Going through Making A Murderer withdrawals? Got the shakes because you’ve already posted all of your undeniable proof that Steven Avery didn’t kill Teresa Halbach? Well HBO has got you with a new true crime documentary about the mythical monster known as Slenderman.
On June 8th, 2009, a paranormal pictures photoshop contest was launched on the Something Awful Forums. User Victor Surge, whose real name is Eric Knudsen, posted two black and white photographs of a tall and lanky creature wearing a black suit named “Slender Man,” who stalked children. Slender Man has a blank face and has tentacle-like appendages protruding from his back. Slender Man was quickly embraced by the Internet and the urban legend was born.
Then in 2014, two 12-year-old girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, lured their friend into the woods of Waukesha, Wisconsin. The two girls then stabbed their 12-year-old friend 19 times, to the point she came within inches of death. They later claimed they committed the horrific murder in the name of Slender Man and that they needed to do so to prove he’s real, and so the mythological creature wouldn’t kill their families. Both girls have been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
HBO is making a true crime documentary based on those stabbings called Beware the Slenderman.
Here is the official synopsis:
“Shot over 18 months with heartbreaking access to the families of the would-be murderers, the film plunges deep down the rabbit hole of their crime, a Boogeyman and our society’s most impressionable consumers of media. The entrance to the internet can quickly lead us to its dark basement, within just a matter of clicks. How much do we hold children responsible for what they find there?”
The documentary will be directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for The Final Inch and won an Emmy in 2004 for Heart of the Country. Brodsky got exclusive access to the families for over 18 months to create Beware the Slenderman.
Beware the Slenderman debuts at SXSW premiere on March 11, but no official date has been released as to when it will be on HBO. But you can check out the official poster.
In the meantime, here’s nine other mind-blowing true crime documentaries to watch if you love Making A Murderer.