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 looks more like an ancient exposed drainage tunnel than an actual lakebed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Breather Episode:
- 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-
- Found Footage Films: The whole series is done using amateur documentary-like footage filmed by Alan.
- 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.
- 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 account.
- 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.