Chances are, Sony’s Slender Man, released in US theaters nationwide last week, was sterilized by fears of backlash from misguided conservatives. When the project was announced last winter, the father of a pre-teen who attempted murder in 2014 in an effort to curry favor with the fictional King of Creepypasta, called the film distasteful and accusing the studio of attempting to capitalize on a real-life tragedy.
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In many ways, it seems as though Slender Man went out of its way to avoid making any direct allusions to the Slenderman stabbing of 2014. Indeed, summoning the titular specter doesn’t require the blood of a human victim. Still, the character and the controversy are nearly inseparable, so it’s possible Slender Man screenwriter David Birke and director Sylvain White addressed the issue in the subtext.
Check out the video below from YouTuber CZs World: 40 Things You Missed in Slender Man. He makes a great case that the filmmakers do indeed reference the stabbing of 2014. Did you catch it? If you haven’t seen Slender Man for yourself yet, skip down to the trailer and synopsis at the bottom of the article.
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Did you notice the references this movie makes to the real-life “Slenderman Stabbing” of 2014? Check these Things You Missed!
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.
Slender Man stars Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, and Jaz Sinclair.