Slender Man comes to cinemas in the US and UK on a wave of hype, some of it already negative, and it currently languishes with an abysmal 16% aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes.
Not only was it an internet craze back in 2009, it also inspired two 12-year-old American schoolgirls to stab a classmate 19 times in May 2014. The case reached trial at the end of 2017.
In statements to the police and court, they claimed they did it to save their families from The Slender Man, but also because they wanted to be his “proxies” in the hope of being rewarded.
Two cinemas in the area where the brutal attack took place have banned the movie and now critics are also giving it a massive thumbs down.¬†READ THE FULL STORY OF THE WISCONSIN ATTACKS HERE
The Slender Man was created on June 10, 2009 on a thread in the Something Awful Internet forum challenging graphic artists to take an everyday photograph and edit it to appear paranormal.
Eric Knudsen, under the pseudonym “Victor Surge”, took two black and white images of children and added a tall, thin creepy figure in a black suit.
The addition of chilling quotes attributed to witnesses describing horrifying abductions made The Slender Man an internet phenomenon.
Unfortunately most critics agree the big screen version is far less scary than the original images and the movie being blasted for failing to deliver any scares, original or otherwise.
SLENDER MAN REVIEWS:
Detroit News: It doesn’t add up to much more than a shoulder shrug. Perhaps that’s one way to kill off Slender Man: make his story so dull that no one cares.
indieWire: A tasteless and inedibly undercooked serving of the internet’s stalest Creepypasta, “Slender Man” aspires to be for the YouTube era what “The Ring” was to the last gasps of the VHS generation.
Arizona Republic: Slender Man bravely goes against the well-established notion that scary movies should be scary.
New York Times: The most perfunctory horror picture I’ve seen in some time.
Time Out: The movie fails to understand that it’s the characters’ fixation on Slender Man — and not the phantom himself — that should be driving the terror.
Variety: Apart from its occasionally spooky images, “Slender Man” is a fundamentally derivative and empty-headed horror film.
Newsweek: Slender Man feels as used up as any years-old meme, like trying to explain what’s funny about dat boi a decade late.
Den of Geek: At times the characters call up videos of Slender Man online that have been created by actual Slender Man fans. Each time, the fan-crafted Slender Men looks much scarier than the one in the Hollywood movie.
SLENDER MAN IS OUT NOW IN THE US AND IN THE UK ON AUGUST 24