A new trailer is out for HBO’s and director Irene Taylor Brodsky’s upcoming documentary feature “Beware The Slenderman”. The internet phenomenon was a disturbing fringe meme about an ‘Internet boogeyman’ for several years.
Ultimately it had startlingly real consequences following a murder in which two twelve-year-old girls lured their best friend into the woods, stabbed her nineteen times, then set out on an odyssey to meet the tall and faceless man to prove he was real.
The doco was shot over eighteen months with heartbreaking access to the families of the would-be murderers. It explores not just the death but the consequences of what happens when young people can’t sort out the difference between reality and fantasy online.
“Beware The Slenderman” will screen next at DOC NYC and hits HBO on January 23rd.