Slender Man is a 2018 American supernatural horror film based on the infamous creepypasta of the same name, as well as the videogame it spawned, Slender: The Eight Pages. It was directed by Sylvain White, produced by Mythology Entertainment, Madhouse Entertainment, and It Is No Dream Entertainment and distributed by Sony Pictures. The film was released in the United States on August 10, 2018.
Based on the infamous creepypasta, Small-town best friends Hallie, Chloe, Wren, and Katie go online to try and conjure up the Slender Man -- a tall, thin, horrifying figure whose face has no discernible features. Two weeks later, Katie mysteriously disappears during a class trip to a historic graveyard. Determined to find her, the girls soon suspect that the legend of the Slender Man may be all too real.
Why It Sucks
- Executive Meddling: Sony apparently got cold feet over the film's content and so tore it to pieces in post-production to turn what the trailers implied to be a violent, disturbing, hard R-rated horror film into a PG-13 schlockfest where almost nothing happens. Most of the material in the trailer, including at least one entire character, does not appear in the finished film, and several characters who are left in the film have their plotlines left completely unresolved.
- The film's production companies apparently found a clause in their contract allowing them to offer it to people other than Sony, then tried to pitch it to Amazon and Netflix. Consider for a moment the kind of junk these two are prepared to publish and realize that they did not want this film. Ultimately, the production companies had to return to Sony with their tails between their legs and accept a deal where Sony could cut it however they wanted and essentially do nothing to promote the film at all.
- The film steals elements from other, better horror films such as The Ring.
- Wasted potential of a theatrical creepypasta movie, though it is quite interesting.
- Rather like The Angry Birds Movie, the film attempts to cash in on something that is basically already over, although The Angry Birds Movie was executed well, while this film wasn't.
- A good amount of the film's scares relies on unsophisticated jump scares and creepy imagery, which this film fails badly at.
- This film treats Slender Man more like a cliched horror movie villain instead of the original creepypasta character, whose origin and motives are shrouded in mystery.
- On the other hand, it is established that Slender Man acts differently depending on who you are, which means it is never clear if a character is actually in danger or when the audience should feel apprehensive.
- The entire cast is full of idiots, such as the one girl who decides to awaken Slender Man again.
- Absolutely terrible acting and writing. The fact that the writer is completely out of touch with the generation he's writing about is obvious. For example, one character talks about watching a "website video", and at one point a character decides to go to a library to do research. On the internet.
- Slender Man barely gets enough screentime to justify the movie's title; the movie focuses more on the girls and their insanity.
- Speaking of which, Slender Man is supposed to have tentacles as shown in the poster, but he doesn't use them in the film, which is false advertising.
- The cinematography is ugly and flat.
- The scene where the boyfriend is possessed by Slender Man is silly rather than scary.
- Poor grasp of the source material: Slender Man is not supposed to roar, and neither bugs nor turning into a tree are involved with Slender Man.
- What he's supposed to do is kidnap children and turn them into his minions, impale people with his tentacles and even cause disturbing hallucinations.
- Javier Botet, when he isn't edited out of the film, actually looks like he's trying to be an intimidating Slender Man.
- The make-up design and computer-generated movements for Slender Man are decent.
- The movie can give you a good laugh at other horror movies such as The Bye Bye Man and Truth or Dare.
- The movie at least has some references to the character, like the scene in the woods.
- Good soundtrack composed by Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell.
Slender Man received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics and audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 8% "rotten" rating based on 79 reviews and an average rating of 3.11/10. 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.
Despite receiving overwhelmingly negative reviews, Slender Man was the box office success, 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, against the budget of $10–28 million.
Awards and nomination
Jaz Sinclair was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress.
- The film was accused of cashing in on the 2014 "Slender Man Stabbing" incident, in which 12-year-old Payton Leutner from Waukesha, Wisconsin was stabbed 19 times by two friends Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, who were attempting to become "proxies" of Slender Man. Out of respect (or more cynically because everyone involved knew it wouldn't matter), cinema chains with theaters in the Waukesha and Milwaukee County areas elected not to screen the film there.
- This was the first film to have a creepypasta internet meme.