#043 – Beware the Slenderman
In May 2014, two 12 year-old girls lured another girl their age into the woods in the town of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Their victim was stabbed multiple times but narrowly survived. What drove these two young girls to commit such an act? They were inspired by the fictional online Creepypasta character known as Slenderman, a very tall, thin, faceless, humanoid figure with tentacles. In another TwL movie review, Nathan, Cal, and Lundi discuss the chilling HBO documentary “Beware the Slenderman,” which examines this incident with actual footage from detectives’ interrogations of the two girls, interviews with the girls’ families, and interviews with psychologists, psychiatrists, and experts in “digital folklore” and meme replication.
Beware the Slenderman Synopsis
Beware the Slenderman discusses the incident in which two girls attempted to murder one of their friends in an attempt to appease Slender Man, a fictional monster who originated from an internet “creepypasta”. The documentary was shot over eighteen months and contains interviews with the families of the two would-be murderers.
The mythos of a faceless, digital-age bogeyman known as Slenderman was created on the Internet, but his influence was felt in the real world when two 12-year-old girls lured their friend into the woods for a brutal murder.
The film makes use of various YouTube videos to do with the Slenderman, in particular footage from Marble Hornets and Tribe Twelve. It also makes use of footage from the games Slender: The Eight Pages and Minecraft.
Beware the Slenderman official website: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/beware-the-slenderman
“The Slender Man” page on the Creepypasta Wiki: http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/The_Slender_Man
MrCreepyPasta YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrCreepyPasta
Red Letter Media, “Did Red Letter Media Invent Slenderman?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgq3k2qCZgg
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