The Slenderman Phenomenon

edited November 2017 in General Discussion Posts: 19,339
I have been watching yet another documentary on these 'creatures' ,and the hysteria it created online and off,and the killings it sparked was incredible.

Black suit,no face,white skin,tentacles that can strangle,occassionally .

Anybody,i would think mainly our cousins across the pond in the US,have any experiences regarding this ?

At least,it is a fantastic example of 'mass hysteria' spread by the internet,leading to real killings.
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  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    It became popular from this game.
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    But the Silent Hill games were damn scary ,especially 2,3,4 that I played,and it doesn't cause this much hysteria...what caused it ?
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    I can't say for certain but when that Slender game came out, Every youtuber and their mother played it and it was just a huge overnight sensation. A bit like the Five Nights at Freddy's games though thankfully nobody has killed anyone in the name of that game.
  • CASINOROYALECASINOROYALE Somewhere hot
    edited November 2017 Posts: 1,003
    I think the scariest thing is that there was a contest of real photos and people sneakingly added slender man to the photos.. It was like where’s Waldo. I never got scared of games but I gotta say the slender man game was fun and pretty spooky. You’d be running around then out of nowhere he would appear. It really is crazy how people killed for him. Kinda like a cult.
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    So he suddenly would appear in other video games randomly ?
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    barryt007 wrote: »
    So he suddenly would appear in other video games randomly ?

    No, it's just spooky niche games with jump scares. That's the current hip trend. Well not so much now but a few years back when both those games came out it was.
  • CASINOROYALECASINOROYALE Somewhere hot
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    Murdock wrote: »
    barryt007 wrote: »
    So he suddenly would appear in other video games randomly ?

    No, it's just spooky niche games with jump scares. That's the current hip trend. Well not so much now but a few years back when both those games came out it was.

    Aimed more at middle schoolers and high schoolers it seems.
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    Murdock wrote: »
    barryt007 wrote: »
    So he suddenly would appear in other video games randomly ?

    No, it's just spooky niche games with jump scares. That's the current hip trend. Well not so much now but a few years back when both those games came out it was.

    Nothing more than that ? ..why were these kids so freaked out ? ..and what is Wikipasta ?
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    barryt007 wrote: »
    Murdock wrote: »
    barryt007 wrote: »
    So he suddenly would appear in other video games randomly ?

    No, it's just spooky niche games with jump scares. That's the current hip trend. Well not so much now but a few years back when both those games came out it was.

    Nothing more than that ? ..why were these kids so freaked out ? ..and what is Wikipasta ?

    That's pretty much it. I think the hysteria might be over exaggerated. Wikipasta, or creepypasta are just scary stories spread all over the internet.
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    some of the videos are sick,but It amazes me what it caused when you see the games and shit on the internet today,guys....
  • Only what I've heard in the news about those two kids who attempted to stab a classmate to death. They left her for dead, but the girl survived her multiple stab wounds, including lung punctures, and dragged herself through the woods to safety. Remarkable story. The attackers were declared mentally ill. They said they were compelled by this Slenderman figure.
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    Only what I've heard in the news about those two kids who attempted to stab a classmate to death. They left her for dead, but the girl survived her multiple stab wounds, including lung punctures, and dragged herself through the woods to safety. Remarkable story. The attackers were declared mentally ill. They said they were compelled by this Slenderman figure.

    That's the latest documentary I'm watching right now..and it appears that this a series of stupid jokes,ala the clown phenomenon last year,but he is giving a classic 'bogeyman' vibe and he targets children.

    Meaning unstable kids,after seeing all the fake videos,go one step too far .
  • CASINOROYALECASINOROYALE Somewhere hot
    edited November 2017 Posts: 1,003
    They are also making a slenderman movie. That’ll add to the craziness. I don’t buy into the hype. I never fully understood it. To me it was just another video game.
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    They are also making a slenderman movie. That’ll add to the craziness. I don’t buy into the hype. I never fully understood it. To me it was just another video game.
    They are also making a slenderman movie. That’ll add to the craziness. I don’t buy into the hype. I never fully understood it. To me it was just another video game.

    They are making the film now ,CR ?
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    There was another Slender related movie from a few years back. It was a boring found footage movie.
  • CASINOROYALECASINOROYALE Somewhere hot
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    barryt007 wrote: »
    They are also making a slenderman movie. That’ll add to the craziness. I don’t buy into the hype. I never fully understood it. To me it was just another video game.
    They are also making a slenderman movie. That’ll add to the craziness. I don’t buy into the hype. I never fully understood it. To me it was just another video game.

    They are making the film now ,CR ?

    Comes out in May!
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    Talk about making things worse....why the hell would they do that ?
  • CASINOROYALECASINOROYALE Somewhere hot
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    barryt007 wrote: »
    Talk about making things worse....why the hell would they do that ?

    Wanna know something worse? My parents almost bought the house from the Texas chainsaw massacre film a day after I watched the movie.. we toured the house all while some guys were chainsawing some trees down.

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    barryt007 wrote: »
    Talk about making things worse....why the hell would they do that ?

    Wanna know something worse? My parents almost bought the house from the Texas chainsaw massacre film a day after I watched the movie.. we toured the house all while some guys were chainsawing some trees down.

    I must admit I've never seen the film,it wasn't a true story was it ?
  • CASINOROYALECASINOROYALE Somewhere hot
    edited November 2017 Posts: 1,003
    barryt007 wrote: »
    barryt007 wrote: »
    Talk about making things worse....why the hell would they do that ?

    Wanna know something worse? My parents almost bought the house from the Texas chainsaw massacre film a day after I watched the movie.. we toured the house all while some guys were chainsawing some trees down.

    I must admit I've never seen the film,it wasn't a true story was it ?

    At the time they acted like it was a true story. The 2003 version. A story went around that it was a true story. It was based on serial killers and a story of a man killing people with a chainsaw so in a way yes. If you YouTube the 2003 and I believe 2006 version you’ll understand why it was so scary. I find it scarier than slender man honestly...

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    I think slenderman was a problem because it targeted children and had the power of the internet and fake videos,photos behind it.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
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    Yes, @barryt007, basically the history of Slender Man in a nutshell is a character created quite mythically through a creepypasta ("scary stories" of the modern variety found online) by a writer who compiled a story in a way that made the Slender Man appear real to naive readers (as is a common tool for urban myth writers, to make the story more spooky for those coming upon it by treating the "monster" as real). The writer of the Slender Man story even made up mock photos with Slender Man edited into them to make him appear real, and added witness statements to the story of the monster all in the name of making his legend seem more fact than fiction.

    The character was then used in video games, one a very simple game where you walk around a small area collecting 8 pages warning of Slender Man while he stalks you at night. As you collect more and more of the 8 pages Slender Man becomes harder to escape, and you can easily be captured by him. A game with the sub-title The Arrival expanded the Slender Man story a couple of years later and continued to craft the legend.

    In college I took a criminal justice class that studied why kids kill and the Slender Man inspired attempted killing by the young girls @Some_Kind_Of_Hero mentioned was referenced, and we even watched a full length video that went into the case and interviewed the girls. Apparently they were enticed by the Slender Man myth and I think brought their friend into the woods to act as a sacrifice to him or something along those lines. Very unnerving, and a sign of how the fictional can be treated as reality by the impressionable or unstable.
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    Yes, @barryt007, basically the history of Slender Man in a nutshell is a character created quite mythically through a creepypasta ("scary stories" of the modern variety found online) by a writer who compiled a story in a way that made the Slender Man appear real to naive readers (as is a common tool for urban myth writers, to make the story more spooky for those coming upon it by treating the "monster" as real). The writer of the Slender Man story even made up mock photos with Slender Man edited into them to make him appear real, and added witness statements to the story of the monster all in the name of making his legend seem more fact than fiction.

    The character was then used in video games, one a very simple game where you walk around a small area collecting 8 pages warning of Slender Man while he stalks you at night. As you collect more and more of the 8 pages Slender Man becomes harder to escape, and you can easily be captured by him. A game with the sub-title The Arrival expanded the Slender Man story a couple of years later and continued to craft the legend.

    In college I took a criminal justice class that studied why kids kill and the Slender Man inspired attempted killing by the young girls @Some_Kind_Of_Hero mentioned was referenced, and we even watched a full length video that went into the case and interviewed the girls. Apparently they were enticed by the Slender Man myth and I think brought their friend into the woods to act as a sacrifice to him or something along those lines. Very unnerving, and a sign of how the fictional can be treated as reality by the impressionable or unstable.

    That's the documentary I watched last night Bradders,it was a 2hour documentary and very explicit .
    Apparantly both girls were schizo/bi-polar/multiple personality but that's a heck of a coincidence in a small town.

    Terrible.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
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    Yeah, @barryt007, it got a lot of coverage. It also didn't help those of us who are fighting to prove that films/books/tv and every other form of art don't turn the vast, vast majority of people into killers. To this day video games especially are a target of turning those who play them into heartless killers, which disgusts me.
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    Yeah, @barryt007, it got a lot of coverage. It also didn't help those of us who are fighting to prove that films/books/tv and every other form of art don't turn the vast, vast majority of people into killers. To this day video games especially are a target of turning those who play them into heartless killers, which disgusts me.

    They are so realistic now..for vulnerable kids its real,basically.
  • CASINOROYALECASINOROYALE Somewhere hot
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    Yeah, @barryt007, it got a lot of coverage. It also didn't help those of us who are fighting to prove that films/books/tv and every other form of art don't turn the vast, vast majority of people into killers. To this day video games especially are a target of turning those who play them into heartless killers, which disgusts me.

    I almost took criminal justice. May I ask what you do now?

  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
    Posts: 28,231
    Yeah, @barryt007, it got a lot of coverage. It also didn't help those of us who are fighting to prove that films/books/tv and every other form of art don't turn the vast, vast majority of people into killers. To this day video games especially are a target of turning those who play them into heartless killers, which disgusts me.

    I almost took criminal justice. May I ask what you do now?

    @CASINOROYALE, I studied and recently graduated with a degree in writing and art, a little over a year ago now. I hope to do something involving illustration, design or creative writing or journalism. Still seeking a purpose at the moment and trying to get a foot in, which is pretty hard these days.

    When I was at college the criminal justice classes were the elective courses that most fascinated me outside of my major, and that was what really drew me to them. I've always been fascinated by morality and how gray it gets, and law enforcement is one of the best areas of study for those so inclined in that interest. I learned a lot from the courses I took and was stimulated on a number of tough issues like abortion, gun control, self defense murder, torture and more that only made me see even more issues as complex problems with no easy solutions.

    My favorite teacher from all my time on campus was also the assistant professor of criminal justice there, and I created a strong relationship with her over my four years there that ended with me going with her and a group of other criminal justice students to Ireland where we toured their prisons and rehabilitative centers to compare their law enforcement policies and style to the American one. I became really great friends with quite a lot of the criminal justice students, even more than I did those who actually shared my major, and it soon became a running joke amongst the other kids and myself when I showed up in so many CJ classes despite not even minoring in the subject. My fondest memories at college, which I didn't particularly enjoy, are almost all attached to those classes and those involved in them, with the Ireland trip being the ultimate highlight of my college career with no other competition in sight.
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    Intelligent lad...Slenderman would have a job converting you methinks Bradders ;)
  • SirHilaryBraySirHilaryBray Scotland
    edited November 2017 Posts: 2,138
    barryt007 wrote: »
    Intelligent lad...Slenderman would have a job converting you methinks Bradders ;)

    It actually started as tale told on a website called Creepy Pasta, the game came much later.

    https://www.creepypasta.com/slenderman/ (Original story started in 2010)

  • DragonpolDragonpol The Crazy World of David Dragonpol
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    Could we be heading into the arena of our old friend, the Moral Panic, I wonder?
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