Everyman HYBRID is an ARG based off The Slender Man Mythos
. It's considered by some to be an "heir" to Marble Hornets
. It starts off simple. Vince, Evan, and Jeff are making a series of fitness videos. However, it appears that a certain thin man in a suit has taken an interest in them.
Initially, it appears that Everyman HYBRID is just a poor imitation of Marble Hornets
. Slendy appears in the background of the first few entries, but they come off as narm. This is mostly due to the fact He is pretty obvious, including two feet behind them.
Eventually, a clever twist is revealed: Apparently. in-universe, the HYBRID crew were making their own Slender Man series, which were the first few entries. But then the real
Slender Man showed up, and the series grows the beard
As a horror series, it doesn't do much for me. I found very little of it scary (By comparision, I found Marble Hornets
to be terrifying). There are some pretty scary moments from time to time. "Joke's Over", "Cops Checked, No Body", and "Alex" stood out in terms of Nightmare Fuel
In addition, the plot is spread out over You Tube
, Twitter, and a couple of blogs and forums, making it rather hard to follow at times. The actual plot itself is also complicated. In addition to Slender Man, another internet urban legend, The Rake, is stalking Jeff's brother. Another nefarious character, HABIT, has also made his presence known. How they all connect is yet to be seen.
Everyman HYBRID's real success comes from it's characters. Unlike the usually silent protagonist of Marble Hornets
, we see and hear a lot from Vince, Evan, and Jeff. Their character traits have been well established. Vince is trying to remain rational in the face of a Cosmic Horror
. Evan is slowly going Ax Crazy
. Jeff is rather upset
at the disappearance of his girlfriend Jessa, who has heavily implied to have been kidnapped by Slender Man
All in all, it's a rather unique take on the mythos. More character-driven than horror-driven, combined with a rather confusing plot. Still, check it out.