Slender Man

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!

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[ANOTHER] attempted murder blamed on Slender Man?

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It’s been awhile since we heard of Slender Man, last we heard of him, he was to blame for the brutal stabbing of a teenage girl to “prove Slender Man‘s existence..” [who thankfully has recovered since] Unfortunately, it seems that the Slender Man has returned for more justice [in Florida, this time!] as he’s being blamed by a 14 year old girl for ‘making her’ burn down her family home — with her mother and 9 year old younger brother still sleeping inside!! [who both managed to escape the fire]

According to reports, she achieved this feat by soaking a bed sheet in rum and some bleach and then setting it ablaze in the garage. She then promptly fleeing the scene to a nearby park and was later found by authorities. The 14 year old also sent an apology text to her mother – stating she “didn’t know why she did it”. It started when the girl and her mother got into an argument over doing chores. [fucking really?!] She is being charged with one count of arson and two counts of murder.

As if all this wasn’t terrifying enough, when police found her journal, they found that she was obsessed with Slender Man, by reading about him [it is a “him”, right?] on the Creepypasta wiki, and even writing about the previous stabbings. The creepiest part is knowing she wrote “if this keeps up, there will be no safety in this house anymore.” in her journal.

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For those that are unaware who Slender Man is, I’m going to try and explain it here [as described by the Creepypasta‘s main page] Before I begin this, I want to reiterate that The Slender Man is not real. He was created on a forum, even if people are claiming they’ve seen him.. Now, onto who/what Slender supposedly is. Slender Man is considered a paranormal figure who has been claimed to have been in existence for many centuries, covering a world-wide span. Most believers say that his appearances tie-in with many other legends around the world, including but limited to: Fear Dubh [which can mean ‘The Dark Man’] in Scotland, The Dutch’s Takkenmann [which roughly translates to ‘Branch Man’], and the German legend of Der Großmann/Der Grosse Mann [meaning ‘The Tall Man’] He is known almost exclusively for stealing children for his own sinister reasons, yet it unknown if he kills them or brings them to his “world”. He is almost always described as being tall and pale in figure, with a suit that strongly resembles Jack Skellington. It is also not known what he wants with our world, even though stories claim he’s been here for a long time.

I have to hand to Creepypasta for creating such a vile sounding creature, it just bothers me to know that some teenagers are going so far as to blame a fictional character for things they’ve done/plan to do: like this arsonist girl or the stabbings from before.

What do you think of all this? It just blows my mind to know this is still happening. I’m just thankful that the victims of each scenario are alive and well. It goes to show that the real world can be scarier than the movie world. and remember:
SLENDER MAN IS NOT REAL.

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