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Why do we obsess over Slender Man so much?

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I love Slender Man stuff!

From what I gather the idea is he stalks people through photographs, videos... He seems to have an affinity for taking kids, leaving no trace of their disappearance. Though in certain stories and videos he seems to have branched out somewhat...

When you first see him, it's just a creepy image, an ethereal entity that appears in the background of photos. But once you've seen him, he'll be after you...

You'll see him more frequently. In pictures of you, in videos you take... Sometimes more clearly than he appeared before. Maybe even in the corner of your eye as you glance around... And when you look back, he's gone.

And soon you will be gone too...

I think it's because he's still shrouded in mystery. The unknown is frightening for us.

Girl With One Eye:

SextusMaximus:

Girl With One Eye:
He doesn't look scary, maybe he just wants a hug?

No wifin' in the club.
Give me 20 dollars.
GIVE ME 20 DOLLARS.

Can someone please explain this 20 dollars thing to me??

Derp

Ron Browz - 'Gimme 20 Dollars'

"no wifin in the club means dnt spend to much time with a random girl wen your in the club.no hand cuffing means no holding hands and the reason he says give me 20 dollars is because hes making people pay a fine for trying to make a random chick in the club there girlfriend"

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If you want a bit of srs deconstruction:

Slenderman has captured the imagination because he fufills many tropes of 'creepy', and his origin as a 'creation of the internet' has raised his popularity even further.

He is a permanent resident of the uncanny valley. He wears clothes and is humanoid in appearance and yet he is not human. The exact things which make him non-human are specifially tailored to psychological horror.

He is the unknown.
He doesn't move, he has no face, he's tall and skinny and in the original version has wisps instead of proper arms. He's basically a ghost or boogyman, but unlock those two he has not been in the cultural eye long enough to have all the extra 'less scary' baggage(cartoony 'friendly' ghosts or laughably unscary renditions) that these other 'monsters' have picked up over time.

Having no face means he has no readable emotions, no expression. You cannot understand him, you cannot relate to him. There's a lot of power in the face, in terms of emotional impact.

Think for a serious moment about a real life encounter with someone/some 'thing' with out a face at all, just completely blank. Be honest now, it's pretty damn unsettling right?

A zombie sits pretty much at the very pit of the uncanny valley. Zombies are so popular cause they're so human, and yet twisted into this frighteningly 'unhuman' thing. Slenderman arguably achieves this effect to even greater extent, possibly for the very reason that he is so 'alien', and yet he's right there wearing a suit like people do, looking almost like a human.

People like us we can understand, evil murders and beastial monsters we can understand. Even zombies we can understand. This 'thing' we cannot, for it is so alien, the opposite of animals or beasts, more like an 'object' than a living thing in how 'detached' it is, and yet with an intelligence or driving force there which leads it to do these things.
People are into that. A revenant or wrath like figure, who will stalk you and there is no way to escape, no way to confront. He is merely there, waiting to do creepy stuff when you're not looking.
Again, people are into that.

It also plays off countour bias. Big, rounded shapes are soothing. Sharp, thin shapes are dangerous and unsettling. It's an instinctive thing. He is unnaturally tall and quite skinny. Those tendrils that you often see coming from him are like long spikes. Contour bias again.

and finally, it picked up in popularity around the right dens of the internet to see it's exposure rise and people get into him. For example this recent resurgence is owed to that slender game.

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Ok so that wasn't really a proper deconstruction, but it did throw in a few relevant buzz words here and there. That counts right?

Rastien:

Derp

Ron Browz - 'Gimme 20 Dollars'

"no wifin in the club means dnt spend to much time with a random girl wen your in the club.no hand cuffing means no holding hands and the reason he says give me 20 dollars is because hes making people pay a fine for trying to make a random chick in the club there girlfriend"

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I still don't get how that is relevant to Slender Man. And did that even make sense?

Girl With One Eye:
[quote="Rastien" post="18.383916.15213082"]
Derp

Ron Browz - 'Gimme 20 Dollars'

"no wifin in the club means dnt spend to much time with a random girl wen your in the club.no hand cuffing means no holding hands and the reason he says give me 20 dollars is because hes making people pay a fine for trying to make a random chick in the club there girlfriend"

I still don't get how that is relevant to Slender Man. And did that even make sense?

Neither do i got no idea the context with which the OP ment it to be used, hence the wtf am i reading! xD

Corax_1990:
Pffft, slender man is about as scary as candleja

Going to be unnecessarily pedantic here. I believe you have to say his name in full for you to get cut off. So if you say candlejack at the end then you basically just lose the peri

Just one of those dismissible Internet things. Couldn't care less about it. I also don't find entertainment in scary things.

He doesn't scare me, nothing compared to Weeping Angles, which, the sheer mention of, makes me shit myself a tad.

Personally I find him scary as all fuck... but Slender, the game, was not scary in the slightest. I mean, yeah, you play it once... AHH SLENDERMAN!... ... ... and that's it. There is no story to drag you in, no people going missing. Litterally all we have is some teenager and a bunch of notes drawn by three year olds. I shit you not that probably the only things he really have to code in that game was the Slenderman and the notes. Everything else was shit easy to make so I am not sure why people are calling it the greatest game ever when someone can spend a day with Unity (I myself am a Unity Programmer) and make something better...

Anyway... on to actual Slenderman... Euuuugh... he scares the crap outta me. This is, however, mainly because at my dad's house we have a lot of windows that are everywhere... with each one opening out to a long view which Mr. Slender could be hiding in and at mums I sleep downstairs. Alone. With a huge window. Facing down a hill. With a forest. And the nearest person is the whole house away.

*pees myself*

The scare effect comes from a combination of 2 things.

1. [Evidenced] ancient evil aka the unknown. Humans fear what they don't know.
2. He's a man in a suit.

Combine these two things and you can take any old photo with average resolution and turn some tall suit in the background into 'The Slender Man'. Then you think up some generic story like 'he steals souls' and voila, perfect monster.

Personally the most frightening thing about him is not that he steals souls or eats people or w/e, but the pictures people dig up. Then your imagination kicks in.

All in all a rather ingenious phenomenon.

lax4life:
Slenderman doesn't have anything over Candleja-

You're doing it wrong. Candleja doesn't do anything, you have to say the full name Candlejack before he kidna

Rastien:

Neither do i got no idea the context with which the OP ment it to be used, hence the wtf am i reading! xD

So why did you "derp" me !!!

*smack*

Icetailgreg:
Quite frankly, I don't find slenderman that scary. Sure, his human-like features are so far down in the uncanny valley that it has its own postal code, but He just doesn't scare me like he should. I watch Marblehornets to see Slenderman, and how they'll portray him in this entry. But, if there is one thing that scares me shitless, it's Jeff the fucking Killer.

Hey buddy thanks for mentioning Jeff the killer! After all I don't NEED sleep.

Girl With One Eye:

SextusMaximus:

Girl With One Eye:
He doesn't look scary, maybe he just wants a hug?

No wifin' in the club.
Give me 20 dollars.
GIVE ME 20 DOLLARS.

Can someone please explain this 20 dollars thing to me??

Sure thing, it's very simple.

Slenderman wants his twenty dollars.

eh .....

the majora's mask 'haunted cart' story was way creepier

slenderman lives in the uncanny valley's deepest part, he is that shadow of a tree your brain keeps thinking is a person in the dark.
the game does this really well,as 90% of the time you see something, think its him and panic and run only to realise you were overreacting
the other 10 percent, you see the blur of a shadow, panic, run, think oh just overreacting to a shadow - and be deadly wrong

Saviordd1:

BathorysGraveland:
Well I've no idea who he is, so am judging solely on that picture. I guess the terror would come from his completely emotionless state. Those killers seem to be the most-business. You know, the Michael Myers kind.

Weird thing is he rarely kills people

Except for that thing with the forest filled with impaled bodies on tree branches, their rib cages crudely sewn shut containing a clear bag filled with their organs... unless they survived?!

Kinguendo:

Saviordd1:

BathorysGraveland:
Well I've no idea who he is, so am judging solely on that picture. I guess the terror would come from his completely emotionless state. Those killers seem to be the most-business. You know, the Michael Myers kind.

Weird thing is he rarely kills people

Except for that thing with the forest filled with impaled bodies on tree branches, their rib cages crudely sewn shut containing a clear bag filled with their organs... unless they survived?!

Notice I said "Rarely" not never

So I just checked out Marble Hornets Introduction, Entry #1 and #2. Started watching #3, got bored and did some fast forwarding. Skipped to Entry #13 and concluded this isn't even close to the quality of the Blair Witch Project, which is quite damning.

As far as I can tell the Slender Man is a teenybopper creation that takes off from the likes of shadow people, an allegedly real phenomenon and makes it far less scary, almost comical.

tall and slender, wears a suit, and is silent.. someone ripped off the gentlemen from buffy.

now those were creepy sods

Saviordd1:

Kinguendo:

Saviordd1:

Weird thing is he rarely kills people

Except for that thing with the forest filled with impaled bodies on tree branches, their rib cages crudely sewn shut containing a clear bag filled with their organs... unless they survived?!

Notice I said "Rarely" not never

The implication of that story is that he killed numerous people over a vast time period... so I would say that of his interactions with people in stories, most ended up dead and impaled on trees.

Actually SlenderMan is based off a German folklore (Der Gro▀mann) a demi god that was able to take people's lives before they died. He is actually a good deity as its said he took the lives of people that were destined to die a painful death, before escorting them through the underworld.

Thats why SlenderMan doesn't scare me because I know the myth he is based off is actually a creature that is trying to save you from something much worse.

Kinguendo:

Saviordd1:

Kinguendo:

Except for that thing with the forest filled with impaled bodies on tree branches, their rib cages crudely sewn shut containing a clear bag filled with their organs... unless they survived?!

Notice I said "Rarely" not never

The implication of that story is that he killed numerous people over a vast time period... so I would say that of his interactions with people in stories, most ended up dead and impaled on trees.

Huh, I thought they more went insane, I thought the murder numbers were lower.

The thing about slenderman is that since he's just a tall guy with no face, film makers have to use other. more subtle tactics to build the scares, like video distortion, Blink and you miss him moments and Massive Ramping of atmosphere. as such i feel he works best as a youtube/inde game entity, as big screen/aaa games lack the time required to build the dread of such a entity.

by that i mean macking you fear something that has never actualy done anything, pyramid head was scary from the get go cause he did something freaky, slendy just looks at you..

Saviordd1:

Kinguendo:

Saviordd1:

Notice I said "Rarely" not never

The implication of that story is that he killed numerous people over a vast time period... so I would say that of his interactions with people in stories, most ended up dead and impaled on trees.

Huh, I thought they more went insane, I thought the murder numbers were lower.

I think the stories are one pied piper-esque kidnapping of children, which the kids snap out of and say it was kinda creepy... then there is the one with him standing near a tree with kids looking up at him, which leads to a library burning to the ground... then there is the one Marble Hornet stuff which implies murders... then there is the story of police going missing after fidning a bunch of bodies impaled on branches in a forest. I think, other than the German origin story, those are all of the stories.

I don't think I really know enought about Slender man to really be bothered by him in the slightest. The SCP Foundation has more scary things that I actually know about that get me, particularly SCP-145, SCP-507 and several others I forgot the numbers for right now.

Because we have a primal fear that we can't explain of tall, faceless beings that LOOK like us, but aren't in any way LIKE us, and have some reality warping powers.

Now I'm not gonna say it was aliens...But it was aliens.

I just know it was made into a boring game that only gets fun when you nearly die, than you shit your pants and cry :p

Rednog:

Mr.Tea:

Saviordd1:

TL;DR
Why is Slender Man so popular and scary to us all.

Also, if your not scared of the guy, tell us why.

He's not and I look down on people who post pictures saying "HURR DURR YOU WILL SHIT BRIX WHEN YOU SEE IT" or that fucking lame and moronic Candlejack shit where "Oh no I mentioned him now I need to cut off my post before th-"... And I'm supposed to care because..?

It's not scary, it's fucking lame. You what is scary? Context. A story that's believable enough, with people I care about in grave danger, Copypasta need not apply.

Candlejack isn't supposed to be scary, it's from a sat/sunday morning kid's show called Freakazoid that a lot of people liked.

I miss that show. *Puts in DVDs*

I am not too creeped out by him. The simple reason been Knife beat's freaky demon fella every time and I have two knives beside my bead, come at me brah. People are always obsessed with this kind of paranormal unexplainable stuff. Fear of the unknown and unbeatable is natural.

Just a minor subversion of expectations along some fairly evocative storytelling, is all. Honestly, I'm more scared of the nonsense things my imagination comes up with.

Because he's a really good blend of several scary tropes.

He looks human, but not quite human, so there's your Uncanny Valley. He doesn't have a face, but he wears a human business suit. His shape is definitely human-like, but his proportions are all fucked up. He walks sometimes, but something isn't quite right with the way he moves. His favorite pose is standing still in an uncomfortable position, and this scares you. Also, in some early stories he lets out small quiet chuckles for no reason, AND HOLY SHIT IS THAT SCARY.

He is also the ultimate example of urban folklore: there's no definite canon, so you never know what's outright bullshit and what's God's honest truth. Even more importantly, you have no idea what he wants. He seldom kills people, he never speaks, he never... does much of anything, in fact. It's almost like he's only fucking with you if he decides to haunt you -- but then again, what could he possibly gain from scaring the shit out of you every other day? In short, he's completely unpredictable, he has blue and orange morality, we know absolutely nothing about him. Same reason the Joker in The Dark Knight was scary.

Lastly, people prefer to think of their houses as their fortresses. There's a reason little children duck under their blankets when scared: it offers no protection, but it's theirs. But Slender Man doesn't give a rat's ass about your strong locks and barred windows -- he can teleport sraight to your bedroom whenever he damn pleases. He can stand in a dark corner of it all day and you'll have no idea. In fact, he might be standing just outside of your field of vision right now.

EDIT: Forgot a major part. The consensus among some is that Slender Man is basically a meme come to life: our thinking about him gives him strength and justifies his existence in our realm. And he also targets the ones who dig too deep into him; you find out about him, you think "oh, this is a cool urban legend, I'll read some blogs and watch some youtube channels" -- and after a while you realize that you probably know more about him than any of the protagonists of those stories, so you can easily become the next target.

About a year ago my friend was terrified of Slender Man, and I laughed at him for it.

A year later, the tables kinda turned X_X

I dunno... I guess it's just the fact that he easily blends in with whatever environment he's in and can be anywhere and is... PROBABLY WATCHING YOU RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Also there's his uncanny valley appearance, with his ability to stretch his arms and whatnot.

Also, people really ought to check out the little indie game called Slender: http://slendergame.com/

It's freaky as HELL man. And it's weird too; Slender Man's character model is actually really cheaply made and stupid looking, but this game could still make you shit your pants.

Horror is like humor, it's all up to opinion. Whether or not you find something scary is completely subjective. That being said, THAT GAME IS SCARY!

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