A few years ago, two young teens allegedly stabbed one of their peers 19 times with a knife. They committed this horrifying crime to impress “Slender Man,” a faceless internet stranger.
The twelve-year-olds had been planning the attack for months, all to prove that the Slender Man myth was real. The victim survived the attack, and the two young women, who are now fourteen, are facing adult trials for first-degree attempted murder.
Now it will be a documentary to feed our insatiable crime-consuming appetite. The trailer for the documentary Beware the Slender Man was released, and it looks absolutely terrifying.
“The narrative does not revolve around guilt or innocence, but instead the court’s deliberation whether the girls should be tried as adults or children,” Director Irene Taylor Brodsky said. “Above all, it is the anguish and astonishing honesty of the girls’ parents that anchors the film’s narrative to its tragic core.”
The full synopsis reads:
Shot over 18 months with heartbreaking access to the families of the would-be murderers, the film plunges deep down the rabbit hole of their crime, a Boogeyman and our society’s most impressionable consumers of media. The entrance to the internet can quickly lead us to its dark basement, within just a matter of clicks. How much do we hold children responsible for what they find there?
What the Slender Man case proves, above everything, is that the internet can be a scary place, especially for children and young teens, who are easily manipulated.
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