Sony has released a new trailer for its horror film “Slender Man,” in which three friends try to find their missing pal.
They stumble upon Slender Man on the internet and try to summon the mysterious creature to find their best friend. Soon, they realize that the folktale is more than just a story, and everything goes horribly wrong.
“He gets in your head like a virus,” says one of the girls in the trailer. “Once you see him, you can’t unsee him.”
“Slender Man” is directed by Silvain White. It stars Joey King, Javier Botet, Annalise Basso, Julia Goldani Telles and Jaz Sinclair.
The Slender Man (or “Slenderman”) meme first originated on the Something Awful message board in 2009, then became an internet sensation with users sharing horror stories featuring the character, which is said to be responsible for the disappearance of countless children.
The meme became a real-life attempted murder case in 2014 when two Wisconsin girls stabbed one of their classmates as a sacrifice to the monster. Morgan Geyser and Weier lured Payton Leutner to a park in 2014, where Geyser stabbed her 19 times. The two said they believed they had to kill the classmate so they could become Slender Man’s servants and protect their own families. Leutner survived.
The case later became the subject of a 2017 HBO documentary “Beware the Slenderman” and inspired episodes of Syfy’s “Channel Zero” and NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.”
“Slender Man” hits theaters on August 10.
Watch the trailer above.