Slender Man

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Slender Man

REVIEWS

For those uninitiated with the world of “creepypasta” (the term for internet-propagated urban legends), Slender Man is a gaunt, faceless figure who went viral earlier this decade, generating countless memes. It begs the question, will the movie be a hit?

The answer is a resounding no. Slender Man is a generic bogeyman flick best suited for background viewing at one of those teen sleepovers. In fact, it’s at a girls slumber party where a quartet of high-schoolers first decide to summon Slender Man online, mostly because they think some guy friends are doing the same thing (setting up a potentially scary plot twist the movie never follows through on).

“One week later,” as an ominous title tells us, Katie (Annalise Basso) mysteriously disappears, leaving Wren (The Conjuring’s Joey King), Hallie (Julia Goldani Telles) and Chloe (Jaz Sinclair) to confront the possibility that Slender Man is real and coming after them.

As they investigate, they have a tendency to explain obvious points to each other. One of them insists on denying what’s clearly happening to stretch out the film’s running time, and director Sylvain White stages an annoying number of it’s-only-a-dream hallucination scenes and “gotcha!” false alarms.

White and cinematographer Luca Del Puppo catch effective small-town-after-dark atmosphere in the early goings, even if the movie fails to understand that it’s the characters’ fixation on Slender Man – and not the phantom himself – that should be driving the terror.

Give this spooker a complete pass, unless you want a little fright at a sleepover, of course.

The bottom line
As thin as its internet-based stalker.

DETAILS

Slender Man
DirectorSylvain White
CastingJoey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair