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A new feature film titled Slender Man uses the real-life case of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who stabbed a classmate in 2014, apparently to appease Slender Man, as its foundation. Slender Man is a faceless, fictional boogeyman that originated in a Something Awful forum in 2009 and then crossed over to creepypasta, a forum for internet horror stories. However, the trailer paints with wider strokes. In this film from Sylvain White (The Americans), it appears Slendy has a hold on all the teens in town and is making them do something awful.
One of the teens involved in the actual stabbing, Anissa Weier, was just sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital. The other, Morgan Geyser, pleaded guilty in October and will also be committed to a mental hospital. Sure, this movie probably would have played better back when Slender Man was still a spooky myth and not the source of a horrific tragedy, but maybe it can still scare some people.
Slender Man is out May 18.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.