It’s not receiving the strongest reception….
Slender Man reportedly faced huge cuts before it made it to cinemas, after the film was branded “extremely disrespectful”.
The horror film is set for UK release at the end of the month and tells the story of the titular villain- who was spawned from an internet meme in 2009.
But its claimed that the film’s dark content put it at direct odds with Sony – who stepped in as the film neared cinema release and cut a wide range of scenes in order for it to meet the constraints of a PG-13 certificate.
According to BloodyDisgusting, their fears were also heightened when the very concept of the film was criticised by the father of a girl who violently attacked a classmate after being inspired by the fictional character.
Bill Weier, whose 12-year-old daughter, Anissa, stabbed another girl, criticised the movie earlier this year after a trailer was released online.
“It’s absurd they want to make a movie like this,” he told the Associated Press.
“It’s popularizing a tragedy, is what it’s doing. I’m not surprised, but in my opinion it’s extremely distasteful. All we’re doing is extending the pain all three of these families have gone through.”
Weier’s daughter, who is now 16, was sentenced to 25 years in a mental institution last month for the near-fatal crime. She claimed that she wanted to please Slender Man with the attack.
It seems that the cuts could be directly impacting the quality of the film too – after critics savaged the “incomplete picture”.
Newsweek’s Andrew Whalen wrote: “Slender Man is stuffed with bad Photoshops, children’s sketches and whatever other cruft they could dig up online to populate the walls and diaries of its characters. It feels like a misguided effort at fan service, but has the effect of undermining any possibility of tonal control over the aesthetic of its monster. “
Slender Man hits UK cinemas on August 24.