Beware the Slenderman (2016) Movie Review

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Beware the Slenderman (2016)

2016 | R | Crime, Documentary, Biography
114 minutes / 1h 54min

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Beware the Slenderman Plot 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.

Beware the Slenderman (2016) Review

Beware the Slenderman (2016) is a 1h 57-min American crime documentary that contains Slenderman, stabbing, interrogation, mental illness, schizophrenia, and attempted murder. Director Irene Taylor Brodsky (Hear and Now (2007), The Final Inch (2009), Saving Pelican 895 (2011), One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp (2014)) did an excellent job exploring the legend of Slenderman. Slenderman’s legend has been heard by many people in various ways as his creepy stories can be found easily on the internet. Some people believes that Slenderman is fictitious where others believe otherwise.

Beware of Slenderman revolves around Slenderman, who is thought to be an evil person that is more than a story that is used to scare children. Two 12-year-old girls stabbed one of their friends numerous times in the woods in their little town in Wisconsin, but the victim did not die and crawled away leaving a blood trail along the way on May 31st, 2014. Someone rescued her leaving their town incredibly shocked of the hideous acts from the little girls as they claimed that they did it for the faceless figure Slenderman so that they can impress him and become proxies of him. The real video police interrogations hours after the stabbing of the girls separately, interviews with their parents and court testimonies reveals the unnerving horrifying details of the case.

The documentary did a great job exploring the myth (origin/popularity) of Slenderman so people who are unaware of the story can quickly get aboard. The testimonies with the two girls were chilling as the police officers interrogate the girls. The interview with the parents was painstakingly heart-wrenching to hear and watch.

Beware the Slenderman is a highly well-developed movie with real-life documentaries that was beautifully filmed with the right amount of creepiness. I applaud the film crew for explaining the events of the crime to us and why they did it. I was disgusted by the thought that a twelve-year-old can be so impressionable from materials on the internet and carry on a hideous crime such as taking the life of someone. The ending of the movie/documentary left us with all questions we may have answered.

  • Beware the Slenderman Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.81
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.2

About Beware the Slenderman 2016

Title: Beware the Slenderman
Year: 2016
Runtime: 114 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Crime, Documentary, Biography
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.41/5 stars from 4,707 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 4,707
MPAA Rating: R
Beware the Slenderman Cast Starring: Deborah Collins, Thom Moerman, Maggie, Melody Weier, Richard Dawkins, Shelly Fisher, Matan Gavish, Morgan Geyser, Jacqueline Woolley, Andrew J. Neis, Anissa Weier, Hope, Angie Geyser, Michael Caldwell, Kenneth Casimir, Bill Weier, Dianna Niesen, Michael O. Bohren, Robert Niesen, Michelle Trussoni, Brooke Lundbohm, Kristi Weier, Kenneth Robbins, Payton Leutner, Nicole Simon, Trevor J. Blank, Donna Joan Bennett, Brad Kim, Matt Geyser, Jack Zipes
Beware the Slenderman Writers: NA
Beware the Slenderman Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Production: Vermilion Films
Language: English
Country: USA