Horror: Glimmermen Episode 4, Faeries
Glimmermen Episode 4: Faeries
Multimedia Thesis Project
Breaking with the previous episodes, Faeries begins with the Narrator addressing the camera directly to tell her own backstory. Flashbacks reveal she and her childhood friend Síofra encountered strange, light- beings while playing in an abandoned hospital. The Narrator flees in terror, leaving her friend behind. However, Síofra too escapes but is changed thereafter and it is intimated she is responsible for strange goings on in the area, including the death of a young boy. The Narrator witnesses her friend being taken away by the Glimmermen and we now understand that this is the reason behind the Narrator’s need to uncover the mystery. Using information from an ex-soldier who also encountered the beings, the Narrator works out the location of a Glimmermen base where a large operation took place, soon after Síofra was taken; also the last chronological event in the archive.
Faeries differs from the first two episodes in a number of ways. It begins with a flashback, rather than an explanation of the creature, and does not include any found footage elements. What is notable also, is that until this point the viewer can assume that the interviews have been conducted by the Narrator, with the flashback sequences being cinematic recreations of events. However toward the end of this section, it shifts subtly into being a third-person drama, where what is happening on-screen is assumed to be happening immediately. This shift is continued in the final segment.
Glimmermen is a web-based transmedia narrative which invites users into the world of An Roinn Anaithnid – the Department of the Unknown. The website Glimmer.men acts as an exposé and hub of information about the supernatural beasts and cryptids of Irish folklore which are revealed to actually exist, having been covered up by “Glimmermen” since their inception 1937.
Users are presented with four documentary-style videos about Irish monsters, complete with cinematic flashback sequences, special effects and the ever-present Narrator character, who has purportedly created Glimmer.men to warn the public about this grand conspiracy.
The site also hosts a discussion forum and “hacked” government archive, where much additional information (which adds context and depth to the primary videos) can be found. Parts of the site, including a video finale, are inaccessible without passwords which require close examination of all materials to find. In this way, Glimmermen seeks to further the development of transmedia storytelling by attempting to create a self-contained narrative world across multiple formats, accessible from a single location.
Glimmermen is also an experiment in the exploitation of Irish folklore for the purposes of pure entertainment and cinematic horror. Great care has been taken to imbue the videos and additional materials with elements that thrill, surprise and scare.