Can you see him?
Today, Sony Pictures dropped the full (and presumably final) official trailer for Slender Man. Directed by Sylvian White (Stomp the Yard), the film centers around the most famous boogeyman found in the deep, dark world of creepypastas, the Slender Man. Check out the trailer & official synopsis, but be warned: Once you see him, you can’t unsee him.
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.
The lore of the Slender Man character originated back in 2009. According to IGN, the story began on an internet forum and exploded from there. “The sinister saga of Slender Man began on June 8, 2009, when his creator, Eric “Victor Surge” Knudsen, posted some Photoshopped images of the creature on the “Something Awful” Internet forum as part of a contest to come up with original “paranormal” pictures.”
After the images surfaced, other posters filled in the legacy of the faceless figure, and the rest is history. Surprisingly, it took until now (nearly 10 years later) for any major studio film to feature Slender Man. He was the subject of the select release film Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, adapted from the Marble Hornets Youtube series. Beyond that, Slender Man marks the first wide release for the internet monster.
Following a series of setbacks and possible distributor switches, it appears audiences will finally see what they “can’t unsee.” The film stars Joey King (The Conjuring, Independence Day: Resurgence), Jaz Sinclair (Paper Towns, When the Bough Breaks), and Talitha Bateman (Annabelle: Creation, Geostorm). The real-life boogeyman, Javier Botet, plays the fictional boogeyman & title character. To elaborate, Botet has played the role of the Crooked Man in The Conjuring 2, Keyface in Insidious: The Last Key, and the leper in IT.
Slender Man will haunt a theatre near you August 10th.