Beware the Slenderman
In this horrifyingly modern fairytale lurks an online Boogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. The entrance to the internet quickly leads to its darkest basement. How responsible are our children for what they find there?
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★★★½ review by rachel remeny on Letterboxd
not to brag, but on my old youtube channel that i don't use anymore i have a video, from october 12th, 2013 when i was 12 years old, titled "I FINALLY BEAT SLENDERMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" where i played and defeated the mobile slenderman game. it has 49 views and 2 comments, so you could say slenderman helped make my 12 year old self make it "big" on youtube. thank you slenderman
★★★½ review by Scumbalina on Letterboxd
I saw part of this on a plane earlier this year and only recently had the opportunity to finish it. Slenderman quickly became modern folklore and the fact that it inspired a crime like this just makes it seem even more unreal. It seems scripted like the plot of a Slenderman fan film or a depressing remake of Heavenly Creatures. This being real life is kind of mind blowing. The incident itself, not just this movie. The movie takes us through it very slowly, painfully. I enjoyed having insight into this crazy tragedy but I'm ready to go back to watching films about the fictional Slenderman
★★★½ review by Sarah on Letterboxd
You know when you get self conscious that your friends are talking about you behind your back? Ok that, but they're actually conspiring to stab you and leave you to die in the woods
★★★★½ review by Jason Alley on Letterboxd
A deeply troubling, disturbing, and unbearably sad documentary about the two 12-year-old girls who attempted to murder another little girl in the Wisconsin woods in 2014, as an offering to Slenderman. For those who don't know, Slenderman is an internet-born modern-day boogeyman who began life as a Photoshop gag, popping up eerily in the backgrounds of photos, and through the suggestive strength of the internet and the imaginations of children, morphed into something very "real."
This HBO documentary explores both the murder case and the Slenderman phenomenon itself, in detail. It's tough to watch at times, but fascinating and very worthwhile.
★★★★ review by Russell Holley on Letterboxd
The time spent with the dismayed parents of the girls involved makes this well-rounded combination of a true-crime story and an analysis of an internet folktale, a real riveting watch.
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