Slender Man, Slender Man, dressed in darkest suit and tie. Slender Man, Slender Man, you most certainly will die...of excitement when you hear that the internet creepypasta phenomenon will be getting his own feature film from Screen Gems.
What began as a simple scary story on the internet exploded into a cult phenomenon because of an indie video game titled Slender: The Eight Pages, which got Hollywood's attention. Stomp The Yard and The Losers director Sylvain White is set to helm the new project. This marks the second of these kinds of games getting upcoming silver screen adaptations, the first being the ever-popular Five Nights At Freddy's.
Who (or what) is Slender Man, you might ask? Well, he is a tall, blank-faced creature with tentacles who stalks children in the woods and turns them into his brainwashed slaves. You can't look at him for too long or he will get you. You can't see him move; you just turn a corner and there he is staring at you with his lack of a face. HBO is also covering the whole phenomenon in its documentary Beware the Slenderman:
Interested? Well, if you're not, here is a list of reasons why you should be...or HE will get you.
The Concept Is Terrifying
You can definitely see the potential of a movie in which the main characters have to avoid looking at the creature while finding eight pages in the forest. It's like 2016's Lights Out, which had a similar concept: stay in the light and the supernatural entity cannot get you.
Sylvain White could create some scenes that'll make audiences faint in terror of the creature, which is what we want from a twenty-first century horror icon like Slendy.
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He's A New Iconic Face (Or Lack Thereof) Of Horror
There have been many iconic horror legends throughout various eras of cinema. In the early 1900s we had Dracula, Frankenstein and the other Universal monsters; in the '50s-'70s there was Norman Bates from Psycho, Pazuzu (the demon from the Exorcist), the Xenomorph from Alien, the Blob and other monsters; the '80s and '90s gave us Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger.
So far in this century, we have new faces like Lipstick-Face Demon, Annabelle and Freddy Fazbear. Well, with Slender Man having such a distinguished design, lore and great following, there is a chance that this stalker in the woods could end up being as iconic as Freddy Krueger, Dracula or the Xenomorph if the movie properly portrays how scary he can be.
The Movie Can Expand Upon The Lore
While the sequel to the original game, titled Slender: The Arrival, did expand upon certain things like the Proxies (his brainwashed children), we still know very little about the Slender Man's lore other than he has been stalking children for decades. Now, I'm not saying that we should get a full reveal of who or what the Slender Man's origin is, since part of what makes him so scary is the the mystery surrounding him — but maybe the film could explain a few things:
- Why he is always wearing what looks like a business suit?
- Why does he only go after children?
- Why does he leave pages around the forest?
Small touches like these would create a lore which can be explored in sequels or even prequels.
A 'Slender Man' Franchise Can Keep Horror Alive
Whereas it felt like horror was dying for many years, the genre is finally making a good comeback now with films and franchises like Insidious, The Conjuring, Lights Out, Don't Breathe, Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil giving us genuine scares. I believe that movies like Slender Man and Five Nights At Freddy's will continue to bring scares in great ways and keep this new era of horror alive and well.
Are you excited for the Slender Man to make his cinematic debut or would you prefer he stayed a creepypasta/video game character? Let us know in the comments below! Just think wisely before you do...he could be behind you. Do you dare look? It could be the last thing you see.