The most notorious name in the creepypasta universe is finally coming to the big screen this year… and we now have a gruesome peek at the first official trailer for the forthcoming Sony Pictures/Screen Gems release. [If you’re not up to speed on this ever-evolving legend, check out this link for more on Slender and other creepypasta villains.]
Directed by Sylvain White (STOMP THE YARD, I’LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER) and featuring Javier Botet (IT, THE CONJURING 2) as the title character, SLENDER MAN has already generated a fair share of controversy well ahead of its May 18 release — particularly in the wake of the trailer’s debut this week on IGN.
Depicting a wide range of horrific and violent fates for its young and primarily female cast of characters, the trailer calls back disturbing similarities to a real-life crime committed in 2014, in which 12-year-old friends Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser claimed the same mythical boogeyman compelled them to stab their classmate Payton Leutner (who fortunately recovered from her injuries), in a shocking crime the press quickly nicknamed “The Slenderman Stabbing.” Bill Weier, Anissa’s father, has recently gone on record in strong opposition to the film’s release, calling the trailer “extremely distasteful.”
The trailer itself reveals very little of the title nemesis, and details of the plot remain under wraps, but pulls very few punches when it comes to putting its young cast in extreme jeopardy.
We’ll leave it up to you to decide if it goes too far…