Sony’s Slenderman movie, originally announced in May 2016, finally has a poster and trailer. And a title! It’s called Slender Man.
The film is set for release this May, nearly four years after two incidents of preteens committing bizarre acts of violence and claiming that the famous creepypasta meme made them do it. In June 2014, two 12-year-old girls stabbed a close friend in a Wisconsin forest and left her for dead, and a 13-year-old girl in Ohio attacked her mother with a knife. The incidents sparked conversation and controversy around the internet’s affects on still-developing brains and how it might warp reality, and stand as a watershed moment in internet culture history.
From the trailer, it looks like Stomp the Yard director Sylvain White plans to take the more traditional, low-budget horror route with this movie. There’s a lot of screaming, bugs crawling out of mouths, girls with dark hair, and dimly lit trees. The plot summary for the film is just “following recent disappearances, a group of girls venture into the cause of these incidents.”
Slender Man stars Spanish actor Javier Botet (who recently played the leper iteration of It in Andy Muschietti’s It remake) as “The Slenderman,” as well as Paper Towns’ Jaz Sinclair, The Conjuring’s Joey King, The Affair’s Julia Goldani Telles, and Oculus’ Annalise Basso as the girls who go up against him.