“It’s absurd they want to make a movie like this. It’s popularizing a tragedy is what it’s doing. I’m not surprised, but in my opinion, it’s extremely distasteful. All we’re doing is extending the pain all three of these families have gone through.”
These words were spoken to the Associated Press about the upcoming film Slender Man, slated to hit US Theaters on May 18th. The speaker is Bill Weier and, in 2014, his then 12-year-old daughter and her friend stabbed a classmate in an effort to curry favor with the fictional King of Creepypasta.
Regular readers of Horror Freak News may remember that in my review of Beware the Slenderman, the HBO documentary about this attack, I didn’t name the 12-year-old girls. Not only were they minors (and still are), their trials were still pending. To date, only one of the attackers has been sentenced. These were my only considerations when omitting their names, but it does pose a larger question: Do films like Slender Man capitalize on personal tragedies? Should films like this even be made?
In short, the answers are “No” and “Yes” respectively.
Our friend Mr. H has put together a response that’s more eloquent than anything I could come up with, so give it a whirl if you’re so inclined. His main point is that Slender Man was in pre-production before the crimes of Bill Weier’s daughter were even committed. Just as importantly: Slender Man is a story about the fictional character, not the crime he inspired.
As for who is really to blame, well, I’ll let Mr. H speak for himself. After that, you can check out the trailer and synopsis for Slender Man, directed by Sylvain White and starring Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, and Annalise Basso.
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Official Synopsis: In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.
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