Beware the Slenderman (2016)
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While Beware the Slenderman isn't an easy watch-and will undoubtedly inspire anxiety and panic in some viewers, particularly parents-it's a worthy one that helps make sense of a senseless crime.
Harnessing the simplicity and reach of the Internet is an appropriate technique for this doc, because it's about just that. But using Skype is also a genius tip for any doc maker on a budget. Which is every doc maker.
With no artist in play, it becomes clear how fallacious it is to pin the blame on artists for the actions of disturbed individuals who consumed their art at all.
Brodsky's film has multiple goals, and might have been better served by a docu-series like Netflix's Making a Murderer, given how much it attempts to tackle.
Irene Taylor Brodsky's documentary is mostly a straightforward, inevitably engrossing true-crime tale.
Audience Reviews for Beware the Slenderman
Having had a preexisting interest in video games, and having played the game the documentary is based on firsthand, the first poster for Beware the Slenderman caught my attention. It centers on a case in Wisconsin where two 12 year old girls stabbed another girl 19 times because they thought the Slenderman was going to kill their families if they didn't. Hearing the kids and the court describe what happened in the woods, down to the bloody details, was extremely unsettling. It's not very often you come by documentaries that disturb on this level. What made it so interesting was the slow reveal towards why they were motivated to commit the crime. On the downside, there's something also equally unsettling about seeing the parents of these kids cry in front of a camera. Albeit, the court case itself was publicized in the media. Aside from being a very interesting subject, the film works best as promoting awareness for the mental illnesses it documents, while simultaneously showing us how easy it is to access horrific and graphic stories like the (mythical) Slenderman.
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