Slender Man is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Sylvain White and written by David Birke, based on the character of the same name.

The film stars Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair and Annalise Basso, with Javier Botet as the titular creature.

The film was announced in May 2016, and much of the cast signed on a year later. Filming took place in Ayer, Massachusetts in June and July 2017.

Released in the United States on August 10, 2018, Slender Man has grossed over $51 million worldwide. Although a modest box office success, it received a largely negative reception from critics and audiences alike. However, some praise was drawn to the portrayal of the Slender Man character and soundtrack.

The film was released digitally on October 19th, 2018. Slender Man was released in Blu-Ray on October 30th, 2018.

Synopsis Edit

In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt to prove that he doesn't actually exist... until one of them mysteriously goes missing.

Plot Edit

In a small town in Massachusetts, four friends, Wren, Hallie, Chloe and Katie summon the Slender Man. A week later, Katie disappears and the other three girls go to her house to investigate for clues. The three discover that Katie had been involved in the occult and that she wanted the Slender Man to take her.

The three girls decide to make contact with the Slender Man in an attempt to get Katie back in exchange for something else. Wren, who has researched Slender Man mythology, warns Hallie and Chloe not to open their eyes while the three are making contact with the Slender Man for fear of death or madness. Chloe panics, opens her eyes and comes face to face with the Slender Man. Some time later, the Slender Man enters Chloe’s house and drives her insane.

Wren, suffering from frightening visions, searches for a solution while Hallie unsuccessfully attempts to move on. A short while later, Lizzie, Hallie's younger sister, suffers a major panic attack and is sent to the hospital and sedated. Hallie discovers Wren had attempted to come into contact with the Slender Man again, with the help of Lizzie.

Hallie confronts Wren about her sister. Wren tells Hallie that the Slender Man only wants them, before she is taken by the Slender Man. Hallie, realizing that the only way to save Lizzie is to give herself to the Slender Man, sacrifices herself for her sister. Lizzie is able to recover, and reflects on the situation that resulted in the death of her sister and her sister’s friends.

Cast Edit

  • Joey King as Wren
  • Julia Goldani Telles as Hallie Knudsen
  • Jaz Sinclair as Chloe
  • Annalise Basso as Katie Jensen
  • Taylor Richardson as Lizzie Knudsen
  • Alex Fitzalan as Tom
  • Kevin Chapman as Mr. Jensen
  • Javier Botet as the Slender Man
  • Michael Reilly Burke as Hallie's Father
  • Jessica Blank as Hallie's Mother

List of deaths Edit

List of deaths in the film, Slender Man.

Name Cause of Death Killer On Screen Notes
Katie Jensen Unknown Slender Man No
Chloe Either killed or suicide Slender Man or Herself No Either Slender Man kidnapped and killed her or she committed suicide after she was driven insane.
Tom Either killed or suicide Slender Man or Himself No Either Slender Man kidnapped and killed him or he committed suicide after he succumbed to the sickness; Unconfirmed.
Wren Pulled through window Slender Man Yes
Hallie Knudsen Fused to tree Slender Man Yes She sacrificed herself to save her sister Lizzie.

Production Edit

In May 2016, it was reported that Sony Pictures had started developing Slender Man based on the supernatural mythical character created by Eric Knudsen, with the screenplay to be written by David Birke. Sony's Screen Gems was in talks with Mythology Entertainment, Madhouse Entertainment, and It Is No Dream Entertainment to produce and distribute the film.

On January 4, 2017, Sylvain White was hired to direct the film, while producers on the film would be Mythology's Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, and William Sherak, Madhouse's Robyn Meisinger, and No Dream's Sarah Snow.

Casting Edit

On May 22, 2017, cast was announced including Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, Talitha Bateman (who would later be replaced by Taylor Richardson) and Alex Fitzalan. In July 2017, Kevin Chapman joined the cast as an emotionally defeated, alcoholic father.

Filming Edit

Principal photography on the film began on June 19, 2017, in Boston and concluded on July 28, 2017.

Marketing Edit

On January 2, 2018, the first teaser poster was revealed, with a teaser trailer the following day. Reactions were mixed, with some online publications describing the trailer as taking a "traditional, low-budget horror route".  A second trailer was released on July 26, 2018.

Release Edit

Slender Man was released by Screen Gems on August 10, 2018. It was previously slated for May 18, and then August 24, 2018.[1][2]

Home media Edit

Slender Man was available on Digital HD on October 19, 2018, and on Blu-ray and DVD on October 31, 2018 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Reception Edit

Box office Edit

Slender Man grossed $30.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $21.2 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $51.7 million.

In the United States and Canada, Slender Man was released alongside The Meg and BlacKkKlansman, and was projected to gross $8–12 million from 2,109 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $4.9 million on its first day, including $1 million from Thursday night previews, and went on to debut to $11.3 million, finishing fourth at the box office. It fell 56% to $5 million in its second weekend, finishing eighth.

Critical response Edit

On Rotten Tomatoes, Slender Man holds an approval rating of 7% based on 71 reviews, with an average rating of 3.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Slender Man might be thin, but he's positively robust compared to the flimsy assortment of scares generated by the would-be chiller that bears his name." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 30 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "D–" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it an "awful" 38% positive score; social media monitor RelishMix noted that "the majority's feeling toward [the] film" was negative.

David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a D, writing "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. But... there's one fundamental difference that sets the two movies apart: The Ring is good, and Slender Man is terrible."

Release Edit

Slender Man is scheduled to be released by Screen Gems on August 10, 2018. It was previously slated for May 18, 2018 and August 24, 2018 release. Prior to, Screen Gems shopped the film around to other distributors following disagreements between the studio and producers, regarding the release.

In May 2018, it was reported that the film is being shopped to other distributors due to disagreements between the producers and Screen Gems on the release strategy.

Marcus Theaters decided not to screen the film in their theaters in Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties in Wisconsin, out of consideration and respect for those impacted by the real-life events.

After the film was released, it was reported that Screen Gems mandated a PG-13 MPAA rating and reworked the original script, as well as forcibly editing out several major scenes over fears of public backlash, which resulted in massive transition and continuity issues. This came after Bill Weier's comments on the production. The studio also reportedly had never shown any support of the development of the project to begin with.

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