In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt to prove that he doesn’t actually exist – until one of them mysteriously goes missing.
Slender Man Review
by Dylan Blight
Slender Man deserved better than this.
As an internet creation coming from the Creepypasta forums and then spiralling into a phenomenon with the ‘Eight Pages’ game and Marble Hornets Youtube series from 2009-2014, Slender Man suddenly became a household horror name, mainly associated with jump scares and fan-made horror projects. However, in 2014 the shocking stabbing of a girl by two 12-year-old friends changed what many thought of as fun internet horror stories to real-life terror.
Slender Man the movie, however, isn’t based on those events (there is a documentary about them called Beware the Slenderman), it’s simply taking the Slender Man mythos that was created online and, well, doing a terrible job at bringing it to life.
The odd decision was made to turn Slender Man into a pseudo The Ring movie. Four teenage girls hear about an online video that if you watch, will send the Slender Man after you. Of course, human condition spikes curiosity and they watch the creepy video with flashing imagery, mixed cult symbols and many time-lapsed forest skies. A week later things start to get creepy as one of the girls disappears and the rest start experiencing odd nightmares and seeing things.