HBO Documentary Beware the Slenderman gets a new creepy trailer. The documentary examines the Slenderman inspired stabbing in Wisconsin back in 2014. Beware the Slenderman is directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky. The film premiered at South by Southwest in March 2016.
Synopsis: It was a local story that horrified the nation: two 12 year old girls lure their friend into the Waukesha woods, where they proceed to stab her 19 times in an effort to appease a faceless mythical entity known online as the Slenderman. But there’s much more to the story than its “evil” headlines. A sobering documentary that delves deep into the story behind this shocking crime, with heart-wrenching access to the young women’s families, Beware the Slenderman examines how an urban legend, created whole cloth on the internet, could take root in impressionable young minds and lead to an unspeakable act.
Who is Slenderman?
Slenderman is an urban legend created when an internet meme of the fictional supernatural character was posted online in 2009. Slenderman is usually depicted as a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, and wears a black suit.
Slenderman soon went viral with numerous internet memes, fanart, and creepypasta stories. There isn’t just one Slenderman legend but rather thousands of stories created by numerous authors all throughout the internet.
Because of the vast amount of different Slenderman stories, the appearance, motives, habits, and abilities of Slenderman often changes. Stories often times associate Slenderman with abandoned locations or the forest. People who become close to him can catch a “Slender sickness.” The sickness is described as a rapid onset of paranoia, nightmares, and delusions accompanied by nosebleeds.
Despite the online birth of the legend, Mythology Entertainment owns the media rights to Slenderman.
You can learn more about the 2014 stabbing and the Slenderman legend when HBO airs Beware the Slenderman on January 23rd, 2017.