THE EMPTY MAN (2020) Explained

The Empty Man follows an ex-cop that goes in search of a missing girl and uncovers a much bigger mystery than he ever imagined. We're breaking down the complicated story, including the philosophical concepts behind everything, what the mysterious institute's big plan is, and explaining the ending and what it means.

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  • TheOnlyMPG

    yet another horror movie where i would’ve just killed myself

  • Fleato

    i realllllyyy wish the empty man was the creepy skeleton in the cave and not generic robed figure #45 with extra fingers

  • Saacius

    This movie is like if you combined Buddhist Madhyamaka philosophy and Nihilism with a half understanding of both.

  • Clystron426

    99.5% summary, 0.5% explanation... WTF is this?

  • Malcolm Dullah
    Malcolm Dullah

    Hate how the took ancient wisdom and mixed it in this BS cult shit.

  • trellz17

    This movie was like The Ring and Hereditary rolled up into one.

  • Thomas wake
    Thomas wake

    That’s azathoth

  • villanjo

    Just watch hereditary instead.

  • Atomic Apple
    Atomic Apple

    Wow after watching this video I still don't get it

  • Isabell Xie
    Isabell Xie

    The Empty Man just came out on HBO and horror writers are reacting to it like it's new. I'm like, Found Flix already summarized it months ago.

  • Rudy Alegria
    Rudy Alegria

    What was up with the 6 fingers??

  • Zeroviss T
    Zeroviss T

    “ I grew up in San Francisco “

  • Riza

    I still think the Empty man is just so parasitic entity probably not from around earth that feeds on human consciousness. Notice it effects people regardless of belief such as the 1995 girlfriend killing her friends after 3 days. They made that man believe he was nothing so the being could possess him. Regardless if you blew on a bottle or not the chance that you may be harmed or even possessed by the entity is all a matter of thinking (Time + Concentration = Flesh) another concept to used to overtake his weakened mind.

  • Cerdic

    now that’s a plot that needed explaining

  • Hannah

    this movie was so confusing it just made me so mad

  • halfbakedretard

    I hated the revelation at the end. Kinda felt like something a high schooler came up with

  • Big Meat Swangin'
    Big Meat Swangin'

    This movie is about meme magic. It's how we got The Don elected in 2016 boiii!

  • TSO

    So basically wanda maximoff is this group's mother.

  • Aaron Miller
    Aaron Miller

    The part I don't understand about this one is how much of the movie actually happened. Did they manifest the whole story up until he reached the hospital? If not, how much of it actually happened?

  • teresa hickey
    teresa hickey

    SORRY BUT NO!!! This movie was STUPID AND NEVER EVER REALLY GOT TO THE GOOD PART. Nope stupid stupid stupid movie

  • teresa hickey
    teresa hickey

    Stupid movie and I just can’t finish this either. This dude is right. Just to much stuff and the movie was confusing and we still don’t know what we’re supposed to be so afraid of

  • j jdelany81
    j jdelany81

    And apparently San Francisco is a really zhitty place to go up

  • kdougkid

    I still don't understand

  • Zachary Ortopan
    Zachary Ortopan

    If I was James at the end instead of shooting empty man I should shot myself

  • TheMrrccava

    I don't agree it's all over the place at all, I think it's confusing on purpose especially given the main characters perspective gets very unreliable even to himself.

  • Capri

    ????? you didnt even explain the endinggg???

  • Tiar Ciamis
    Tiar Ciamis

    The Empty Man (2020) f'u"l'l M'o'V'i"E 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 ➽ -All Subtitle Available Stream Now ➣ h ライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもんね(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした!今後は気を付けないとね. . ! 💖🖤 ❤️#今後は気をライブ配信の再編あり がとうです!#この日のライブ配信は、#かならりやばかったですね!#1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(#笑)#やっぱり人参最高!#まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした,.💖🖤 #在整個人類歷史上,#強者,#富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,#氏族,#城鎮,#城市和鄉村中的弱者,#無`'#守和貧窮成員。#然而,#人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,#被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,#並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。.#說到食物,#不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。#相反,#他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。#他們學會了清潔,#切塊,#調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,#在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,#並且學會了使用芳香的木煙(#如山核桃,#山核桃和豆科灌木 #來調味食物煮的時 88

  • James Pfiske
    James Pfiske

    Worst movie ever made

  • TheFly212

    lots of hype about it. It was alright and had some moments of creepyness and the first 25 minutes were quite thrilling. The lead was real good but it was ultimately was quite overrated. Don't get me wrong. It's relatively unique, especially by modern Hollywood standards. But... It's just a okay movie. 6/10.

    • James Pfiske
      James Pfiske

      A solid 3/10

  • Brandon Locke
    Brandon Locke

    Yeah watching this at 3 in the morning is not a good idea. I will watch it later.

  • Timlosscomedy

    Huge shout out at the 8:40 mark. Look in the background and you will see a La dispute poster. Very good band

  • Alexandria Fitts
    Alexandria Fitts

    This movie sucks

  • Alexandria Fitts
    Alexandria Fitts

    Get.on with it

  • Big Black Guy Reviews
    Big Black Guy Reviews

    Could you just imagine if it turned out this was a low-key documentary? 😅

  • Munaroh Alaska
    Munaroh Alaska

    ' The Empty Man (2020) f'u"l'l M'o'V'i"E 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 ➽ All Subtitle Available''''' ライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもんね(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした!今後は気を付けないとね. . ! 💖🖤 ❤️#今後は気をライブ配信の再編あり がとうです!#この日のライブ配信は、#かならりやばかったですね!#1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(#笑)#やっぱり人参最高!#まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした,.💖🖤 #在整個人類歷史上,#強者,#富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,#氏族,#城鎮,#城市和鄉村中的弱者,#無`'#守和貧窮成員。#然而,#人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,#被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,#並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。.#說到食物,#不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。#相反,#他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。#他們學會了清潔,#切塊,#調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,#在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,#並且學會了使用芳香的木煙(#如山核桃,#山核桃和豆科灌木 #來調味食物煮的時 6

  • Cleafreya Reeves
    Cleafreya Reeves

    - The Empty Man (2020) f'u"l'l M'o'V'i"E 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 ➽ Stream Now ➣ All Subtitle Available ライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもんね(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした!今後は気を付けないとね. . ! 💖🖤 ❤️#今後は気をライブ配信の再編あり がとうです!#この日のライブ配信は、#かならりやばかったですね!#1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(#笑)#やっぱり人参最高!#まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした,.💖🖤 #在整個人類歷史上,#強者,#富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,#氏族,#城鎮,#城市和鄉村中的弱者,#無`'#守和貧窮成員。#然而,#人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,#被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,#並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。.#說到食物,#不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。#相反,#他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。#他們學會了清潔,#切塊,#調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,#在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,#並且學會了使用芳香的木煙(#如山核桃,#山核桃和豆科灌木 #來調味食物煮的時 32

  • Ryan Brandt
    Ryan Brandt

    All I remember is that he’s from San Francisco

  • Ryan Brandt
    Ryan Brandt

    But where did he grow up?

  • MaLo Victim
    MaLo Victim

    Claim your “I saw the movie and I’m so fucking confused” ticket here

  • Jared Rubin
    Jared Rubin

    i thought it was a short film, i stopped after day 3 with the group in the

  • D DC
    D DC

    Advertisement: “I’ll explain the movie!” Reality: Some idiot just describing the film shot for shot as though we watched it blindfolded.

  • Rival

    i feel like they could have come up with a better monster costume than they did. the rags are okay but with a name like “the empty man” they should’ve done something like a “deflated” man with loose skin or something. would’ve been way scarier.

  • Martin Macias
    Martin Macias

    Wait huge plothole if James is only 3 days old how did that detective recognize him from years in the past as an undercover? And all the officers didnt act oddly toward his presence just as if he was crazy.

  • Shelby Spider
    Shelby Spider

    This whole movie is essentially paranoia agent.

  • Jasen Potts
    Jasen Potts

    I watched this just to see if I missed anything and perhaps this was just a film I "didn't get" - this was not the case.

  • mitchel golden
    mitchel golden

    I love your work man this blew my mind. Are you looking forward to seeing demonic?

  • Garpie 64
    Garpie 64

    I absolutely despise the nothing exists but our mind philosophy. It's so infuriatingly stupid

  • Bussey B.
    Bussey B.

    Just watched it.... Didn't like it at all.

  • Jie Hu
    Jie Hu

    Thank you for the video. But there wasn’t much explanation just a recap of the movie


    This guy criticizes the runtime of the movie and then goes and makes a 34 min video that could easily cut 31 minutes of fluff and summary 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Phil Sipes
    Phil Sipes

    This is more of a Cliffnotes run down of the movie than it is an "explanation".

  • Kevin D
    Kevin D

    That Night scene where the fire turned off and was running after him! HOLY SHIT

    • Oli O
      Oli O

      So intense

  • Brian Baer
    Brian Baer

    This movie doesn't make sense

  • Kenyon Martin
    Kenyon Martin

    Not sure if it’s your style but I would so enjoy a competent breakdown of “Them “

  • 000000000

    This SCP shit ...... I love it

  • Daoud

    The prologue was great. Like a movie in a movie. Great movie!!!

  • Matt Wix
    Matt Wix

    I don't think they actually manifested him at all, that was a false reality they created in his mind by breaking him down. That is the meaning of the line about repeating your name until it's gibberish. His trauma was real and necessary to complete the ritual, they just needed to mould him into an empty vessel through 'gibberish'. That's also the significance of the scene where he sees himself on the gantry - that is him accepting his new role in their reality. They used triggers like the bottle repeatedly, and told him he was the empty man, until he became the empty man. Plenty of other symbology such as the shaven heads and repeated mantras of the cult also hint at this being the true meaning, imo.

    • Caleb Foster
      Caleb Foster

      I like this interpretation. The death of his wife and son seemed to be presented as real, so I can't fully commit to the idea they only existed as false/created memories.

  • The Casual Try Hard
    The Casual Try Hard

    This channel is perfect for me considering I fall asleep halfway through movies at night LOL

  • Jonathon Camp
    Jonathon Camp

    Was I the only one who consistently seen frog face from stranger things?

  • NoOne_ In-particular
    NoOne_ In-particular

    The bad reviews were only from 13 people. Sorry but I dont trust reviews. And I think that everything from the transitions to the 25 minute prologue were amazing.

  • Zebedee Clarke
    Zebedee Clarke

    Loved the movie but you didn't explain anything.


    Scariest thing about the movie is that i watched it.

  • Melissa Sandoval
    Melissa Sandoval

    I just finished watching this movie it was Boring and slow and only I jump scare. The monster and skeleton thing was the only good part of the movie

  • Rigel Sosa
    Rigel Sosa

    Dr. Strange needs to whip this cults ass

  • Drew Fleming
    Drew Fleming

    i don't understand all the teenagers dying/killing themselves part

  • Ferdzz

    *summarised, not "explained" 👍

  • Sebastian Rojas
    Sebastian Rojas

    I love you dude you make movies make sense

  • Fubybutt

    Makes me wonder if greg didn’t touch Paul, would they not of been killed? Genuinely one of my most favorite movies.

  • Sad Panda
    Sad Panda

    @17:25 wait is James the Tulpa? Called it 😂 Kind of predictable plus The winged skeleton thing in the cave was a hell of a lot scarier looking and more interesting than that lame hooded figure they went with.

  • Nicholas Slepnikoff
    Nicholas Slepnikoff

    Foundflix: Looks like it’s up to James to figure out this mystery!! Me: *water shoots out of nose* lmfao 🤣🤣🤣 Seriously that seemingly innocuous line made me crack tf up way more than it should have. Thanks Flix! 😄👍🏻👏🏻

    • Nicholas Slepnikoff
      Nicholas Slepnikoff

      Stares back into YOUUUU! 😂😂😂😂

  • Joseph Virgil
    Joseph Virgil

    Why did you ignore the whole teddy bear thing?? That's what I want answers about lol

    • Willena Raines
      Willena Raines

      Teddy bear was created in the “story” as one of his kid’s favorite toys. They screwed with him about it to make him more afraid. Amanda said in the hospital room that fear makes a better antenna.

  • James Rodgers
    James Rodgers

    So if I’m understanding this right they created a tulpa to be a vessel for another tulpa?

  • Stefani H
    Stefani H

    It was a decent movie. It gave me Hereditary “you can’t outrun your fate” vibes along with Shutter Island, where they had him play out the ruse so he can come to the truth on his own & that he was the person he was looking for.

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  • TheIdiotOfDarkSouls

    My favorite part from this movie was when the cult members in the woods started chasing down the main character and when he escaped he literally started asking "What the f*ck!?" Also, I think the reason why they blow into a bottle is because the bottle is suppose to represent the empty man. If we look at all the bottles (+ the bone we see at the start of the movie) we all see they are hollow (for the bone) and empty (for the bottles). So...It was a nice little thing they did there. Of course this is explained in the video so if any of you skipped this awesome video and you where still asking "WhY DO TheY bLOW intO a BOTTle!?" now you *probably* know.

  • CaliD0LL

    I only found the bonfire scene and the yeah no scene entertaining then everything went to wtf.

  • Patrick Dalton
    Patrick Dalton

    This was a summary, not quite an explanation really. Still lots of questions- for example why were there clear tarps draped everywhere? How did the one cop recognize him? When they said they tried and failed before, was that the person pulling out their guts in the video? Also, why were they pulling out their guts? Why would the empty man request some of his followers to write “the empty man made me do it” on mirrors? Why did the group of kids commit suicide/get murdered by EM while he has other hundreds of followers still living at the conference? And also, if he was a detective (or was he?) why would he reach for a baseball? Any law enforcement vet would have a pistol or shotgun ready by their bedside. Duh. Maybe that’s just Hollywood.

    • Willena Raines
      Willena Raines

      He answered a couple of these in the video. The person who were pulling out their guts was the one they failed with before. The cop recognized him because even though they “created” him, some parts of his reality are based in truth. For example, the news articles found in the folder. SOME cop’s family must of died, it just wasn’t him. They grabbed real information to source their fake creation. My interpretation: I think some of the kids died because they were offering themselves to the EM as offerings. The girl who was killed wasn’t influenced and so the evil spirit had to kill her for.. more power?

  • polly ward
    polly ward

    The music alone is terrifying.

  • Kristopher Glende
    Kristopher Glende

    I still have a lingering question... what is with the extra fingers that each of the transmitters seems to grow? Also - EM seems to be have been designed based off of Nyarlathotep. Surprised this never came up in the video.

  • Nukyyy

    This is a recap, not an explanation. 34 wasted minutes.

  • Omnipotent Potato
    Omnipotent Potato

    The only line that I remember from the entire movie is "I grew up in San Francisco."

    • Omnipotent Potato
      Omnipotent Potato

      @Val and it doesn't even have anything to do with the movie. The fact that he grew up in San Fransisco is irrelevant to the plot, and irrelevant even to the times he says it. What does growing up in San Francisco have to do with knowing about cults??

    • Val

      He really loved saying that.

  • proudmommy88

    The opening was better lol.

  • AlecBrando

    I’m just happy for the same whispers.. really hit the spot lol

  • Real Gamer
    Real Gamer

    Stupid movie

  • Jarod Richardson
    Jarod Richardson

    Isn’t this like a carbon copy of bye bye man

    • sparda9060

      No. More like copy of midnight meat train. With same false pretense of a cosmic horror story disguised as a generic horror movie.

  • malachi Clemmons
    malachi Clemmons

    I don't get the ending

  • DropOut Aspirations
    DropOut Aspirations

    Why is no one mentioning/explaining the multi fingered guy in the VHS . The skeleton in the cave why did it look the way it did with so many fingers and bones coming out of its back. Does the several fingers mean anything?

  • Aztra Nine
    Aztra Nine

    You complaining on it being overly long? I love very long movies.. I hate how movies are to damn short.

  • Dustin Montgomery
    Dustin Montgomery

    I'm pretty sure the empty man thing was a "great one" came off very lovecraft like

  • Scary Movies
    Scary Movies

    So? Does anyone know what was whispered in their ear? Just curious. 😀

  • Drianax

    I adore the snark you give to your reviews!

  • Donkey Kong
    Donkey Kong

    More like empty plot

  • Jeff Umbach
    Jeff Umbach

    Ah, finally dropping the word "ending" from the title since you actually rehash the entire movie every time?

  • RethInRage

    This is a recap, not an explanation.

  • Arvelle Whitaker
    Arvelle Whitaker

    bye bye mans cousin

  • Cute Headcrab
    Cute Headcrab

    Get out of here S.T.A.K.E.R

  • CT bahzingerson
    CT bahzingerson

    7 mins in I'm like what's this movie again?? Lol

  • Pierre-luc Légère
    Pierre-luc Légère

    This movie is high af

  • Rocky Styx
    Rocky Styx

    The alternative ending in some test theatres was better, hopefully it will be available with the DVD as a bonus feature.

    • sparda9060

      What was the alternate ending?

  • Benjamin Aswad
    Benjamin Aswad

    Eww, Amanda has a bowl cut!