We have been all following the intense and violent Slenderman crime in Waukesha, Wisconsin..
On May 31, 2014, two 12-year-old girls from Wisconsin lured their friend to a wooded area and stabbed her 19 times. They did it all to impress Slender Man, a faceless bogeyman whose mythology has proliferated on the Internet. The victim survived and recovered..
And now HBO is ….cashing in? … on the crime with a documentary. I am always wary of horror movies based on real events, and documentaries which portray real events but for profit. In this matter, even if the movie is a bit too much too soon, it also looks really really good.
The film is called BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN and it appears January 17 2017.
The most recently feature-length documentary from director Irene Taylor Brodsky, Beware the Slenderman made its debut at South by Southwest earlier this year, with HBO Documentary Films stepping in to distribute over its network platforms, which include HBO Go and HBO Now. Critical response to the doc has been largely positive, with many lauding the way it forces viewers to put a lot more consideration into how often they and their kids are tapped into online and virtual behavior.
The trailer here: