Marcus Theatres plans to show Slender Man movie in Rothschild

Lewis Collier
August 12, 2018

The new Slender Man movie will open in theaters across America on Friday - with the exception of one Wisconsin area where the story hits too close to home. After careful consideration, and out of respect for those who were impacted, we have decided not to play the upcoming Slender Man movie in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

The horror film Slender Man won't be shown at Marcus Theatres locations near the Wisconsin site where, in 2014, two 12-year-old girls attempted to murder a classmate, purportedly to impress the fictional character.

The "Slender Man" movie is showing locally at the Marcus Green Bay East Cinema and the Marcus Hollywood Cinema in Appleton.

The girls told officers they stabbed Payton Leutner, a classmate, to please "Slender Man" and protect their families from the fictional character.

The pair were charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide but told the police that if they didn't carry out the crime they feared Slender Man may hurt them or their families.

In the movie, high school girls in a small town in MA enact a ritual they think will debunk the story of Slender Man, a shadowy figure behind all sorts of evil.

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Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on, according to investigators. A passing bicyclist found Leutner, who barely survived her wounds.

She was left with 25 "uncomfortable" scars that are "still red and angry more than three years later", her mother recently revealed. They were both convicted but "found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect and have been committed to a state mental hospital", the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Weier's father spoke out after news of the film first became public, saying he hoped local theaters wouldn't show it.

Leutner is now a high school sophomore.

"It's absurd they want to make a movie like this", Bill Weier said. 'It's popularizing a tragedy is what it's doing'.

The horror movie, set to be released on August 10, tells the story of a group of friends in a small town in MA, "fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, who attempt to prove that he doesn't actually exist - until one of them mysteriously goes missing", according to IMDB. Although it was originally submitted as an entry in a photo-editing contest to come up with a mock urban legend, the post gained momentum as a meme and became a popular icon of scary stories.

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