As one would reasonably expect, given the subject of this horror film, the terrifying incorporeal presence of the Slender Man has - true to his Internet origins - gone viral, except here he's done so quite literally in the minds of four MA high-school girls, played by Joey King (Fargo), Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic), Julia Goldani Telles (The Affair) and Jazz Sinclair (Paper Towns). She claimed that the attack was to please Slender Man, a character created in 2009 by Eric Knudsen as part of a Photoshop contest. He is a non-descript, pale man with abnormally long limbs, who stalks, traumatises and abducts people - primarily young children. But when one of the girls goes missing, they begin to suspect Slender Man might just in fact be real.
In 2014, two 12-year-old girls lured a classmate into the woods and stabbed her. Later, when asked by the police, they said they did it because Slender Man told them too.
After making movies based on video games and comic books, it's now time that a meme has found place on film.
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After being stabbed 19 times, Leutner was rushed to a hospital where she was treated and eventually recovered from her wounds. He's typically depicted as a slim, spidery figure in a black suit with a featureless white face that preys on children.
The trailer for a film adaptation of viral horror phenomenon "Slender Man" has dropped and it's terrifying.
That being said, I remember watching the fake documentary back about the shadowy figure when it first came out on YouTube and being utterly scared to death.
Even if, in 2018, Slender Man lacks the bite it once had - it's been almost a decade after the original creepypasta that started it all hit the Something Awful forums - maybe there's still promise for a good scary movie if, like this trailer, the focus is more on the victims than it is the titular spooker.