What the official synopsis tells us is this:
“In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, his latest victim.”
…but what internet savvy horror heads know (and these days, that’s all of us) is that Sony’s new teen fright fest is rooted in the digital age campfire tale that is the Slender Man, a kind of group-authored ghost story born in the bowels of the Something Awful message boards that, appropriately enough, has taken on a life of its own and spilled the banks of the internet. Basically a faceless, unnaturally thin (Doug Jones has played him!) malevolent spook who stalks and kills unwary teens in the standard fashion, Slender Man is a supernatural serial killer for the snapchat generation, and has become the mascot of a whole new subgenre of horror and dark fantasy, and has inspired at least one attempted murder.
Which means that the new movie, directed by French genre specialist Sylvain White (I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, The Losers), has a lot to live up to. Starring Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, and Javier Botet, Slender Man is in cinemas from August 23, 2018.