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TRAILER THOUGHTS: HBO’s Slender Man Documentary Looks SCARIER Than Most Horror Films

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Remember back in March of 2016 when I wrote about how we’re getting a Slender Man documentary? [full post here] For those that don’t remember, “Beware The Slender Man” is an HBO film that follows two twelve year old girls who stabbed their friend in 2014. The catch here is, they didn’t stab her once, but 19 times. Their reasoning? Slender Man made them do it. The stories and the interviews caught my attention so much, that I even shared my thoughts, talking about how it’s insane that he has gained such a fan base that actual attempted murders are happening in “His name.” I mean, this is truly evil stuff.. I want to talk about that documentary again today, and how Irene Taylor Brodsky uses this real life event – which I’ll get more into in a minute – and the [fictional] disturbing creepypasta character in order to explore the effect that Internet lore has on real-life actions. Sit and get comfortable, cause this won’t be pretty.

I’m sure we’ve all been made aware in our lives on several different occasions that the Internet can be an extremely scary place when it wants to be. Between things like “The Dark Web” and “The SCP Foundation,” the most notorious – and probably the most well known – of all fictional online entities is the distorted and featureless “Boogyman” known only as “The Slender Man,” who happens to be the star of the upcoming documentary; at least by name.

But let’s get into some back story, just what the hell happened back in 2014? It all started in May, in the town of Waukesha, Wisconsin when a bloodied teenage girl was found; with 19 stab wounds. The ones responsible were two schoolmates, one of which was her best friend, and the motivation behind this heinous attempt at murder was their shared belief that killing this younger girl would please The Slender Man. I won’t get too much into it, as doing so might dull the effect of the documentary itself, but the basic concept – where an online myth inspires [two] misled children to stab another child – is actually quite scary all on its own; add in those interrogation scenes and you’ve got a chilling [yet compelling] story.

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Beware The Slender Man made its debut at South by Southwest earlier this year, with HBO Documentary Films stepping in to distribute over its network, HBO Go and HBO Now, with critical response being largely positive. This is a good thing, as it more or less forces viewers to put a lot more consideration into how often they [and their kids] are tapped into the online virtual world of the Internet. Beware The Slender Man will make its debut on HBO on Tuesday, January 17 2017. Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the actual trailer. I will warn however, that due to it’s true story content, it can be very difficult to watch/hear what the two girls say. Otherwise, enjoy!

What are Your thoughts on Beware The Slender Man? Are You planning on watching this documentary, or would you rather stick to another movie? [let me know which one in the comments!] Be sure to also go and follow me over on my Facebook page! [we’re at over 170+ likes – let’s get to 200!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been “gone live” online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. So go follow over there too!

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Real Horror: Slender Man Documentary coming to HBO FILMS

If you remember in 2014, two twelve year old girls stabbed their friend, not once, but 19 times. Their reasoning? Slender Man made them do it.. or say they claim. I even shared my thoughts, talking about how it’s insane that he has gained such a fan base that actual attempted murders are happening in “his name”. Now, HBO will be bringing us “Beware The Slender Man,” a documentary by Irene Taylor Brodsky where she uses the [fictional] disturbing creepypasta character in order to explore not only the effect that Internet lore has on real-life actions, but also about how the digital age is saturating the imagination -and actions- of younger children.

The documentary is premiering at SXSW today, March 11, and the writers at Indiewire managed to get their hands on some poster art to share with you all. [it’ll be posted at the bottom!] It’s both effective and terrifying, and it makes it’s eerie enough to make the film come off more exciting. Now, before you ask, there is no release date yet, but being a Documentary, I expect it to come to Netflix soon enough. What else is impressive is that the director reportedly got exclusive access to the families of both girls that were charged with the crime, and as such, this documentary will likely stir up fierce debate [and more than likely, even a touch more fear about the character overall].

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 In order to prepare herself to make this Documentary film, Irene Taylor Brodsky spent a whopping 18 months following the court case of the two young girls, through courtroom footage, interviews with the girls’ parents and interviews with experts. She also explores what drove them to the act, while looking at how the Internet is shaping the young minds of today.

According to the poster, the act happened on May 31st, 2014, in the woods outside of Waukesha, Wisconsin; where two 12-year old girls stabbed their classmate 19 times. the film plans to explain the true story of what [they claim] drove them to do it.

As a fan of documentaries, I’m actually fairly excited about Beware the Slender Man. I remember the article when the stabbing happened, and how it shook the Internet – knowing that a fictional character had become such an inspiration for such terrible things. Not only does this documentary sound interesting, but the poster [above] is wonderfully eerie, giving off the vibe of always being watched..if only from a distance.

So now I turn to You. What are Your thoughts on Slender Man? Is it an interesting concept, or is it something that should be left alone? The important thing to remember is that Slender Man is not real. He was fabricated on a forum online..he just got insanely popular over a short period of time. If you plan on watching this film, let me know your thoughts in the comments! If you find yourself to enjoy what I do on here, then please take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 145+ likes – only a few more and we’ll have reached over 150!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends! I’ve also been writing way more reviews on my Letterboxd account, this is because I’m trying to review every movie I watch  – with my most recent reviews including newer films such as  Deadpool and The Revenant and older films, such as Revenge Of The Sith and The Empire Strikes Back. Interested? Check me out over there and click that “follow” button, I’m bound to follow you back because I like other people’s movie reviews, as well as writing them myself!

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HORROR AT IT’S FINEST – HBO’S TALES FROM THE CRYPT

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Hey there kiddies! It’s your old pal, The CryptKeeper! and I’m here to tell you a few stories that involve death, monsters, and best of all: terrible horror puns! ahem. Sorry, I don’t know where that came from.. probably another time or even another place – a place where I had a raspy voice and made terrible jokes..oh wait a second. That actually sounds about right..


In all seriousness though, Tales From The Crypt is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10 1989 to July 19 1996 on HBO for seven seasons [and two movies!], equaling itself out to a total of 93 episodes. The show’s title is based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name, with most of the content originating in that comic, or the six other EC Comics that appeared around the same time [these were known as “The Crypt Of Terror”, “The Haunt Of Fear”, “The Vault Of Horror”, “Crime SuspenStories”, “Shock SuspenStories” andTwo-Fisted Tales”] An interesting thing to note is that because it was aired on HBO, which is a premium television channel, Tales From The Crypt was one of the few anthology series of it’s time to be actually be allowed to have full freedom from censorship by network standards and as a result, HBO gave the okay and allowed the series to contain graphic violence as well as other content that had not appeared in most television series up to that time: such as crude humor, gore, nudity and even sexual situations. Naturally, this would most likely give the series a TV-MA rating by today’s standards!

To give you some perspective on the show, each [and every] episode of Tales From The Crypt begins with a tracking shot leading to the front door of The Crypt Keeper‘s decrepit – presumably haunted – mansion. [which I like to call, “my dream house”] Once the viewer[s] are inside, the camera pans down the narrow hallways and stairways, and then finally descends into the dark, dirty basement. The show’s host, known as the CryptKeeper, then pops out from his coffin, cackling wildly; ending with a green slime as it pours down over the screen with the main title appearing. [can’t picture it? we’ll come back to this in a bit..] The CryptKeeper is an animated corpse, as opposed to what he was in the original comics where he was actually a living human being! Our wisecracking Host, who was voiced by John Kassir, would then introduce the episode with intentionally hackneyed puns with his trademark greeting to viewers: “Hello, Boils and Ghouls” or “Hello, Kiddies”. Each episode was fairly self-contained, and normally ended with an specialized outro sequence involving the CryptKeeper, usually by telling us that the person[s] who died in the episode had it coming.. using really bad [but entertaining] puns! The comic book cover art that was used for each episode were created by Mike Vosburg and Shawn McManus.

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In 1993, a Saturday morning cartoon that grew up watching as well known as Tales From The Cryptkeeper was created/spun off from the original HBO series. It was produced by Nelvana [a Canadian company] for ABC, rather than HBO; which naturally means that the excessive violence of the prime-time series was insanely toned down and the gore was removed completely. Nelvana even went so far as to find [and employ] a child psychologist to double check the show’s scripts to be sure that the episodes would be suitable for younger viewers. The CryptKeeper puppet from the classic show was considered to be the host for the series as well, but it was ultimately ruled that he would probably frighten the younger audiences. Instead, we were given an animated version, which granted – looks closer to the EC Comics version – with John Kassir reprising as the voice of The CryptKeeper. This series didn’t last overly long though, running for a short 26 episodes with only two seasons.

Tales From The Crypt was [and still is] a fantastic show, it’s something that I like to call horror at it’s finest. I grew up watching this series and the animated series: Tales From The CryptKeeper. If you haven’t seen the series before [blasphemy!] or you just want to relive some cult horror television, I implore you to check out a few episodes online on your own, or with some friends; cause you know what they say: “the morgue, the merrier!” [here come the puns, again!] As someone who’s been revisiting the series lately [especially after finding seasons 1 and 2 on DVD for $10!] I strongly recommend the series in full.  I recommend it so strongly in fact, that I’ve even included the show’s intro [which I described above] to get you in the ghastly spirit of things!

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HBO’S SPAWN: THE ANIMATED SERIES [1997]

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there comes a time in every super hero’s life where they get an awesome animated tv series: Batman got his Batman Beyond, and Spider-Man had his own animated series called “Spider-Man: The Animated Series” — which happens to be my favorite, being as I grew up with it. But there was one hero who stood differently from the others; unlike Batman and Spider-Man, this hero had a darker tale, and his animated series played at only midnight. If that doesn’t sound awesome enough, the show was also shown on HBO! Who is this individual, you ask? This [anti] hero went by the name of Spawn.

the Spawn animated series ran from 1997 to 1999 [a short period of only 18 episodes] but from what I’ve read, it’s actually quite faithful to the source material: since Todd McFarlaneSpawn‘s creator — help create the show. It also won a number of awards for it’s dark/gritty animation style; including an Emmy for “outstanding animation” in 1998 — only a year after it’s initial release!

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Spawn follows a government trained assassin who becomes a vengeful Hellspawn in death. When he’s brought back from the dead he’s enlisted to join Hell’s army and release his carnage on anyone that gets in his way. With both Heaven and Hell battle for his already torn soul, Spawn spends most of his time wandering the dark and dirty alleys, protecting the innocent and destroying the corrupt. The show isn’t all violence and heroism though, the show also has a ‘human’ feel to it too, especially because Spawn also faces the acceptance of his own death, find and destroy his own killer, face the fact that he has been sent to Hell after his assassin life and worst of all: must also face the reality of losing his wife to an old war friend.

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Though you might be able to find a few episodes of the show on VHS, in 2008 HBO released the coolest steelbook. [as seen in the above picture] it has all 18 episodes and tons of behind the scene footage. Not surprisingly though, it’s not a cheap item: which makes me glad I found my copy at a pawnshop for $5.00! HBO‘s Spawn comes highly recommended from me: it’s dark, it can be funny [depends on your definition of “funny” though], but most of all; it’s really well done animation! [I believe a few episodes are even on YouTube!] if you ever get a chance at this collection for cheap, do not hesitate — you won’t regret it!

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[fun fact: Todd McFarlane has been in talks about a NEW Spawn animated series. Will it live up to this one? Only time will tell!]