's account. Again.
Entry #69 is a Breather Episode for the most part, but while Jay and Tim were visiting the red tower from season 1, Jay saw somebody watching him. Neither Tim nor the viewers saw anything. Even creepier, Jay caught a glimpse of whatever it was on their way to the tower.
Really, the moment Jay says he saw something, any savvy viewer will be on the edge of their seat for the rest of the entry, dreading the moment when everything goes wrong.
They also found what appears to be tapes containing unseen raw footage from Marble Hornets that Alex tried to burn, which leads to some Fridge Horror: The clips we saw in Season 1, as scary as they were, were the ones that Alex didn't burn. These were the ones he tried to get rid of first. What is ON these tapes?
When Jay falls down, there is an all too familiar burst of distortion.
What's more is that fans of Marble Hornets will often look very far in the videos to find potential clues, even in very vague places. When Jay thought he saw something, several people went back to try and find it, even though it was revealed to be nothing more than a hallucination. Seeing how Jay is now thinking he sees things out of suspicion, think about what that means about the viewers.
Entry 70: The first of the burned tapes that Jay and Tim found. It begins innocently enough, with Alex driving at night when his phone rings. After chatting for a bit with Amy, Alex pulls over and starts walking around the same park from way back in Entry 4. Once Alex reaches the playground, the camera tears and the Operator appears behind Alex. Unafraid, Alex demands to know what the Operator wants and tries to attack it, only for the Operator to teleportonscreen and make Alex stumble. In the closing narrative, Jay suspects that Alex wanted to burn these tapes because they are connected with Amy.
About a minute before Alex's encounter with the Operator, the screen tears and everything seems to be glowing crimson for a few seconds.
Watch closely when Alex runs at the Operator. The Operator reaches out for him.
Entry 71: It starts out normally enough, with Alex packing his things to move somewhere else. Then Jay shows up and we see where all this started for Jay: he asked for the video tapes and after arguing with Alex for a while, he agreed and gave him them, under the condition he never speak of them again. Then we find out there was more to this story than Jay remembers: while he's putting the tapes in his car, Alex runs out and attacks him. We don't see much of the struggle, but we come back to Jay laying face down in the grass with that all-too-familiar burst of static. Alex then walks away, and Jay informs us that he doesn't remember Alex attacking him and wonders what else he's remembering wrongly.
Entry 72: It starts out normally again, with Tim and Jay checking out Alex's old house from the previous entry. It's entirely empty, not all that creepy, until Jay finds some more marker drawings on a high shelf in one of the empty bedrooms. They spend a while more examining another room, when Jay freaks out at something outside. When Tim doubts that he really saw anything, Jay tries to prove it by rewinding the footage on his camera and finds nothing. A short time later, however, Jay sets down the camera to help Tim with a jammed closet door, giving us a brief glimpse out the window... where we see the Operator standing just a few hundred yards away.
The real terror doesn't begin until Tim and Jay decide to check out the basement. After the pair have a brief look around, Tim notices that it's gone completely dark outside; when Jay looks out the window, it's night (a stark contrast to the late afternoon of just a few minutes earlier). And then they turn around and come face to face with the Operator. Both men escape through the back door, but Jay is unable to follow Tim. Tim escapes through a field and, after catching his breath, goes back to the house to rescue Jay. The Operator is waiting for him, and Tim slowly staggers towards him, coughing violently as distortion swallows the screen....
When Tim approaches the Operator, watch his head. He turns to look at him, tilting his head slightly as he watches Tim stand up to him. Just like in Entry #1, that simple movement delivers a 9.3 on the pucker factor.
On a more subtle level, there's Jay's declining mental health. As Tim notes, this is the second time Jay has claimed to see something when there was nothing there; he's displaying the same symptoms Tim showed as a child, when the Operator began stalking him personally.
Almost a month later, Tim tweeted (having been given the password by Jay) that Jay has still been rather out of it ever since this entry.
entry #73: Another hack. It starts with Hoody having a coughing fit, then desperately searching for some medicine to help him recover. He then breaks into Tim's house and steals medicine from his bathroom and leaving with a tape. This paints his stealing of Tim's meds in a whole new light.
Not to mention, Alex was in the house at the time.
Worst of all, in its way, is the fact that the "entry 73" title-screen suffers from some static interference. Since those are added in post-production, they shouldn't be subject to The Operator's influence - unless The Operator was in the house with Hoody when Hoody uploaded it.
Entry #74 is a Breather Episode for the most part, but contains subtle signs that things are about to get much worse. It starts with Tim buying a few groceries and driving back to the hotel, to see that Jay has finally recovered from the attack in Entry #72, or at least enough to think clearly. Tim recounts the events of Entry #72, as well as the mysterious uploading of entry #73. He then explains that he's been sharing his pills with Jay, in hopes that they would protect him. Jay snaps at Tim for drugging him. The real horror is when Tim explains that He's almost out of medicine and refills. The only place they can get more is Tim's house, where Alex is hiding in the attic, and they know it.
It also makes you think: no matter what happens from here on out, SOMEONE will have to be around to upload the entries. The question is, who will it be...?
Entry #75 takes an unexpected turn. Jay and Tim return to the latter's house to confront Alex only to find that the Operator or totheark have already taken him. They decide to look around for clues. Suddenly, Jay attacks Tim and steals a tape from him. Tim insists that he hid the tape because Jay isn't ready to watch it. Jay quickly runs away, coughing up a fit while the screen begins to distort.
These leaves two cases of Fridge Horror as well. First, why did Jay flip into a rage? Did his latest encounter with the Operator turn him into a Proxy? Second, what the fuck is on that tape that made Tim try to hide it.
Something definitely seems wrong considering Jay added no narration in light of what happened, not even attempting to explain or justify it.
Hell, just the moment when Jay (and the audience) notices the taped-shaped bulge in Tim's pocket will have you wondering what's about to happen.
At this point it’s questionable whether either of them are trustworthy. Is Jay so addled by paranoia that he’ll attack his only ally, or was his reaction to Tim’s attempt to keep the tape from him justified? Why does Tim, previously enraged that Jay was keeping secrets from him, see nothing wrong with doing the same? Whatever is on that tape is either incredibly incriminating, or contains a secret that completely changes the game. Is the reason Tim drugged Jay a lie? Is Tim less affected by the Operator’s presence because of the meds, or is he falling back into… old habits? Lastly, why wouldn’t Hoodie take the tape with him? It wasn’t so Alex wouldn’t notice he broke into Tim’s house—after all, the motive was already theft, and Alex would likely realize the meds were missing. Was Hoodie’s intention in filming the location of the tape to alert Jay to its existence? And why? To drive a wedge between Jay and Tim?
It gets worse. Jay's sudden outburst and warning at Tim not to follow him is eerily reminiscent of Alex's prior behaviour. Combined with the prior decline of mental health, it seems Jay could be leading down the same path as Alex.
On a slightly more positive note, Jay posted on Twitter about how he's hesitating to watch the tape, considering the possibility that maybe Tim DID have a good reason.
Entry #76 reveals the contents of the tape Jay stole from Tim. It turns out that Jessica is dead, murdered by Alex. The Operator then takes her body in the same fashion as the white-shirted man in Entry #49. And Tim was involved.
And at 9:01, Alex and The Operator's images merge, possibly cementing the relationship of Alex being The Operator's Dragon.
It might be possible based on the ending's ambiguity that she is still alive, which raises more frightening possibilities about what the Operator may have done with her.
Most horrifying of all: Jay is missing out on the obvious facts that A) Hoody and Masky were trying to protect Jessica, and B) Tim wasn't himself at the time; he was Masky, which means that Tim wasn't involved in it. Given what Alex's Sanity Slippage looked like, things could be getting very interesting very quickly from here on...
Jay's Twitter comments have brought us some good news. And some more Nightmare Fuel! Jay announced on Twitter that if Tim was reading, they needed to talk. Barring Jay turning into a proxy offscreen, this sounds somewhat good. The bad news: Jay tweeted that Tim isn't picking up his phone...
Entry #77 starts with Jay approaching Tim's house with a knife ready. He knocks on the door and tells Tim that he just wants to talk. Tim doesn't fall for it, however, and manages to subdue Jay before pointing out the latter's irrational thinking in accusing the former of being responsible for Jessica's disappearance despite being brain-washed at the time. It ends with Tim walking away, leaving Jay as a psychotic wreck tied down on the floor, angrily begging for his camera. Tim is officially the new protagonist.
Furthermore, Jay absolutely refuses to listen to two very valid and rational arguments, showing just how far he's gone.
1: The aforementioned instance in that Tim cannot remember anything about the incident due to being hypnotized, plus the fact that he was obviously trying to save Jessica. Jay just accuses him of lying.
2: Jessica is most likely dead, in which case there's nothing they can do for her. If she is still alive, they're best off leaving her alone instead of getting her involved in everything again. Jay still irrationally says he has to find her.
The way Jay begs for Tim to leave the camera to be left behind, angrily screaming "I NEED IT!", drives home how far gone he is. It also indicates that his motives for constantly filming everything may not be as simple as paranoia or a desire to document what happens so the world will know.
Entry #78: Hoody arrives at the house where Jay is tied up and searches for a knife while the latter shouts "What are you doing?" He ends up tossing him the knife so he can get free and leaves another camera behind. Jay starts coughing up a storm with the camera repeatedly losing focus and searches for more of the medicine with no avail. He leaves the house, passing by a mirror where Hoody wrote "LAST CHANCE". The end titles read "I'm going to find Tim. Then I'm going to find Alex and end this." THIS WON'T END WELL.
Entry #79: Jay decides to stalk Tim for the majority of the entry. Bad part is that Jay is getting better at sneaking. Along the way, Jay runs into Hoody in one of the abandoned college buildings, in the middle of a coughing fit. Hoody's response? Try to attack Jay with a nearby wrench and run off when it fails. Afterwards, Jay finds the room where Alex was being kept along with various photos and a scalpel, possibly used to torture Alex. Jay, now more Ax-Crazy than before, takes the scalpel and waits in the building for Tim to return. He's finally caught up with Alex, and Jay is willing to end this... one way or another.
Seeing the hooded masked man like act like a cornered animal was unsettling, and the way he just disappeared like that made it worse.
The worst part? Right before his attack, Hoody was seen to be coughing a lot. He then notices Jay and attacked him in a feral manner. The you realize this is what happens to Tim. If Tim doesn't take his pills, he breaks into a coughing fit and eventually ends up as the feral Masky. And Hoody has been shown taking said pills. What if it's for the same reason? Call me crazy, but I think we may have just witnessed Hoody become another Masky.
Entry #80: Jay is likely dead. Alex comes out of nowhere and shoots him, then the Operator takes him.
The bloody handprint on the floor. It's the only thing left of Jay in this world.
Usually, the Operator just stands there looking creepy. This time, his arm lunges right at the camera before he, Jay, and Alex disappear.
Right before the Operator's arm lunges at the camera, pay attention to his head. He tilts it slightly while observing Jay, almost quizzically. It's as though he's taking in his prey before the kill, almost like he's amused that this is what finally brought Jay down. This gesture is some rare emotiveness from the Operator and it is terrifying.
Now Tim is truly alone. No friends, no allies, no family. The one person he thought of as a partner and friend is now gone. He tried to chase Hoody, yelling how he set it up and that he wouldn't get away again, but he did. He informs us that he left Jay as his house so that something like this wouldn't happen, but it did. He doesn't know what to do anymore.
We already knew how low Alex had fallen, but seeing him shoot his former best friend with hardly any hesitation and without even saying a word to him is still very unsettling.
The first person to pick up the camera is Alex, who aims it right at the bloody handprint to make sure we all see it. Then, he just puts it back down for Tim to find later. It's almost like Alex wants to make sure that we all understand what just happened there...
Entry #81: A recap of Entry #80 from Tim's perspective. Having to climb through some tunnels to access Benedict Hall can irk some of the more claustrophobic, but the real horror starts when Tim realizes he isn't alone in the tunnels. Hoodie's there as well, but then Tim's coughing starts up as Alex shows up again. Tim is able to make it to the car as soon as Jay gets shot, but he blacks out afterwards. The worst part would have to be the fact that Tim has no more meds left and Alex is on the loose again.
If you look closely, you can see that right as Tim is leaving Benedict Hall, the Operator's reflection can be seen in the door. Admittedly, it could be this troper's imagination. The camera goes haywire when Tim walks to the approximate location as the Operator was seen, though.
The moment when Tim finds the maintenance man is oddly creepy, if only because the world of Marble Hornets always seems so empty and bereft of human life.
Entry #82: Where to begin? Tim's out of medicine, but finds some footage Jay left on his laptop. Before attacking Tim, Jay goes to Rosswood. After passing through the tunnel, the Operator briefly appears. Jay calls Tim, gets his voice mail, and leaves a message saying that Rosswood park has changed its layout since the last time they were there. Okay, creepy enough. Then Jay has a coughing fit, begins having a seizure, and the Operator appears next to him, watching. The rest of the video is corrupted. To top it off, Tim claims he doesn't remember ever receiving the call.
Jay was all set to reconcile with Tim and resume their mission, but the Operator did...something...to him that led him to believe that the Stabbity Death was the best solution to his problems.
There's more Operator head movement in this entry than in most others, which may indicate that it was talking to Jay, or communicating in some way. Think about that: we may have just seen the Operator openly communicating with someone for the first time on camera.
Don't forget about the Jump Scare the Operator hands us. Jay's just looking around and suddenly the Operator's there for a second before disappearing. And when Jay reaches the shack, he looks around with his camera and fails to notice the Operator standing amongst the trees yards away from him.
He also tells Tim in the call that he is seeing things that are not there. So he might not even have failed to spot the Operator but actively ignored the danger because he thought he couldn't trust his senses.
Entry #83: It starts out with Tim in the school again, having the occasional coughing fit. Not to far in, though, he has a rather nasty one, as he finds Hoody, and not long after, The Operator. As Tim gets up to run away, he starts literally teleporting to several different locations against his will. He eventually winds up back at his house, with several pieces of paper with the Operator symbol and "Your Fault" written on them, along with Jay's dead body. He sees Hoody in the same room, and gives chase, teleporting back to the school before he does manage to take out Hoody with a pipe. He goes to examine Hoody's body, only to run into and flee from the Operator again, ending up in the forest with Hoody's body there. Just as Tim goes to examine the body again, the shot cuts to a scene of him lying down in a field, before getting up to go get the camera.
What really sells this particular entry is the fact that it might have the largest amount of distortion in the series to date. Special mention goes to Tim managing to pull off Hoody's mask in the tunnel... only for the face to be heavily obscured by a bright light. In fact, with all that distortion, it's more amazing that the camera didn't just out and out break. Also, Jay's body alone is enough to be considered this.
Entry #84: Other than the fact Tim's house has somehow reverted to its state from Entry 78, with Jay's zipties and the knife Hoody freed him with still on the floor, Jay's corpse and the numerous creepy drawings and messages all absent, and the mirror still saying "LAST CHANCE" instead of "YOUR FAULT", this episode is largely a Breather Episode. It shows the contents of the tape Tim found: Alex's audition footage for Marble Hornets. Brian shows up to give his audition, followed by his friend, Tim himself. A little bit of a Tear Jerker comes into play when it is made clear that the Brian that Alex practically killed in the abandoned hospital was Tim's best friend before everything started happening.
Then, after the audition footage. Alex is outside at night with his camera to get some shots, when the camera acts weird and the Operator is briefly visible, just watching Alex. Major Fridge Horror sets in when it is then implied that Alex truly was doomed from the start. Then, of course, there's the text at the end, where Tim basically challenges Alex to come find him.
Entry #85 starts off with Tim meandering around his house in a plaintive manner waiting for Alex to come find him so they can finish this. When Alex finally comes around, how does he try to finish this? By setting Tim's house on fire, all the while blaming Tim for everything that went wrong throughout the series, from the coming of The Operator to the deaths of the cast and crew. While Tim does make it out alive, it really does show how much Alex has fallen, as well as spin a glorious shitheap of Fridge Horror on Tim's connection to The Operator.
There's also the implication that Alex was the one who set Jay's apartment on fire back in Entry #26.
Entry #86. Tim and Alex finally fight each other. The entire match, The Operator is warping Tim and Alex around the various locales that Jay and Tim searched through. Also during the fight, Brian is confirmed to be dead through one of Alex's Kick the Dog moments. Tim tries to reason with Alex the entire fight, but the latter's too far gone. Tim finally gets an upper hand and brutally stabs Alex repeatedly. Tim walks away from a bloodied Alex heavily wounded... and Alex disappears, taken by The Operator. Tim collapses and drops the camera. End video. One of the most violent entries thus far, if not the most violent. Not to mention, the ending raises a question; if Tim's dead, and Alex is dead, and everyone else who knows or cares about the Entries or the original film project are dead, who uploaded the video?
Time isn't necessarily dead. We last see him fall to the ground, unconscious. It's possible he merely passed out for a while. If he is dead, why didn't The Operator take him, after chasing him for so long?
The fact that Jessica still being alive is not treated as a big reveal or explained at all messes with your head. It's like she was always still alive, and everybody knew that. Everybody except you. Besides the obvious Mind Screw elements at play, it makes you wonder what else you thought you knew might be wrong. Is it possible that the Operator is now altering your own memory of watching the series?
Tim finds Jessica in this entry, begins to have a coughing fit accompanied by heavy distortion, and then we cut to him driving away with the sound of sirens. At the end of the previous entry, Alex instructed him to kill any survivors and then himself. Think about what he might have done during the cut, and after he uploaded this. This entry is Nothing Is Scarier personified.
Broadcast. The description is creepy enough. are you drowning. Couple it with the weird, possibly underwater footage and that deep warped voice. And the figure(s) staring down into the water the whole time.
Forecast. First, there's that... thing at the start of the video. (Which, by the way, is footage from 1940 documentary Experiments in the Revival of Organismsfeaturing an animal lung powered by machines.) Then, we have totheark speaking unnaturally straightforward. And then, we have the actual video footage towards the end.
SEE YOU SAW YOU
And the best thing? When the video was first posted, there were reports of viewers being unable to mute the video...
Intermission. Again, Totheark is disturbingly coherent, and a horrific picture of... someone lying in a clearing. Then we find out that the random distortion in Entry 40 as Jay was walking through the woods was caused by someone else with a camera...
He/She/they are back. And according to a translation of the numbers, with a message reading I KNOW YOU'RE THERE, THE TWINS, DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE DID, I SAW IT which only add to the growing suspicion of Alex being far more sinister than he seems.
What may be the most terrifying bit is that Jay hasn't acknowledged it. Nothing on his twitter feed about it.
Sidenote. Loud, creepy noises. And just what is that guy saying?
He's saying: "You've done nothing but make things worse." Echoing Alex from Entry 47 (it may even be using the same voice clip, just heavily distorted). Doesn't make things any better.
The description "remainseated iwillfindyou" sounds really foreboding.
Unlike season 2 totheark entries, this one came out fast; less than a day after Entry 48.
Even worse: the video says "this is the best part". Masky is eager for Jay to view the next tape.
It gets worse. On September 2nd 2011, Jay claims to have finished going through the footage on his Twitter account. And he does not want to share what he has seen! It's time to be afraid.
In light of Entry 49, "remainseated iwillfindyou" comes off as more relieving. TTA knows shit is about to go down, and is not gonna let Jay die (by Alex's hand anyway). TTA will probably stay cryptic as long as possible, and work behind the scenes, but will, if nothing else, keep Alex from bashing Jay's head in.
Extraction. Limping Masky? Oh yes. Limping down an empty road, full of purpose, straight at the camera? Ohhh yeah. Not to mention those spliced-in clips of... something. And of course the question totheark poses: HOW MUCH DO YOU HATE? IT IS NOT ENOUGH
Reminder. The first totheark video of the new season. Jay was being watched. Worst of all, it makes you realize Jay was being watched all the time he was twittering about his experiences around the antique shop.
Do you remember me? I have not forgotten.
Some Fridge Horror also strikes when you realize the video was taken in daytime... which means it is likely that Tim/Masky would have been spotted had they been filming, and thus it was someone else who filmed, and TTA is also someone else
Also, just to add to the creepy factor, at about 10 seconds in a nightmare face flashes across the screen, and also the audio in the last few seconds of the video was taken from the earlier totheark video "Operator"
Decay. You will never be forgiven. He will lead me to you. Always watching.
Session. A lot of black and white clips that look eerily like home movies. And the video doesn't focus on any of the Marble Hornets members, or even Slendy himself. It focuses on children.
Reference. Seems simple enough at first. A video showing an eerie, dark hallway with the loud, hard-to-understand sounds of Tim's outburst from the latest entry. It gets worse at the end when Masky's face slowly emerges from the far end of the hallway.
Almost a freeze-frame bonus, but in the static at the start is the phrase "Look to the Origins". Whatever that is supposed to mean with Totheark, we're not sure yet.
observation. A very creepy, jerky, and black-and-white video showing someone spying on an unhealthy and unhappy looking Tim. At the end, it shows Tim standing at the window, only his silhouette visible, as the video seems to back off.
Worse, about 13 seconds in, the Operator symbol appears on his head for a frame, as does an image of his mask at the 0:37 mark.
Someone just about decoded the audio in Advocate, which screams 'flee now'... Incidentally, this is exactly what Alex did after they'd finished the shot.
Isolation. First we have that scene with the eye darting wildly around through the hole of the shack from Entry #62. Then we fade out to a scene of the hooded man staring at us over the text "Meet again soon." But the most foreboding part is the end where for a few frames, a still shot of the Operator appears with the following caption: "Follows all."
It's not just one eye. Watch carefully: the image flickers between (what looks like) Jay's eye, Tim's eye, and the Masky mask.
Display. Remember. You abandoned him. I saw. He is searching. Alex is searching for you. Watch. Death.
Marble Hornets in particular has the honour of being worthy of this list despite nothing really actually happening. For crying out loud, this series made a guy opening a door and walking through into one of the scariest moments ever.
The page for the Marble Hornets DVD currently just reads "See You Soon" with music that is pure fear in its most distilled form.
While the "See you soon" is gone now, the fear is still there. Also, Clicking "Buy Now" used to send you to a Jump Scare.
It's also been confirmed by Word of God. They all live in Alabama, and based on how they talk about it, they absolutely hate it.
Dear God. From the first entry where you first see Slendy, to Entry 11 where you will scream "He's in the house!" all the way to the utter fear of Entry 19 where someone is watching you sleep. Does nothing to you and then with a cut of the camera you are gone for 3 hours and have no idea what happened. Lastly, on the Meta side: the idea that Jay is now a target simply because he was curious about what freaked out his friend and wanted to figure out what was going on.
The only two times he could ever been thought to actually do anything physical in MH is when he enters a character's bedroom and the character is later seen with blood on his face, and when there is a mysterious fire. That's it. And yet it makes him so many times creepier than if he actively attacked people. Mostly, he just stands there. Watching you. Screwing with your mind. Watching as you slowly drive yourself crazy out of sheer paranoia...
One word: Psychosomatic. When watching these videos, it's not at all uncommon for people to start having headaches, coughing for no apparent reason, becoming more and more paranoid, and having trouble sleeping. There are perfectly good reasons for all of it. Staring raptly at a computer screen for hours at a time watching the videos would be enough to give anyone a headache; rapt fascination is likely to lead to a person neglecting to drink enough while watching, the resulting dry throat makes you cough; who wouldn't be paranoid after watching these? And did you know that paranoia is a major cause of insomnia and poor sleep? But the paranoia is enough to make most people disregard other possible causes for the headaches, coughing, and bad sleep so they assume Slendy is really out to get them now. It's honestly rather brilliant.
For anyone that suffers petit mal seizures, aka absent seizures, some of the behavior of characters can be kind of scary when it's caused by the Operator. These seizures usually manifest as moments of 'staring spells' but sometimes suffers will walk around and hold conversations with no memory of what just happened, among other things.
Have fun watching this series if you have Bronchitis, Whooping Cough, or even the Common Cold - as with most other Slender Man stories, his presence can be detected if a person gets a sudden coughing jag. Guess what that means for you?