The Slender Man movie is on its way, and the new trailer offers the first official look. The movie is slated to come out May 18th, 2018, from Sony Pictures.
Slender Man? Isn’t That a Meme?
Slenderman appeared around 2009 as a meme on the Creepypasta website. The creator, Eric “Victor Surge” Knudsen, had a love for Steven King and H.P. Lovecraft. He came up with a story about the Slenderman, who usually took kids and would torture and torment them. It was a story and a meme that blew up. Other people began using Slenderman in their stories, and he became somewhat of an urban legend. I remember some people at the time were saying it was a real story, which in fact did lead to some truly awful things in Wisconsin in 2014.
Is the ‘Slender Man’ Movie Too Soon?
Considering the checkered past of the now 9-year-old character, why make a movie of it? Back in 2014, two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin convinced another girl to come out to the woods. They then stabbed her 19 times. They did this all to please Slenderman, dulling the line between fact and fiction. The two girls responsible for the near-fatal stabbing were in court as recently as September and December respectively. Also, a documentary just came out about it this year, Beware the Slenderman.
So that begs to ask, “Is this too soon?” This new film, based on the trailer, seems to focus on several young girls and the Slender Man in the woods. It seems very reminiscent of the true stabbing story. So why would they choose to tell this story? Why not have the main characters be young boys in an attempt to at least distance themselves from the true story?
My theory is shock value. Based on the trailer, the movie is going to rely heavily on shock value, like The Ring movies. There are the gruesome torture and close-up shots of decay that are intended to induce discomfort and fear. I say it’s a cheap ploy to sell tickets. We’ll see how the movie turns out in May, but I say this may be a bit too soon and too close to what happened. Maybe Sony should have just focused on making a good Slender Man video game instead.