The faceless, mythic figure known as Slenderman has been slinking around the depths of the Internet for years now, and now the otherworldly individual is going from meme to screen.
Beware The Slenderman is a new film from acclaimed director Irene Taylor Brodsky, who made it her mission to uncover a short but sordid history of this frightening character. After he came to notoriety as a Creepypasta character, Slenderman became a shocking news headline two years ago when a pair of 12-year-old girls stabbed a classmate in the Wisconsin woods and pinned the blame on the Internet sensation.
Beware The Slenderman explores how a fictional spooky story led to a real-life tragedy.
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As an investigative documentary, Beware The Slenderman will dig deeper than the disturbing story that inspired the character. Brodsky will uncover unsettling truths about how the digital age affects a plugged-in generation of children. The movie will include exclusive interviews with the families of the girls charged with the brutal crime.
Beware The Slenderman will premiere at SXSW on Friday, March 11. As an HBO Documentary Film, it should be available on HBO On Demand, HBO Go and HBO Now soon after.