Beware the Slenderman is a quite creepy true-crime story of how real life horror can be influenced by online horror. The first Slenderman story was posted online in June 2009 and the character has quickly evolved to cult-like status, with there being countless stories, fan art, YouTube videos, and even video games about the Slenderman appearing online. However, even though such horror stories can be fun to tell around the virtual campfire, what happens when the stories are believed by a susceptible child, who can't tell the difference between reality and fiction?
While watching Beware the Slenderman, it is easy to find parallels between this film and Paradise Lost, both in terms of subject matter and the way the film is shot, complete with helicopter shots. The film delves equally into both the Slenderman mythology and the stabbing case itself, with the film featuring some very chilling videos of the two girls' police interrogation. Probably more tragic than the crime is the fact that these two girls influenced by the Slenderman mythology have now found themselves part of the legend itself.