Halloween may be over, but the horrors keep on coming! HBO is releasing a new documentary titled, ‘Beware the Slenderman,’ that details a brutal murder inspired by a horrifying meme — and we are seriously shaking! Watch it here!
SO scary! HBO is retelling a real-life horror story with its newest documentary, Beware the Slenderman — a true-crime documentary that revolves around the stabbing of a 12-year old girl living in Wisconsin. She was this close to being savagely murdered by two of her classmates, who claim they were under the terrorizing influence of a fictional character named, Slenderman. Yikes!
The trailer opens in a similar style to the Blair Witch Project, using a disturbing film-style approach that shows static footage of a dark forest. As the 90-second clip progresses, a mysterious character (that is only seen by its faceless frame) eerily pops up to shock you! The clip then begins to cut between dated social media posts and other archives to piece together the story of the deadly attack. It’s seriously horrifying!
The haunting teaser also incorporates creepy footage from interviews that show the story of how 12-year-old classmates, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, stabbed their fellow student NINETEEN times. Morgan and Anissa became so obsessed with the Slenderman, that they believed the only way to prove that he existed was to hurt their schoolmate. Fortunately, she survived the attack, but it was announced in July 2016 that Morgan and Anissa would be tried as adults for attempt of murder, according to the Rolling Stone. The trailer doesn’t give much of a backstory, but it does have us totally spooked!
For those of you wondering about the origin of the Slenderman, he is a fictional, supernatural character that derived from a meme created in 2009. The Slenderman is depicted as a super-thin and tall man, who wears an all-black suit and scares people with his featureless pale white face. Many stories began to circulate following the character’s conception, often featuring him stalking, abducting, and traumatizing young children. OMG, who would create such a terrifying thing?
Beware the Slenderman debuted at the South By Southwest film festival earlier in 2016. The film will officially air on HBO on Jan. 23, 2017.
HollywoodLifers, what are you thoughts on Beware of the Slenderman? Will you be tuning into HBO for the new documentary? Let us know in the comments below!