Sony Pictures has officially announced an upcoming film titled Slender Man, to be released May 18, 2018. The film is directed by Sylvain White, known for his work on The Mark of the Angels, and will be written by David Burke and Eric Knudsen (the original creator of the Slender Man story on Something Awful).
The film follows a depiction of the Slender Man as written by Knudsen in his original post, a being without a face and extremely long limbs. In the movie, Slender Man is supposedly “responsible for the haunting and disappearance of countless children and teens.” The Slender Man cast includes Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, and Annalise Basso.
For those that may not know, Slender Man was a forum post written by Eric Knudsen back in 2009 on a forum called Something Awful. The latter is a site dedicated to comedy and anything that fits under that — everything from parody reviews to memes are found on Something Awful.
Knudsen’s original post was a part of a photoshop contest to which he contributed two photos, depicting the Slender Man alone and another with a group of children. The captions Knudsen wrote implied a horrific narrative about the Slender Man, unknown photographers, and the murder of children.
The images did not take long to explode across the internet. They grew to the point where the source was lesser known and people began making up their own stories through a variety of mediums, not just expert photoshops, and many even claiming Slender Man sightings.
The Slender Man soon became what is known as a Creepypasta story. These are usually horror stories, legends, myths, whatever you’d like to call them, that spawned from the internet in someway. Usually the source is obscured in some way, all the better to make it seem true.
Slender Man got a little out of hand when the internet decided it was a good idea to link real life murders with the Slender Man. Luckily, the theory was quickly debunked, but the horror stayed. People, as they are happy to do, furthered the story of Slender Man, feeding the now notorious legend.
So notorious that Sony has decided to make a Slender Man film depicting the original story of Slender Man. In a way, at least, it helps that the original creator is involved. This is probably the first time that an internet meme has made it to theaters, so we’ll have to wait and see how it goes.