Slenderman, the tall monstrous figure who originated online in the Something Awful forums has taken on a life of its own. Online users were able to organically create their own horror story surrounding this modern day monster. In the form of an extremely tall and faceless man in a black suit, fans were able to create their own horror stories and soon enough Slenderman had become a part of the pop culture lexicon: inspiring video games such as Slender: The Eight Pages and Slender: The Arrival, and countless internet memes/photos. That didn’t come without a dark side, though….
In Waukesha, Wisconsin in 2014, two 12 years old girls obsessed with the story of Slenderman stabbed another young girl they lured into the woods, and stabbed the poor friend more than 19 times in the hopes of impressing the fictional character. The girl managed to survive the hellish ordeal and was able to return back to her life after recovering. The two would be murders were diagnosed as having a mental illness and were sent to a mental institute.
HBO has produced a documentary on Slenderman and the whole situation in the upcoming film, Beware the Slenderman.
While discussing the documentary, director Irene Taylor Brodsky chimed in on the situation and what is presented in the documentary.
“The narrative does not revolve around guilt or innocence, but instead the court’s deliberation whether the girls should be tried as adults or children. Above all, it is the anguish and astonishing honesty of the girls’ parents that anchors the film’s narrative to its tragic core.”
The documentary looks scary on many fronts as not only does it bring to life some disturbing images on the fictitious character, but it also touches on the real world issues that led to the brutal stabbing.
Beware the Slenderman premieres on HBO January 23, 2017.
Source: Slash Film