Monday, March 7, 2016

Beware the Slenderman heads to HBO

We live in interesting times when an Internet creation can compel someone to commit a crime and become the focus of a documentary. But, the same can be said -- I'd assume anyway -- of any popular medium.

Comics were blamed for corrupting the morals of children, music has caused listeners to worship the devil, and now an online phenomenon known as Slenderman is the focus of a new documentary film.

Why? Because the character allegedly drove two 12-year-old girls to stab a classmate upwards of 20 times.

Born out of a 2009 meme, the fictional figure has become the focus of everything from folk tales to video games. Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky's documentary investigates the stabbing and explores how Internet lore effects children's imaginations and people's real-world actions

This sounds like a fascinating and timely documentary. Images of the Slenderman are supposed to inspire fear in even the most hardcore Redditer. I've looked at some of the pictures and, while they are eerie, I don't get the fear factor. Then again, I was born long before the Interwebs took hold, so maybe I just don't get it.

Regardless, I will check out Beware the Slenderman once it hits HBO, which occurs some time after the flick premieres at SXSW on March 11.
Source: Indiewire

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