Greetings Slenderfans, Horror fans, and general good movie fans alike! My name is Steven Belcher and I am an independent filmmaker with over 5 successful years in the business and experience working on award-winning independent films. My team and I are currently working on a feature film adaptation of the increasingly popular mythology of a character you may or may not be familar with - SLENDER MAN
Like what you see above? This trailer is designed to show you, the fans, and potential investors what the final film might look and feel like. It should in no way shape or form represent the final film in any official way. None of the shots are from the film, as nothing has yet been shot. It is for promotional use only. So, we're going to make our own original AWESOME teaser trailer that will more accurately represent the film.
What is Slender Man?
Slender Man generally appears (in modern times) as a tall man in a black suit with no eyes, mouth, or clearly defined facial features. He is shown to stalk his victims for years at a time as early as childhood for reasons unknown, torturing them mentally before ultimately murdering them or causing them to mysteriously disappear.
Since the dawn of man, civilizations across the world with no connection to each other, from the ancient Egyptians to medieval Germany, depict a similiar being. What could that mean? No one knows. But one thing is certain...
...We are not alone.
Originating as a user created image on the "Something Awful" forums, the internet popularity of Slender Man has spawned a massive amount of community created content in the form of short stories, videos, and the extremely popular video game "Slender". Most notably, YouTube series including MarbleHornets, EverymanHYBRID, and TribeTwelve have skyrocketed the popularity of Slender Man and are considered to be the core of the mythology.
The most important factor about Slender Man is the mystery... Who, or what, is he? What does he want? Where does he come from? Is he real? The pure enigmatic nature of this character has spawned an entire community-created universe that to this day grows incresingly deeper and more vast.
Why Would Slender Man make a good film?
Simply put, it'll scare the sh*t out of people! The horror genre desperately needs a new cult-classic character to make its mark, and the Slender Man has what it takes. The character's already incredibly accessible and vast mythology has something for everyone. Whether you're a horror fan, follower of epic stories, history conspiracy theorist, gamer, mystery addict, male, female, young, old - there's something for everyone.
This is where we come in... This feature film will set out to give this character the treatment it deserves: a truly terrifying and thought-provoking horror experience. Too much lately has the horror genre been oversaturated with brainless teen slashers, found-footage films, and substance-void gorefests. This film will try to change that and return the horror genre to the thought-provoking, genuine fear-enducing genre it once was.
First, we're starting with a great teaser trailer (which is what this campaign is all about) to build up excitement for the film. It will be its own thing - meaning that it will not appear in the final film, but will depict something that happens in the final film. With the project already having a large and growing following on Facebook, it shouldn't be too difficult. With an awesome trailer and solid screenplay at our disposal, we can move forward with funding the entire film.
We'll also be doing a Viral Campaign, of which will be in the form of videos depicting encounters with Slender Man submitted by the fans that will appear on the film's upcoming official website.
The film opens in medieval Germany where a wounded Knight entrusts a strange amulet to his brother before being taken by cloaked, masked men and sacrificed to an unsettling tall, dark, faceless cloaked being. Present day, our troubled protagonist, Allen, visits his childhood home to take care of his ill mother while his negligent stepfather leaves on business. After Allen’s father mysteriously disappeared when he was little, Allen started having terrifying nightmares, memory loss, and hallucinations of the Slender Man, which later lead to his destructive drug addiction and scarring prison experience. Allen longs to find his missing father and learn the truth behind his disappearance in order to not only find closure, but to find himself and return he and his family’s lives to what they once were. His younger brother, Nate, attempts to take the role of big brother in light of Allen’s past of drug addiction and jail-time. To make matters more difficult, Allen finds evidence that his young disconnected stepsister, Kay, is beginning to have nightmares about the Slender Man much like he did at her age. On the bright side, he’s reunited with his old love interest, Olivia, of whom he tries to keep in the dark about his turbulent past. Allen’s hope in learning the truth about his father is strengthened when he finds an old broken pocket-watch that his father gave him just before he disappeared.
While Allen begins to discover clues that his father’s disappearance is somehow linked to the Slender Man, an unknown Old Man begins to stalk him. Allen’s nightmares and hallucinations return; he begins to spiral downward into madness and addiction over his obsession with deciphering the mystery behind the Slender Man, disappearing for weeks at a time with no memory of what happened; his mother falls into a coma; his brother disowns him; and he ruins any chance he had with Olivia. While the Old Man begins to attack and murder those around him, Allen finds the ancient mysterious amulet hidden inside his father’s pocket-watch, learning about the story of “Der Ritter” – where a Knight stole the amulet from the Slender Man and was murdered by the Slender Man for refusing to accept the light, or a great truth about himself. Upon discovering that his father went to find the Black Forrest where the Knight stole the amulet, Allen decides to follow. But instead, the Old Man infiltrates Allen’s home and turns his brother and stepsister into vicious pawns of the Slender Man. They attack Allen, and the Old Man forces him to watch his siblings murder and eat his best friend.
Allen mysteriously finds himself in the Black Forrest, where he finds the Old Man with his Proxy siblings and captive Olivia. The Old man reveals that the German Knight is his ancestor, who was murdered for failing the Slender Man’s test. The Knight refused to accept the truth about himself – that his bloodline has been trying to keep the amulet out of the Slender Man’s reach for their own pride driven interests since ancient Celtic times, and that his purpose is to answer for those sins. He offers Allen the same choice that was offered to the Knight – to either accept the truth and sacrifice himself, or remain in the dark and damn his bloodline for all eternity. If he chooses truth, he will be awarded the knowledge and power that the amulet harbors. Allen refuses and fights the Old Man, allowing Olivia to escape. The Old Man nearly kills Allen, but the Slender Man destroys the Old Man instead. Allen accepts and chooses to sacrifice himself in order to save his family, but refuses the knowledge and power of the amulet. The Slender Man turns Allen into his greatest pawn, who is to forever represent mankind’s failure to see that the power of truth does not give one the right to ignore the consequences and responsibility of that knowledge.
Allen’s family is returned to normal, and all is set right. Until 4 years later, where a mysterious Agent representing a nameless Organization visits his brother Nate. The Agent asks Nate about Allen, but Nate refuses to cooperate. After the Agent leaves, Nate finds an unmarked package containing the pocket-watch. Despite his instincts to destroy it, he keeps it. Later that night, Allen appears in Nate’s room and sacrifices him to the Slender Man for failing the test.
The Teaser Trailer
In the mysterious unknown dark woods, a frantic man runs desperately for his life. He comes across a terrifying eyeless little girl singing a rhyme about "The Slender Man". The terrified man then runs into the Slender Man himself. All that can be heard are the deafening blood-curdling screams coming from the heart of the woods.
Scary enough for you?
What We Need & What You Get
What do we need? Funding! It's as easy as that. We're asking for a minimum of $5000 to produce a kick-ass professional high-quality teaser trailer for the film. Again, that is the MINIMUM we need. So remember, the more we get, the better it'll be. So keep that in mind!
What Will the Money Go Toward?
Quality! Whether we like it or not, making a good film costs money... a lot of money. That goes just as much for teaser trailers. We will use the funds to hire seasoned successful professionals to assist in shooting and putting together the trailer. Whatever funds are left will go towards promoting the trailer once's it's completed. If the goal is not reached, it will still be put toward the Teaser Trailer. Whatever funding is not reached to make the teaser trailer will *cringe* come out of our pocket. So don't let that happen!
What Do YOU Get?
Fame, glory, and our eternal appreciation... as well as all kinds of goodies from Thank You credits to Exclusive T-Shirts, Posters, day on set, interview, sneak peeks at the screenplay, and the big-bad Producer credit. Head to the Perks section for details.
Execution & Impact
For you already established fans out there, you know what it means - your beloved Slender Man will FINALLY get the film treatment it deserves... and we sincerely mean that. We're fans of Slender Man just like you are, and we know that many of you are worried that a big-budget film adaptation will ruin the character. That is NOT the case with us. Like we said earlier, this will not be your run-of-the-mill slasher, found footage, or gorefest. The film will be treated with the utmost care and utmost detail to what gave us this opportunity - YOU... This Teaser Trailer will show you just how serious we are when we say the film we plan to make will be a top-notch, well-executed, professional production with extreme attention to detail and respect for the Slender Man universe.
For those of you that are new to Slender Man, prepare to join the fans. We can assure you the story surrounding the Slender Man will make an amazing movie. If you're like us, you're sick of the garbage Hollywood has been churning out and calling "Horror". This film is for you, the true horror fan. We have experience in creating successful independent films, and we can assure you that this film will not only put our money where our mouth is, but be the film that defines us and gives you a horror film that you'd be proud to add to your collection.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t contribute, that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
The most important thing you can do is SPREAD THE WORD. Share the link, get your friends to share the link, like us on Facebook, post it in forums/blogs/websites, post up flyers, make T-shirts, get everyone you know to support the project. This film won't get anywhere if it isn't shared with the world. Just because you can't give money, doesn't mean you can't make things happen as part of the badass Slender Man Street Team. You never know, you might be the one who finds that ONE person who makes all of this happen. Now that is even better than contributing.
Let's share Slender Man with the world...
...Before he finds us all.
For more information on Slender Man
The Mock Teaser Trailer you see above is to give you an idea of the style and tone we're going for, but it should in no way represent the film in any other way. We haven't shot anything for the teaser or film yet, so none of it is ours. It's for promotional purposes only and should not be considered or shared as an official teaser trailer.