This week on The Mario Likes Movies Podcast, we will discuss The Slender Man. Yeah, this episode gets a little creepy, and even gave us the shivers a few times.
In times long gone, stories were passed down via word of mouth, around the campfire, from generation to generation. Urban myths and legends have been spread in the same way, changing and altering with every re-telling and adapting to the times and culture. Slender Man has entered the internet-osphere, and although it is complete fiction, there truly is no such thing as the Slender Man, it is actually comprised of many previous legends and stories. It has become a Tulpa, a Thoughtform, an Eidolon of sorts..
The Slender Man was created on the Something Awful forums by Eric Knudsen AKA “Victor Surge” as part of a thread where users photoshopped paranormal images. The two images, along with his captions are below.
We didn’t want to go, we didn’t want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time…
— 1983, photographer unknown, presumed dead.
One of two recovered photographs from the Stirling City Library blaze. Notable for being taken the day which fourteen children vanished and for what is referred to as “The Slender Man”. Deformities cited as film defects by officials. Fire at library occurred one week later. Actual photograph confiscated as evidence.
— 1986, photographer: Mary Thomas, missing since June 13th, 1986.
During the podcast, we mention a few films that have been made based on the Slender Man mythos. Most are publicly available on YouTube. Here are the ones we discussed:
The Eidolon State
The Follower: The Slender Man Documentary
Purported to be always standing at the edge of your peripheral vision, The Slender Man inhabits a frightening area of the human psyche. Many other entities throughout history have had similar characteristics, as well as characters in many popular films of the past have fallen into many of these characteristics as well. Shadow people, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Phantasm, The Mothman, Men In Black.. They’re all in this episode!
Journey with us as we discuss the Slender Man, films based upon it, and the etymology it is based upon. We also ask you all to let us know what your opinions on Slender Man are. Share some of your own creepy stories, and/or Slender images!
Danzig – Devils Plaything
The Cure – Lullaby
Do you consider Slender Man to be a societal tulpa?
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