Fuelling the Modern Man

The Slenderman documentary trailer is way scarier than any horror film

We are already terrified for this one.

Josh Butler
Published 11th November 2016

On the 31st of May 2014, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured fellow school pupil, Payton Leutner, just 12-years-old at the time, to an isolated stretch of woods in the Wisconsin county of Waukesha and stabbed her 19 times.

The pair’s justification was that they were attempting to impress Slenderman, a fictional internet character who originally came to life via Something Awful, an online forum, during a Photoshop contest.

Until that fateful day in 2014, Slenderman had been restricted to the darkest imaginations of the internet, lurking in the works of impressionable young teenagers who helped cultivate his foreboding mythology.


Depicted as a tall, unnaturally slim humanoid with a lack of facial features and dressed in a black suit, Slenderman haunts woods and stalks children, causing his victims to suffer from paranoia, coughing and amnesia.

His presence managed to instil a tangible sense of panic in this small Wisconsin community following the near-fatal stabbing.


However, today HBO released the first trailer for their upcoming Beware the Slenderman documentary, which explores the effect he had on the behaviour of the two pre-teen school girls that led them within a hair’s breadth of committing murder.

The trailer is guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine. You can forget The ExorcistInsidious or The Conjuring – HBO have trumped just about every horror franchise out there with this terrifying glimpse into the grisly case.

The film centres on the two girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, and examines the point at which children become accountable for their actions. The girls are due in court November 11th 2016.

Director Irene Taylor Brodsky explained, “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.


“Above all, it is the anguish and astonishing honesty of the girls’ parents that anchors the film’s narrative to its tragic core.”

Add this to your watch list for Winter if you dare.