17 Noviembre 2016 19:27
HBO, producer of Game of Thrones and True Detective, has just released the trailer for Beware the Slenderman, a documentary that will be released next year.
The documentary explores the story of the Slender Man, one of the internet’s greatest urban legends.
The legend of Slender Man has influenced Tim Burton – who used the character’s appearance as inspiration for the Hollows in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – as well as dozens of indie video game developers. It’s also become a popular Halloween costume.
And now the character will feature in a new HBO production. But let’s be clear: this is not fiction; it’s documentary. It’s not setting out to tell the tale of a made-up character; it’s recounting a far more disturbing real-life event.
The "Slender Man" stabbing occurred on 31 May 2014. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weir had barely turned 12 when they first read about the creature on the Creepypasta Wiki. By then the character had already gone viral and information about him online was widespread.
After reading about Slender Man, the girls decided to become his followers and try to go and live with him in his mansion, which they thought was in the Nicolet National Forest (Wisconsin, USA), near their homes.
The girls believed that they if they proved their loyalty to Slender Man he’d let them live with him there. How? Easy: by murdering someone.
The two 12-year-olds stabbed their friend 19 times. All to "appease the Slender Man".
They premeditated the crime with a coldness that belied their young age. They invited the victim to a sleepover to celebrate the birthday of one of the perpetrators. The next day, while playing hide-and-seek with the victim in the woods, they carried out the attack.
While one of the girls held the victim down, the other stabbed her 19 times with a kitchen knife in her arms, legs and abdomen. When the girls saw that their victim was bleeding heavily they left her there to die and fled.
The girl managed to crawl to the edge of the road, where she was spotted by a cyclist. “Please, help me. I’ve been stabbed” she reportedly said. The cyclist called the police and the girl was taken to a nearby hospital. She survived after undergoing six hours of surgery. The aftereffects will be with her for the rest of her life.
"It’s a perfect storm of the media, the age, the social isolation these girls were feeling”.
According to Irene Taylor Brodsky, director of Beware the Slenderman, the documentary isn’t about searching for a villain. Instead it reflects on how easy it is in today’s society for these types of crimes to be committed.
“The narrative does not revolve around guilt or innocence, but instead the court’s deliberation whether the girls should be tried as adults or children. Above all, it is the anguish and astonishing honesty of the girls’ parents that anchors the film’s narrative to its tragic core”, Brodsky told BuzzFeed.
“I really don’t think there is one single villain. I think that it’s more of a perfect storm of the media, the age, the social isolation these girls were feeling. And also, it’s important to remember that Slender Man is an idea. He’s a character that somebody thought of,” she added.
This won’t be the only movie about Slender Man to get made. Screen Gems, production company behind Carrie and Underworld, is also developing a film based on the Creepypasta character.
It looks like Slender Man will be with us for some time. Both in his fictional persona, and in his even more horrifying real-life version.