Alan Long is an Alternate Reality Game and Urban Fantasy web series. Loosely based on the "What is Twigs?" ARG, the series follows two teenagers as they are stalked by a cult of masked people and an unseen monster that may or may not exist.
The titular hero of the series, Alan, comes home one day to find his house broken into. Upon further inspection, he discovers that the perpetrator is still inside of his house and is meddling with his stuff. He decides to use an old camera to find the guy. Then things get weird.
Alan Long contains examples of:
- Abandoned Area: The lake bed gives off shades of this. It looks more like an ancient exposed drainage tunnel than an actual lakebed.
- Accidental Hero: Alan himself. We don't know why he's been chosen to be Twigs' whipping boy. Hell, he could've been selected randomly for all we know.
- Action Duo: Alan and Vincent. They're basically buddy detectives at this point.
- The Watcher and Horseman appear to be this as well, though to a lesser extent.
- Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Memento Mori depicts Alan and Vincent discussing Jackson's possible death at the hands of Twigs.
- Action Survivor: Alan and Vincent. They've stated repeatedly that they have no idea what they're doing or why why're doing it, they're just going through the motions.
- Alien Geometries: The trail is implied to be this. Though Alan claims it's only a couple of miles in size, the cuts in Return to the Trail imply that he and Vincent walk through it for hours.
- All There in the Manual: The What is Twigs? ARG includes a lot of information about Twigs that isn't talked about in the series.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Alan and Vincent hold that belief that Twigs doesn't exist for the first half of season 1 despite having literally been teleport spammed and given Laser-Guided Amnesia.
- Arc Symbol: The symbol appearing in the channel picture.
- Return to the Trail shows that drawing it on the ground in the trail causes Teleport Spam.
- Back for the Dead: Jackson apparently dies off-screen in Memento Mori
- Breather Episode: Most Wham Episodes are followed by one. Examples include March Update, Reconciliation, and Mail.
- Brown Note: Audio distortion can be heard as Vincent goes into a trance in 3 Months.
- Bursts of static begin when Alan is teleported by the wand in The Briefcase.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: The Watcher sneaks into Alan's house multiple times.
- April Update reveals that they've taken pictures outside of Vincent's house.
- Character Blog: Alan has a Twitter.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Alan swears a lot.
- The Comically Serious: Vincent in Trail Footage.
- Vincent: He threw a stick at me!
- Daylight Horror: Most videos take place in broad daylight.
- Deadpan Snarker: Alan, on occasion.
- 3 Months:Vincent: Eventually I found a key.
Alan: And you got out?
Alan: And then immediately went over to the bathroom...
- Mail:"'It's col- It's cold.' And there's that damn symbol again, but, uh, it's cold. Apparently."
- 3 Months:
- Dynamic Entry: The Watcher's entrance in Trail Footage. They burst through the treeline directly in front of Alan and Vincent.Alan: Fucking shit!
Vincent: What the-
- Eldritch Location: The trail.
- Jackson's house as well.
- The Everyman: Alan and Vincent.
- Found Footage Films: The whole series is done using amateur documentary-like footage filmed by Alan.
- Humanoid Abomination: The masked people.
- Twigs can take on a human form as well.
- Haunted House: Jackson's house. Alan and Vincent wake up there with no idea how they got there, and something in or around the house causes Vincent to go into a trance and attack Alan.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Alan and Vincent suffer a perfect 3 months of memory loss.
- Malevolent Masked Man: The Watcher and Horseman both easily qualify.
- Mind Screw: The series features Alien Geometries and an Eldritch Abomination that may not even exist. And that's only the tip of the iceberg.
- No Fourth Wall: Alan talks to viewers and asks questions through the Twitter
- Start of Darkness: "PRELUDE." seems to be one for Horseman, who is implied to be Alan.
- Unreliable Narrator: Alan and Vincent have no video proof of Twigs even existing and believe that the viewer's should just take their word for it.
- Wham Episode: A few. The biggest ones are 3 Months and Return to the Trail.
- Memento Mori also qualifies. Though it's fairly normal, its subject matter is a pretty big deal.
- White Mask of Doom