Watch out Freddy, Jason, and Micheal. Sony Pictures and Screen Gems are giving us a new horror icon.
The mythical Slender Man was born in 2009. His father, Eric Knudsen gave birth to him at Something Awful forums. Since then, the mythical creature has taken a life of its own. He appears in creepypasta stories and in a few unfortunate real-life events.
Now, Slender Man is heading to the hills of Hollywood to star in his own movie, written by Eric Knudsen and screenwriter David Birke.
Directing the Slender Man movie is Sylvian White, known for Stop the Yard. The movie stars Javier Botet as the mythical creature, Slender Man. He is known for his portrayal of the Crooked Man in The Conjuring 2, a Xenomorph in Alien: Covenant, and a hobo in It.
The movie is set to hit theatres May 18, 2018, and stars Joey King, The Conjuring, Annalise Basso, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and Kevin Chapman, Person of Interest.
Official Slender Man movie synopsis
“In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of SLENDER MAN. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.”
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Slender Man has been working his way to Hollywood
Slender Man crept back into Eric Knudsen’s mind once more, forcing him to write more stories. In the 2009 YouTube series Marble Hornets, Eric wrote eleven episodes based on his Slender Man character.
Also in 2013, he made his way into a short film by Nathaniel Avila entitled, Faceless. This movie is about two investigators trying to unearth the truth about Slender Man.
Then our mythical creature headed to Russia to star in a 2013 film, Tayna Slendermena. The movie is directed by Sergey A. Written and stars Sergey A. and Oksana Veselukhina.
Tayna Slendermena Synopsis:
“After their bus broke down two friends, Sergey and Oksana, go into the woods, where they plan to reside in the cabin of Sergey’s friend. Suddenly a monster starts to haunt them. A monster, which goes by the name of Slender Man…”
In 2014, he starred in another short film by Daniel James.
The Esoteric Synopsis:
“The Esoteric follows ‘Frankie Murdock,’ A tortured young man obsessed with The Slender man, seeks out the creature to settle things once and for all.”
Headlines and Documentaries
Law and Order: SVU is excellent at taking their inspiration from the headlines. The Glasgowman (Episode 16.06) is a Slender Man inspired episode. Ripping from the headlines months after the original June event.
Beware the Slenderman is a 2016 documentary for HBO. The director, Irene Taylor Brodsky, gives us a look at how an internet sensation can take root in young minds, leading to unspeakable acts of horror.
There is an urban legend; if enough people believe in it, it will come to manifest itself. By the way, who’s that behind you?
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