“He gets into your head … like a virus,” says one of the tormented girls in the trailer, which includes, among other head-messing images, a scalpel cutting an eyeball, lots of worms and, of course, a very slender man.
Sony’s film is set in a small town in Massachusetts, where, says the logline, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of the title character. When one of the girls mysteriously goes missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, his latest victim.
The cast includes Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso and Javier Botet. White directs from a script by David Birke, based on a character by Victor Surge. Producers are Bradley J. Fischer, James Vanderbilt, William Sherak, Robyn Meisinger and Sarah Snow.
The spooky “Slenderman” meme took some of the heat for various violent incidents and suicide attempts during the past four years, often involving teenage girls and knives; the teens and/or their attorneys say the acts were inspired by the ghostly viral figure. Just last month, a Wisconsin teenager was sentenced to up to 25 years in a mental institution for the 2014 Slenderman-related stabbing death of a 12-year-old friend.
The very fictional Slender Man hits theaters May 18. Take a look at the trailer above, and here’s the new poster: