Lurking in the shadows of the Internet, a faceless modern-day bogeyman has attracted the attention and fear of a young generation who whisper his name online. Slenderman lives on the dark pages of the web, where impressionable youth create and cultivate his mythos in message boards, YouTube clips and various other digital incantations. But the online fairy tale becomes a shocking real-life horror as two 12-year-old girls, guided by their devotion to Slenderman, lure their friend into the woods to attempt a seemingly inexplicable, brutal murder. From the depths of one the Internet’s most unsettling creations to the court case that must consider the consequences, Beware the Slenderman brings to light questions of accountability in an age where young, growing minds are only a few clicks away from creating and consuming something that may influence them to commit unspeakable crimes.

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  • janina-roze
    janina roze

    Beware The Slenderman is a documentary that focuses on the true story of two girls who killed there friend all because of the faceless internet stalker Slender Man. This came on Sky yesterday and I was so thrilled and excited to watch it because well it’s about Slender Man. Little did I know I was wrong,this documentary had nothing to do with Slender Man that much it was just about two young girls that stabbed a girl because they thought they could live with Slender Man..idiots. In the name of god,who believes that Slender exists,he was made on the internet. But I didn’t mind this documentary it was just I thought it was going to be about Slender but it wasn’t so I was just a bit sad that’s all..I also hope someone makes a actual famous slender man movie,I heard there’s one coming out in 2018,fingers crossed

  • cindy-garza
    cindy garza

    I was disappointed with this documentary. I wanted to learn what happened with the girls who stabbed their friend but way too much of the documentary was about Slenderman, luckily I could fast forward through all those parts. If they removed all the stuff about Slenderman I would have given this a much higher rating.

  • amy-kennedy
    amy kennedy

    Feels like a movie made by adults who’s afraid by the youth of today and things they don’t understand l, like “computers” and “internet” and all things creepy like “rock and roll” yawn.

  • sune-davidsson
    sune davidsson

    I found this to be a well done documentary that effectively portrayed our society the way it is today. The film glossed over the plight of the victim just as these girls did, and we expect them to show empathy? Did the filmmakers?It’s true kids are overexposed to a lot of things on the internet, but when HAVEN’T kids been exposed to awful things? Just look at the history of the world!! It is RIFE with horrific wars, oppression, persecution, poverty, death…children have always been exposed to these things.The justice system is ridiculous. Trying 6th graders as adults, questioning their beliefs and labeling them mentally ill at age 12 when the brain isn’t even developed? There’s a reason we don’t diagnose psychopathy until age 18.I’m not excusing what these girls did. Its horrific. But why are we so baffled? Wars have been raging for millennia, and even in the 21st century society ADULTS are killing each other in the name of “beliefs,” which are quite honestly no less rational than internet demons.Seriously.

  • bogdanna-shvaika
    bogdanna shvaika

    First of all, I agree that the title is misleading. I’m sure that most people watching this expect to see a documentary about the Slender Man and the mythos behind it. Well sorry guys, it is more than that.I found this documentary to be absolutely fascinating and disturbing at the same time. Sure it’s long winded, but the subject matter about childhood schizophrenia is something we all need to take notice of.In essence, this documentary is about the shock of mass media given to children at a very susceptible young age. Even one of the mothers said early on, ‘I wish I hadn’t given her an iPad’.Maybe the other reviewers here already have their tablets in front of them and are reticent to admit the fact that it has already taken over their own lives.The internet has grown exponentially out of proportion with creative input, and it is getting hard these days to whittle out what is real and what is fiction. No other generation has had this much information coming at them this fast before they are ready for it.I think every parent should see this documentary, and then maybe re- evaluate their choices. Don’t just throw at tablet at your child as their only means of social growth (I see everyday a lot of lazy parents that use it for a baby sitting tool, because they can’t be assed to do it themselves).But that all said, my partner was diagnosed schizophrenic when she was a child (it’s true, it can come from your genetic background, but it’s up to the parents to be smart enough to know).So this is a great case study for people that may have children with the same disposition.Although one message left me haunted. The children are ‘given’ an iPad (not just a tablet) in elementary school..

  • maija-erkkila
    maija erkkila

    It was pretty boring, especially at the end. The makers could present the psychological and cultural effect much more interesting and accurate. This film is very amateurish and doesn’t have a concept. Though this theme is really important to me.

  • ingrida-prieditis
    ingrida prieditis

    Theres nothing exceptional about the film making, overall it’s a relatively bland documentary- however, because the topic is so very interesting, theres no way the documentary can end up being boring. It ends up being more of an informative video than an involving documentary, but that’s OK.

  • winfried-geissler
    winfried geissler

    I kinda enjoyed this but this should have been about the victim Payton and the girls I almost fell asleep it was boring me so much and I like Slender Man and I even know that he’s not real and I still can’t believe that those two girls thought he was real!

  • prof-hubert-gutknecht
    prof hubert gutknecht

    Today is the day I just heard about Slenderman (these kids were right, I live in a cave) and I was shocked how it affected people on the internet. And there’s always a reason behind every tragedy and sometimes it’s emotional. This movie is my appetizer for next watch: Slender Man.

  • beth-moyer
    beth moyer

    “Beware the Slenderman” (2016 release; 115 min.) is a true-crime documentary. As the movie opens, we are told it is “Waukesha, WI – May 31, 2014”, and the police are coming out en masse after a 12 yr. old girl is found stabbed and in critical condition. It’s not long before we understand that the girl was stabbed 19 times by two other 12 yr. old girls, apparently to appease a certain Slenderman. What happened here exactly? At this point we are 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the ‘plot’ would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.Couple of comments: this is the latest from writer-producer-director (and veteran documentarian) Irene Taylor Brodsky. She traces the lives of Morgan and Anissa and how they eventually planned to kill their friend Bella, and why. The movie does a good job giving those of us not familiar with the Slenderman phenom what it’s all about, and how this may have influenced these young girls into doing what they did. One of the key legal issues is whether the girls should be tried as adults or not. The best part of the movie for me is the extensive footage taken from the (separate) interviews of the girls the day they are apprehended. You can’t make this stuff up, just absolutely amazing. There are also extensive interviews with the parents, none of whom had any clue whatsoever that something might not be right with these girls. And then there are the multiple psychiatrists who pitch in whether this involves delusional disorder or even schizophrenia. Yes, for 12 year old kids! My only complaint is that, at about 2 hours, the documentary is a bit too long for its own good. Tighter editing could’ve easily trimmed 15 min. or so without losing any of the essence of this fascinating true-crime documentary.The documentary originally aired on HBO in early 2017, but thankfully I found this in the HBO On Demand library just the other day. Beware: filming for the documentary concluded (roughly) at the end of 2015, so the movie is frankly a little bit out of date by now, and I ended up searching on-line what became of all this in the last 3 years. Other than that, I was transfixed by “Beware of Slenderman”.

  • irina-adownts
    irina adownts

    Way too long …. no mention of the victim . The perpetrators father is a diagnosed schizophrenic, and a serious nut bag. I guess it never occurred to them that their offspring might be affected? Idiots …..

  • hana-duskova
    hana duskova

    I think these girls knew exactly what they were doing and just thought they could get away with it! Kids are much smarter than given credit. They have the knowledge but are still unable to make good decisions. They deserve long prison sentences. I think they had some grudge or were angry that Peyton was much prettier and more popular. They thought the whole thing out for months. If they really didn’t want to do it, they would have confided In someone. All I can say is if they were really that stupid at 12 years old, they still should be locked away forever.

  • birznieks-rolands
    birznieks rolands

    The film, like others have said, overstays its welcome. The long section on the history of urban folklore is unnecessary. In the directors’ defense, they do state that the victim’s family refused to be part of the film. They did not ignore Payton’s family, geez.The film spends a little more time on Anissa than Morgan. Both of these chicks are mentally ill. At one point, we hear a phone call between Anissa and her family. Anissa is quickly taking on the masculine tone of the typical overweight American “woman.” She sounds like she is enjoying jail, like it’s just another playground.Anissa’s grandmother gives us the real whammy in the end by claiming it’s cruel for the court to treat them this way because they were “truthful” about what they did, and now they’re being “punished” for it.Well, at least we have a clue about where one of the two little psychopaths gets her mental illness from.As for the parents, you can only feel bad for them.

  • federico-monica-rosales-briseno
    federico monica rosales briseno

    This documentary is an interesting look into how a supernatural internet meme can influence young minds. In this case, 2 young girls were convinced that an an internet creation, Slenderman, made them stab fellow classmate in the woods. The documentary delves into the mental illness and how dangerous unsupervised internet can be for susceptible minds. I also took away how unprepared the court / prison systems can be when dealing with mental issues and how there is no real rehabilitation process in place – these young girls can only have 2 contact visits with their family each month. There are some genuinely creepy parts – especially the part where one of the girls tells her family that the “others” decide what she watches on TV in her cell at night even though she is kept in solitary confinement.However a bit too long and one sided – the 2 girls are not really the victim

  • jayden-phillips
    jayden phillips

    Over the past years, a horror stories website call ‘Creepypasta’, has given us, some of the biggest scares; ranging from tales of ‘Jeff the Killer’ to ‘Ted the Caver’. However, none of them, have had, much of an impact, as ‘the Slender Man’, has. Originally, as an odd photo entry in an old school Photoshop contest by the ‘Something Awful’ comedy forums in 2009. Eric Knudsen AKA Victor Surge’s creation has grown to become, an internet phenomenon, appearing in fan art, video games, literature, and even a couple of short films. Described as a tall, thin man with a blank face and tentacle-like arms. Urban legend maintains that Slenderman preys on children and has teleportation powers. While, most people, including children, understood that that mysterious being was not real. It didn’t stop, two 12 year girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier from stabbing their friend, Payton “Bella” Leutner to prove critics and skeptic wrong, about his existence in 2014. Without spoiling, too much of it, this HBO documentary directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky, hope to explain, how, this tragic event came to be, and the results from it. For the most part, I have to say, this documentary indeed, was captivating. I like, how the film explore the internet mythos of the creature, and what made the make-believe being, so popular. I also, love, how the film, dig deep into the mental health of the two girls and why they thought, murdered, was the gateway to contacting the mythical creature. However, the film is without a few flaws. One of the biggest complains, about the film, is how much time, is spent on, building a defense case for the girls, by not guilty, by reason of insanity, and little time is spent on the opinions from the prosecutors. Even, the victim and her family was not interviewed. Because of that, the film does feel, a bit one-sided, in a plea of insanity. Regardless, of the facts, if the girls were truly insane or not, the film does tend to have two much, interviews with the parents of the two perpetrators; that it seems like there is a lot of repetition statements, being said, throughout the documentary, without much of anything new, being stated. It really does hurt the pacing of the film. It’s bad, enough that the film intercuts dumb short, internet videos into the documentary that could be, cut, a little bit. After all, what does, a video about the worst toaster in the world, has to do or a guy making a sandwich, and flushing it, down the toilet, have to do with anything? Those two, don’t really help, one bit, in showing the disturbing and foretelling signs of the girls, or their compassion side. Another problem, with the film is the fact that the case was not yet, resolved, when filming, started. Perhaps, if the film-maker waited for the trial to end, and the sentence, given. We could had a better all-around conclusion on what was going on. Besides the case, the film doesn’t really explain, in detail, who Slenderman truly is. One of the biggest things, they didn’t mention, was the fact that, graphic violence and body horror are very uncommon in a Slender Man story, with many narratives choosing to leave the fate of his victims obscure or unknown. I guess, the movie cut that fact, out, to make it, seem like the girls and the Slender Man stories, were more connected. Even, some of the videos and literature, that the movie uses as visual and hearing aids was in fact, not relate to the Creepypasta lore. One good example of this, is footage from 2011’s ‘Watcher’ series. Also, I hate the fact that this movie didn’t get an interview with creator, Eric Knudsen or anybody from Creepypasta. It could been nice to see, what they thought about the stabbings. Also, call it, nitpicking, but I though the film could had been stronger, if it introduce other incidents in the story, like the 2014’s Port Richey arson, and 2015’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, attempt suicide pact. To make it seem, less isolated. Overall: While, I wouldn’t put this HBO documentary, anywhere near being call, a masterpiece. I do think, some of the critics, here, have underrated it, due to its one-sided message. In the end, while, this movie does have flaws, it also indeed shows that real life is as spooky as and stranger than fiction. In the end, I seen worst documentaries than this. This one is nowhere near those awful levels. This chilling insight look at the dark side of the digital age is worth checking out. It will give you, nightmares.

  • nemeth-m-julianna
    nemeth m julianna

    This film is a joke,a sick joke at that. The majority of it is a bunch of memes put together and it contains irrelevant material to the case- they don’t even cover how in the wrong the girls were. The ring leader of the situation is a textbook sociopath but they claimed there was nothing wrong with her (and ‘support their claim’ by saying she killed animals and was emotionless about the situation before the stabbing). There is no thought behind this,none what so ever they jumbled Marble Hornets and Tribe Twelve material altogether and describe it as some kind of cult. They blame the internet for what the girls did,but this is simply an extreme case of fanatics being fanatics. I hope the actual victim of the situation is okay and justice is served rightfully.

  • levko-sliusar
    levko sliusar

    I think the trailer for this documentary were VERY misleading. I was so disappointed, mostly because it doesn’t focus on the victim, or even, Slenderman for that matter. I felt that it was basically a forum for the suspects’ families to try and justify the actions of these evil little girls. I mean, watching the interviews of the girls left me speechless at how they didn’t have an OUNCE of remorse. Then, the worst part, was the interview of the grandmother of one of the girls. In my opinion, this did nothing except display at the ignorance of the parents. HBO usually kills it with documentaries in general, such as “There’s something wrong with Aunt Diane”. That’s a awesome film. But, if you want to know more about the “Skenderman stabbing” case, watch 48 hrs.

  • vlasova-glafira-eldarovna
    vlasova glafira eldarovna

    The part of this doc that explores the Slenderman myth, its history on the Internet, and its deep roots in folklore is intelligent, stylish, and very much worth watching.The other part of this doc is shockingly naive. It tells the story of two 12-year old girls who lure another young girl into the woods, stab her 19 times, and leave her for dead. The doc would have us believe that these girls are innocents. It takes the attitude that these girls, who at the time of the crime were 12-yeas old not 7-years old, believed in the Slenderman and that their abject fear of him made them do it. It’s pretty obvious from evidence in this very doc that one of these girls, the one who did all the stabbing, is a textbook psychopath who was out for her first thrill kill and that she convinced her weak-willed flunky to come along for the ride. Why the filmmakers don’t acknowledge this and why they don’t explore this idea in relation to the Slenderman myth is puzzling. I found this aspect of the doc really frustrating.Still, I did like the folklore part, so I’d rate this as half good.

  • michael-lee
    michael lee

    It seems to me most of the people who don’t like this movie feel that way simply because they think these girls are “evil”. I DO have sympathy for these girls because I am very familiar with schizophrenia and schizo-typo mental disorders, and can see beyond the black/white dichotomy of good and evil that people like to cling to. I thought the interviews with the parents were crucial in establishing the mind-frame of the kids at the time, as well as showing the guilt and anguish that a parent feels in the aftermath of your child committing a brutal crime. Never did I feel like the film was excusing the horrific nature of the crime, but trying to draw out how it ended up happening in the first place.I know that people have voiced criticism that there was little on the victim – that is because the victim’s family declined to participate (totally within their rights, and totally understandable). But the fact of the matter is, with cases like these, the important part is to study the perpetrators — how do you prevent horrors like this from happening if you don’t understand HOW they came to happen? Personally, I thought the section about urban folklore, and how it can multiply rapidly on the internet to be really interesting. I’m a true crime doc, and I thought this was well done.

  • christina-johnson
    christina johnson

    Beware the Slenderman is a fascinating documentary exploring the tragic stabbing of a young girl by two of her friends. The young girls became infatuated with a fictional online character (Slenderman) and believe they must kill their friend Bella or the Slenderman will kill their families. Crazy right? Well yes, but lets get to know why… and that is exactly what Irene Brodsky (director) does. The documentary gives an insight into the act of killing, the repercussions, the crazy US justice system, the effects on family and friends and the ​issues of mental illness in children. I imagine the victims family did not want to be interview for the film but I would of been interested to contrast the families pain after this awful event.The film is careful ​about how it challenges the​se​ subjects​,​ however does so by showing the very real and heartbreaking story of this particular case. The film is well made, brilliantly directed and challenges how we view and ‘treat’ mental illness. A lot of people might of been excepting a rubbish horror movie when they saw the title of this film but I can assure you this film is far more scary, distressing​ but an important watch.

  • michael-evans
    michael evans

    While the documentary seeks to explore several themes around mental health, modern folklore, bullying, and modern technology’s role in adolescent development and parenting it seldom finds a coherent thread to pull them together in any meaningful way. The film starts interestingly enough exploring the story of two adolescent girls who are pending trial as adults for the attempted murder of their friend. This in and of itself would make for a compelling case study on mandatory laws surrounding the subject of violent crimes committed by minors. Add to that the fact that the girls committed this act to gain the favor of a modern fictional boogeyman named Slenderman, and we now have the potential for an even more compelling discussion around mental health, the internet’s influence on child development, modern parenting and any number of related topics. Unfortunately, this is where the narrative seems to stall with the filmmakers doing little more than exploring the folklore of Slenderman and how the girls’ mutual status as outsiders may have led them to seek acceptance through belief in the fictional being. Though the filmmakers make several attempts to explore other themes including mental health (which arguably should be the central narrative), they seldom make it past a cursory examination of the facts as they exist, and attempt to draw little to no conclusion about how these facts should influence the outcome of the still pending trial. Perhaps this stance, or lack there-of, is out of respect for the victim in this tragic case, which is surprisingly absent through most of the discussion. The result however, is a story that would be thought provoking as a 30 minute true-crime new story, but feels a bit drawn out as the handful of facts are repeated ad nauseum, rarely digging past the surface of any single topic.

  • dr-feryas-gulen-akdeniz
    dr feryas gulen akdeniz

    It’s like there wasn’t even a victim in this story. So sad. You would have thought the two criminals were the victims. I kept waiting to see a statement about how the victim and her family declined to participate. It never came. Their voices were so painfully absent. All tangled up in all the wrong things.Overall it was certainly interesting, even captivating. But I found myself wanting so badly to hear from poor Payton. The only victim, along with her loved ones.It will be interesting to see how it all turns out.All the details about how internet myths start was so scary. And how kids are being raised now is scariest of all.

  • christophe-bonnin
    christophe bonnin

    Beware of the Slenderman was well-received at its world premiere at Austin’s SXSW Film Festival. It is a true crime story about two 12-year-old girls who attempt to kill another young girl. The film, which will be broadcast in the near future on HBO. They are telling an intriguing story, but they try to tell too many stories. It seems obvious from the beginning that the girls are suffering from severe mental illness and that’s the primary explanation for their violent behavior. Their behavior appears to be linked to mythic internet creature called Slenderman. Some of the most intellectual parts are their explorations of myth and folklore and how people come to rely on them. But then they seem to want to blame mental illness on misuse of the Internet. They don’t seem to realize that there are mentally ill people who acted out violently long before there was the Internet. Long before “Slenderman” there were young people with psychological issues. And then spend a lot of time talking to the kids’ troubled parents who feel responsible. And they explore the court procedures around their story. And they keep going on and on. They can’t really figure out what story they are telling. At two hours the film simply goes on too long and goes off on too many tangents. They repeat their themes over and over without really getting that far. In the end, they could have told this troubling story a lot better and lot more simply. It is still an entertaining story, but it could have been a lot better.

  • pestov-epifan-aleksandrovich
    pestov epifan aleksandrovich

    Others have summarized this documentary far better than I can. I will just reiterate that the movie is far too long. There is a lengthy description of folklore and horror stories, which could have been cut down considerably. Then there are the interviews with the parents of the two perpetrators, which also could have been cut down. It seems like there is a lot of repetition.This movie could have been tightened up and submitted as a short- subject documentary, and I think it would have been better. I did like the courtroom sequences; however, the cases are not yet resolved. Perhaps the film-maker could have waited another six months to give the story a better conclusion? Obviously the appeals are going to drag on for years, but at least show the audience the outcome of the trials, which apparently are taking place in the spring of 2017.I also would have liked to have heard from the victim, or a member of the victim’s family.

  • luana-tomescu
    luana tomescu

    It seems as though the victim in this, Payton Leutner, is just a footnote to this story. She was talked about very little, almost as if she were just some random classmate. I kept waiting to hear from her or her family, and when I didn’t, I waited for a disclaimer that they didn’t want to be interviewed, but neither happened. The film portrayed a lot of sympathy for the girls, and I have none. They had planned out this attack. Even at 12 years old, you know killing someone is wrong. But watching their families go on and on about how hard it was to be without their daughters and how it was so upsetting, it is easy to see why the girls themselves were so self-centered. They showed no remorse for killing her whatsoever. This film could have been so much better. What a disappointment.