One of the biggest pop culture myths of our time is that of the Slender Man, and now the story has been adapted for the big screen in a horror film that looks set to terrify even the biggest junkies of the horror genre. This week, an awesome and eerie new trailer for the movie has been released, showcasing some of the scares we should expect when the flick hits the big screen. Check it out below:

Following four high school girls, Slender Man takes place in a small Massachusetts town, where the youngsters think they can debunk the lore of the legend once and for all. When one of the group goes missing however, the remaining trio begin to suspect that she has in fact become his latest victim. From that point, their haunting begins, and Slender Man proves he’s not just a figment of some wild teenager’s imagination.

Directed by Sylvain White and written by David Birke, Slender Man stars Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso and Javier Botet. Mythology’s Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, and William Sherak join Madhouse’s Robyn Meisinger and No Dream’s Sarah Snow as producers.

Though the movie’s not yet been released, it has already been hit with some criticism because of what was called the ‘Slender Man Stabbing’ in Waukesha County, Wisconsin back in 2014. That crime saw Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser attack their “friend” Payton Leutner, after luring her into the woods and stabbing her 19 times in a bid to impress the fictional Slender Man.

Fortunately, Payton was able to crawl to a road and be found, spending six days in the hospital before making a recovery. Both Weier and Geyser were found not guilty by reason of insanity, and so were instead convicted and sentenced to long periods in mental health institutions.

Weier’s father Bill Weier has said that the making of this Hollywood film is “extremely distasteful”, and has advised his local movie theatres not to screen the movie.

Thankfully, Slender Man doesn’t look to be a reimagining of the events that took place back in 2014, and is instead a supernatural horror when the character actually exists. For that reason, we can’t wait to see the film later this year.

Slender Man comes to cinemas across the UK on August 24, 2018.

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