The character inspired a real-life stabbing in 2014
Hollywood has been accused of “popularising a tragedy” through its new Slender Man film by the father of a girl who stabbed her classmate in a bid to appease the fictional demon.
Slender Man will be released on May 18 via Screen Gems. It follows on from last year’s acclaimed HBO documentary, Beware The Slenderman, and tells the story of four high school girls as they attempt to debunk the myth of Slenderman.
Now, the father of a girl who stabbed her classmate in a bid to appease the fictional character has hit out at the film. Bill Weier, father of Anissa Weier, told Associated Press: “It’s absurd they want to make a movie like this. It’s popularising 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.”
Anissa Weier was sentenced to 25 years in a mental institution last night, after pleading guilty to second degree intentional homicide. Weier and Morgan Geyser lured classmate Payton Leutner into a wooded area in 2014, before Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times as Weier urged her on. Leutner survived the attack.
The pair of attackers told detectives they had to kill Geyser to prove Slenderman they were worthy of being his servants, and protect their family from him. All involved were just 12 at the time.
Slender Man or Slenderman is a supernatural figure who is typically depicted in internet memes as an abnormally tall, thin man with white skin and no facial features.
The first known use of the character was on an internet forum in 2009 by a user called Eric Knudsen. During a Photoshop contest on the website Something Awful, users were challenged to ‘paranormalise’ real-life pictures. Knudsen (going by the username Victor Surge) contributed the original image of Slender Man, holding hands with a young girl.