Beware the Slenderman

Synopsis: Lurking in the shadows of the Internet, a faceless modern-day bogeyman has attracted the attention and fear of a young generation who whisper his name online. Slenderman lives on the dark pages of the web, where impressionable youth create and cultivate his mythos in message boards, YouTube clips and various other digital incantations. But the online fairy tale becomes a shocking real-life horror as two 12-year-old girls, guided by their devotion to Slenderman, lure their friend into the woods to attempt a seemingly inexplicable, brutal murder. From the depths of one the Internet's most unsettling creations to the court case that must consider the consequences, Beware the Slenderman brings to light questions of accountability in an age where young, growing minds are only a few clicks away from creating and consuming something that may influence them to commit unspeakable crimes.
Production: Vermilion Films
  1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
82%
TV-14
Year:
2016
114 min
142 Views

Hey! Over here!

Please!

911, what is the address

of your emergency?

Waukesha County, I'm gonna transfer

over a caller on Big Bend.

That's a dead end

just south of Rivera.

Okay. He came upon a

12-year-old female.

She appears

to have been stabbed.

She appears to be what?

- Stabbed.

- Stabbed?

Correct.

On Saturday, May 31st, 2014,

at approximately 9:50 a.m.,

the Waukesha Police

Department was notified

by a concerned citizen

that a 12-year-old girl

was stabbed

in the area of Big Bend Road

in the city of Waukesha.

The stabbing brought a huge

police presence to the area,

a major search by ground and air

looking for two other girls.

Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser

are accused

of stabbing their friend

and leaving her for dead.

Weier and Geyser lured Payton

into the woods

Police say that's when Geyser,

holding the knife,

was told by Weier,

"Go ballistic, go crazy."

And what happened?

Payton said,

"Then she started."

Geyser began to stab

the 12-year-old,

as she screamed, 19 times

with a five-inch blade.

In the arms, legs, and torso.

One of the knife wounds

missed a major artery

near her heart

by just a millimeter.

Payton somehow survived.

She crawled out of those woods.

A bicyclist found her

on the sidewalk,

covered in blood

and begging for help.

When asked who attacked her,

she said, "My best friend."

Police say the suspects

were inspired by a character

on a website called Creepypasta,

a site filled

with scary stories.

Now, the story they followed

was about a character

called Slenderman.

A tall, fictional boogeyman

featured on Internet blogs.

Slenderman, a faceless ghoul

many parents have likely

never heard of.

If you don't know

who Slenderman is...

well, we didn't either,

but plenty of young kids do.

If you don't know who Slenderman

is, you live under a rock.

Who's that?

Run! Run! Run!

Oh my god, run! No, run!

- Oh my god!

- Oh my god!

Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser

were found walking

near the interstate.

They later told police

they planned to walk

to Slenderman's mansion.

Police say it's also who

the young suspects claimed

they wanted to please.

Anissa felt as though

she needed to prove

that Slenderman existed and would be

able to do that by killing somebody.

And Morgan said that her family

would be in danger if they didn't.

Prosecutors have charged

the girls as adults.

If convicted on the charges,

each 12-year-old faces

up to 65 years in prison.

Did it seem to you at any point

during your interview with Morgan

that she was remorseful

about what she had done?

Absolutely none.

Did she cry at all at any point

during your interview of her?

There was no emotion

from her at all.

Did you, after discussing

the incident itself,

have any conversation

with Payton

about how she felt about Morgan

and Anissa at this point?

She said that Morgan should go to

jail for the rest of her life...

and that Anissa should

go to jail too, but not as long

because she was involved

but she didn't stab her.

She just stood there

and watched.

Hi, Morgan.

Hi, Morgan.

Morgan was a surprise.

And I didn't know how to feel

about it at first...

but I knew that I loved her.

Yay!

And she changed

our lives drastically

and for the better.

Morgan's always been quirky,

and she's always marched

to the beat of her own drum.

Even from...

from little on...

she didn't care

what people think about her,

which I think is a wonderful trait,

especially for... for a girl.

Girls are usually so...

so self-conscious

and concerned about...

about what others think of them,

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