Believe it or not, Slender Man might actually arrive in theaters soon.
While the horror movie - revolving around the titular internet boogeyman - was supposed to send a shiver up audiences' spines in May, Sony suddenly shoved it back to August (which, if we're being honest, is probably the better place for it). However, there were also murmurs making their way online that the producers were secretly trying to shop the horror flick to other studios (Netflix, anyone?).
Supposedly, Sony wants to market the picture using the low-budget Blumhouse model (think: the Unfriended films), but Slender Man's producers see it as something greater (and a potential franchise starter). Delusions of grandeur? Possibly. But in an age where single-screen movies are all the rage, it's easy to see why they'd be putting so much stock into their own malevolent web fiction.
On top of the BTS fracas, there’s been some real world controversy revolving around Slender Man, due to the crimes the creepypasta icon inspired. In 2014, two 12-year-old girls stabbed one of their schoolmates 19 times, in an effort to sacrifice her to the imaginary monster (a crime documented at great length in the doc Beware the Slenderman), and the father of one of these attackers is none too pleased that Hollywood is trying to capitalize on the ghost that drove his daughter to madness. Speaking with USA Today, he said:
“It’s absurd they want to make a movie like this. It’s popularizing a tragedy is what it’s doing. I’m not surprised but in my opinion it’s extremely distasteful. All we’re doing is extending the pain all three of these families have gone through.”
Nevertheless, the movie must be released, and now there's a second trailer that - while not nearly as effective as the first - still promises a creepy, washed out supernatural tale that's sure to pique a few horror fans' interests. Check it out:
Weirdly enough, there's some solid talent behind the movie, as The Losers' Sylvan White is directing from a script penned by David Birke (who wrote Paul Verhoeven's controversial masterpiece, Elle). Could Slender Man actually end up being pretty good? That's definitely a possibility, but there's also a chance the movie is just another generic spook show that we'll forget as soon as the house lights come up.
Guess we'll find out August 10th, when Slender Man hits theaters.