HBO recently released the trailer for its next true-crime documentary, Beware the Slenderman.
This upcoming documentary tells the true story of the 2014 stabbing of a 12-year-old girl in Wisconsin by two of her classmates. The two accused girls told authorities that they did it to appease the Slender Man.
The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that is depicted as a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and featureless face, wearing a black suit. Stories about him feature stalking, abducting, or traumatizing people, especially children.
The Slender Man originated from a photoshop contest in the Something Awful Internet forum, where users were challenged to edit everyday photos to appear paranormal.
The Beware the Slenderman true-crime documentary trailer (below) is just as creepy as the story suggests. This documentary sheds some light on questions of accountability in an age where young minds are finding influences online that may lead them to commit unspeakable crimes.
Will you be watching when Beware the Slenderman premieres on Jan. 23?