I was dead wrong when I thought the Slender Man was just going to be another internet meme that netizens will soon get over from. But with three Slender Man movies that (will) hit the big screen this year I’m sure everyone, most especially children, will get more nightmares about the Slenderman, Tall Man, Bagul, whatever the hell you want to call it. The mere thought of its existence is already spine-chilling how much more seeing or feeling that it’s on your bedside while you’re fast asleep – or worse, just about to sleep.

In case you’re still clueless what a Slenderman is, it’s a tall mythical being or man with a blank face. It’s mostly spotted around children as it is said to be responsible for unresolved kidnappings. I’m not really sure where and when the “Slenderman” meme really started but if you’ve seen the “The Slender Man Documentary” video in Youtube by Emblemstudio, then I’m sure you know what I mean.

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In the absence of light he shall appear. In the darkness of the night one should prepare.

As I was saying, the internet horror icon Slender Man has three different and indirect screen adaptations. But you must know that these films had already been made before Slender Man became popular. Coincidentally two of the three films are still going to be released namely The Tall Man (September 5, 2012) and Sinister a exactly month later. The other film though, The Intruders, was released in the US last March 30, 2012.

 

1.) Sinister – is perhaps the most buzzed horror movie of the year. From the producer of Insidious and Paranormal Activity, Sinister which stars Ethan Hawke, is about a crime novelist who moves his family into a house where an unsolved murder happened only a few months ago. During their stay, he discovers the family’s homevideo and gets haunted by a pagan deity called Bagul who consumes the souls of human children. The good thing about Sinister is that while the family moved into a house, the house isn’t haunted. This is like a cross over of Insidious and Dead Silence. The hauntings and atmosphere of Insidious plus an entity who like Mary Shaw (of Dead Silence) lives on inanimate objects – Dolls for Mary Shaw and Bagul on images. I can tell you that this is going to be a good one – for being fresh.

2.) The Intruders – Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them. Just like, Sinister, the mysterious unnamed being here has the penchant for children. This one is also a fresh take on the genre in terms of storytelling as it will feature 2 children, of different race and culture, countries apart haunted by – okay, let’s just call him – Slenderman.

3.) The Tall Man – What sets this film quite distant from the first two “Slenderman” movies I’ve mentioned is that the take on the creature is more realistic. There’s still the eerie and dreadsome atmosphere but it’s more on crime and suspense – than with ghostly chills.


In the time where netizens can’t help but associate these films with Slenderman, I decided to make this post.The common denominator of the three films is the scary pedophile Slender Man. It’s just up to us to choose whose parents we are gonna sympathize on their horrific tale of saving their children from the “Slenderman”. Ethan Hakwe (Sinister), Clive Owen (The Intruders) or Jessica Biel (The Tall Man), you choose. 🙂

I think the Slender Man is going to be a trend in horror filmmaking as well, especially in Hollywood. Not just because it’s scary – but I believe it sells! Do you want Slender Man to have his own movie? Will you watch it?