HBO’s Beware the Slenderman is a digital folklore culminating to a horrifying crime. A macabre fiction sprung to life – beware of this!
Eric Knudsen aka Victor Surge was merely submitting his fictional horror character to a forum, Something Awful. Nothing baroque, but a simple, unusually tall, sleek, faceless being clad in a black suit. This in turn paved way for an urban legend who goes by the name, Slenderman. Creepypasta provided a platform for Slenderman to make a name too. Beware the Slenderman features a Slenderman-affinity culminating in a dreadful attempt to murder.
Beware the Slenderman: Premise
The HBO series primarily revolves around the abominable acts by the 12-year-olds Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier. Case in point, Geyser and Weier were infatuated with the said fictional diabolical character. To satiate their appetite for fiendish fixations, the girls took to the internet. Once the Slenderman got the better of the girls, they yearned to get close to him.
Payton Leutnor, Geyser’s friend, became an easy target of the girls. They began planning Leutnor’s murder and took months long too. However, they set the ball rolling in the final week of May, 2014. The deranged duo lured Leutner into the woods and stabbed her a good 19 times and fled. Thanks to a cyclist passing by, Leutner made it on time to the hospital and lived.
Subsequently, the girls were apprehended, albeit, there’s a catch. Due to their mental instability and eccentric ideas and age, the trial wasn’t an easy one. After a lot of deliberation, the judge tried them as adults and imprisoned them for decades. Besides, it’s not the dead end for the case. Likewise incidents of mellow nature were reported sporadically, in the wake of the stabbings.
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Beware the Slenderman: Series
HBO documents the statements from the parties involved, including the parents. The convictions of the girls, their take on Slenderman and the trial features in the series. Needless to say, the message here is an entirely odd one. Slenderman paradox is the least of the problems in comparison to what the internet offers.
The undertone of the series delves heavily on internet’s power to warp the reality, reports Vox. The inability to distinct fantasy and reality gave way for such heinous acts. Also, Beware the Slenderman upholds what parents can do to curb such behavior in their children. Funny how the ‘fact is stranger than fiction’ finds an advocate in Slenderman.