Screen Gems released the first trailer for the upcoming horror film based on the Internet myth, Slender Man. The online phenomenon has been the figure of fascination, and even controversy, for years now. Hollywood finally saw a way to make some money and we now have our first look at the terrifying visage in action.
Directed by Sylvain White, Slender Man takes place in a small Massachusetts town where four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the Slender Man myth. But when one of the girls goes missing, they begin to suspect Slender Man might just, in fact, be real.
Check out the first trailer for Slender Man below:
The film stars Jaz Sinclair (Paper Towns), Joey King (The Conjuring and Wish Upon), Julia Goldani Telles (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life), Annalise Basso (Ouija: Origin of Evil) and Alex Fitzalan.
The Slender Man figure is depicted as a lanky, faceless figure in a black suit, and was created for a paranormal photo contest on the SomethingAwful forum back in 2009 by Eric Knudsen. It grew to fame following the reports that violent acts were being committed in his name, including a much-publicized story of two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin who lured a friend into the woods and nearly fatally stabbed her. The incident was explored in an HBO documentary that was released last year.
White has directed such films as Stomp The Yard and The Losers, which is an interesting filmography for someone to then tackle a straight-up horror, but there could be enough material here for something at least half-way interesting. The more interesting addition to the cast and crew is the screenplay penned by David Birke, with whom Paul Verhoven crafted one of his best movies around, Elle. In Elle, Isabelle Huppert is part of a video game publisher and is taunted by some online horror in its own way so the connection could be enough to translate into some unsettling territory when it comes to Slender Man.
Check out the equally creepy poster for the movie as well:
Slender Man will open in theaters on May 18.
Images: Screen Gems