Stickman - Good Script, Poor Actor Performances
For horror films, spiritual beings are the main actors that form the core of the movie. They don't exist as characters most of the time, but they are a constant in the main story of the movie.
When you watch a horror movie for a while, you look for a difference in the story that creates the horror theme. The moment you realize that difference, that movie can often be the right choice to watch. At least that's what you think at that moment and you believe it with all your being until the opposite happens.
The 2017 Canadian film Stickman was a horror film that I expected to be quite successful and that revealed the difference I wanted to tell with its story that had a spiritual entity in it. The way the spiritual being appeared and the way it was imprisoned were my favorite parts of the movie.
The movie, which I thought would represent the horror genre very well, suddenly became disappointing due to the poor performances of the actors who gave life to the characters after the spiritual entity started to show itself.
In order for the audience to be affected and even scared by a horror movie, the characters and the actors who represent them must first of all be affected, scared and reflect this to us. The performances of the actors, which I thought were very bad, were insufficient for Stickman, which I expected to be quite successful.
I liked the script and especially the fact that the story was set in a mental hospital and then moved to a correctional facility. The way the story started and the way it progressed was excellent. It is almost impossible for someone in a mental institution to prove that the spiritual being is real. This impossibility is successfully reflected in the movie, but not through the performances of the actors, but through a straight logic.
What I disliked the most about the movie is that the performances of the actors are quite bad. I can point to the movie Stickman as one of the most successful examples of how to throw away a story that could have been successful. The characters' conflicts with each other even prevent them from fighting together against the spiritual being. At one point I even thought there would be a "kill me first" fight between the characters. lol
The fact that the spiritual entity, which is already shown, commits almost all the murders in a dark room and in a mysterious way, gives the impression that it wants to remain unsolved. But the fact that the same entity appears in traffic and has no problem with visibility raises some questions.
I don't want to give a viewing recommendation for Stickman, as I liked the story and its progression, but the poor performances of the actors make it less of a horror movie. It becomes as if it is mocking another horror movie. It is a below average movie and I suggest you stay away!