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'Slender Man' movie will respect attack victim


Posted on Thursday, 9 August, 2018 | Comment icon 17 comments

Slender Man was invented on an Internet forum almost a decade ago. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 LuxAmber
The movie will not play in two counties out of respect for a girl who was almost killed by two teenagers.
The chilling incident, which occurred in 2014, saw Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12, lure one of their classmates out to a woodland park in Wisconsin before attempting to take her life.

The senseless attack was reportedly 'dedicated' to Slender Man - a fictitious entity invented on an Internet forum who typically appears as a very tall, thin individual with a black suit and no face.

The character has been the subject of numerous creepypasta stories over the last few years.

Now with the release of a new movie based on the Slender Man phenomenon, it has been reported that the film will not screen in Milwaukee or Waukesha counties out of respect for the victim.

"Like many people across the United States, Marcus Theaters was deeply concerned and saddened when the Slender Man phenomenon touched Southeastern Wisconsin in such a profound way, changing the lives of many families forever," the movie theater chain said in a statement.

"After careful consideration, and out of respect for those who were impacted, we have decided not to play the upcoming Slender Man movie in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties."

"We will show the film at select other Marcus Theatres locations."

Source: IGN.com | Comments (17)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Trenix on 9 August, 2018, 22:24
In a business standpoint, I'm sure people would watch the movie who live there especially after such an event to see what it's all about. People are generally curious. Anyway, if burglary happens in a county, should all movies with burglaries in them not played in movie theaters? Same with knife attacks? What about homicides? How far are we willing to go to keep our society babied and unaware of the reality? Civility, empathy? Where is the civility and empathy for those who want to watch the movie? The movie and concept did absolutely nothing, it was the mentally ill child. If it wasn't the sl... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Hawken on 9 August, 2018, 23:20
Maybe Slender Man should do commercials for Slim Fast...
Comment icon #10 Posted by UFO_Monster on 10 August, 2018, 20:41
Oh, they respected the attack victims alright. Audiences are the true victims. I would know because I saw it at noon today, and it wasn't the "funny" kind of bad I was hoping for. It was just boring.
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin on 10 August, 2018, 21:37
Huh... most respectful.
Comment icon #12 Posted by The Caspian Hare on 10 August, 2018, 23:40
Seems kind of pointless in the internet/streaming video age...
Comment icon #13 Posted by rashore on 11 August, 2018, 15:41
That was rather considerate on the behalf of Marcus Theaters to opt not to show the movie in the communities impacted by the crime. To my understanding, Payton's father has been objectionable to the movie ever since Sony announced it was going to make it.
Comment icon #14 Posted by GlitterRose on 11 August, 2018, 16:47
I can understand why the parents weren't happy about the movie, and why those particular theaters decided not to show it. Sometimes people capitalize on tragedies.  Slenderman was just a creepypasta, but then it became associated with this tragedy.  It's kind of like how Five Nights at Freddy's seems to be based off of actual murders that happened at a Chuck E. Cheese. I guess no one could prove that's what inspired the game, but if it did...it would be pretty s****y to make a video game out of it. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by rashore on 11 August, 2018, 17:03
I can understand it too... Sony went ahead with plans to do the movie before the case on the attempted murder was even completely closed. It was only a few months ago (December and February) that the attackers were sentenced. Sony hit the timing hard on this one. Though it is something to note that HBO released their Beware the Slenderman weeks before Sony announced their movie, and there has been a release of of a documentary, A Self-Induced Hallucination, earlier this year. At least with Five Nights at Freddy's is that if it's based in part off the actual crime- they waited a couple decades ... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by highdesert50 on 13 August, 2018, 20:59
Emotion over logic?  A society is judged by how it treats and shows compassion for those who cannot protect or fend for themselves. "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Ghandi
Comment icon #17 Posted by Kota on 14 August, 2018, 7:21
It almost seems a little too soon for Hollywood to capitalise.. maybe that’s just me though, I know plenty of movies have been made about true crimes but this is still so recent if that makes sense, like the victim is still a young teenager  


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