Take a look at the trailer for Slender Man, the upcoming horror film adaptation of the supernatural character that originated as a creepypasta Internet meme in Something Awful forums.
The film follows a group of girls who make the oh-so genius decision of performing a ritual that they believe may debunk the lore of Slender Man. No prizes for guessing that things don’t exactly go well. When one disappears… well, yeah.
The visuals look pretty damn creepy here, bringing to mind some of Gore Verbinski’s unsettling imagery in his 2002 remake of Japanese horror hit Ringu. The film is directed by Sylvain White, who hasn’t made a feature since 2010 action pic The Losers. David Birke (Elle, 13 Sins) is behind the screenplay.
While we have our fingers crossed for a potent, scary film, there’s still something a little disconcerting knowing that there’s a very real horrific crime connected to this fictional character: in 2014, two 12-year-old girls took another girl of the same age to the forest and stabbed her 19 times; they claimed they were trying to impress Slender Man.
Slender Man, starring Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso and Javier Botet, will open in the US on May 18.
Synopsis for Slender Man:
In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of SLENDER MAN. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.