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Watch the “Beware the Slenderman” Trailer at Your Own Risk

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When a meme actually becomes an urban legend, it goes to show what an impact social media can have in the physical world. That is exactly what happened in 2009, when a creepypasta story became so big that eventually, a couple years later, two teenage girls brutally attacked a friend in the woods of Wisconsin.

So who or what is the Slender Man? He’s described as a “tall, thin figure wearing a black suit and a white face” and became a widely spread story on websites like 4chan, places where nothing good ever happens. In 2014, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier stabbed their friend Payton Leutner 19 times in order to become “proxies” of the Slender Man. They left her for dead in the woods and were found wandering 6 miles from the crime scene, looking for Slender Man’s mansion.

With today’s culture being fascinated by true crime stories, it’s not surprising that HBO is releasing a documentary about the attempted murder. Following in the footsteps of The Jinx and Making a Murderer, the documentary tells the story of the creation of the Slender Man and leads to the trial of the two teenage girls. Oscar nominated director, Irene Taylor Brodsky, says the documentary “does not revolve around guilt or innocence, but instead the court’s deliberation whether the girls should be tried as adults or children”.

One thing's for sure, the documentary promises to be an exciting and terrifying look into the darkest realms of the internet. This is a story perfectly linked to our culture today, not just sticking to black and white, but delving into the grey areas. Brodsky says this case is “a perfect storm of the media, the age and the social isolation these girls were feeling”. Basically this documentary is like Bowling for Columbine, but for the 21st century. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like a barrel of laughs, and promises to be really creepy.
The film will premiere January 23rd on HBO, and you can look forward to not sleeping soundly for all of 2017 because a film adaptation is in the works as well. The film project does show some promises as it’s written by David Birke who just penned the Paul Verhoeven film Elle.
Nighty night, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

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