The Internet Phenomenon Hits The Big Screen
The “Slenderman” has been an urban legend since it was born in June 2009. The creator: artist Eric Knudsen, going under the nom de plume Victor Surge, on an online forum called Something Awful.
The story has since influenced everything from Halloween costumes to video games to documentaries. It also, allegedly, inspired a pair of very real pre-teen girls to stab their classmate. Their trials are set to start this year.
Here’s everything you need to know about the creepy cultural touchstone.
In 2009, the web forum Something Awful held a contest challenging users to edit everyday photographs to appear paranormal.
Knudsen submitted two black-and-white photos of children with a newly-created “Slenderman” character lurking in their backgrounds.
Unlike many other fictional characters, Slenderman isn’t seen as having a single creator.
Therefore, he has no official canon; his appearance, motives and abilities differ depending on the storyteller. Here’s an interpretation by gamemaker Parsec Productions.
Director: Sylvain White