It’s illegal to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre. These days, it should be illegal to play dress up before catching a flick—unless you’re planning on raising some unholy hell! That’s what happened when a cosplaying prankster dressed as Slenderman before sneaking into a theatre in Newburgh, New York. It’s not surprising that mayhem ensued; it is surprising, though, to hear that it wasn’t even at a screening of Slender Man!
The teenage troublemaker crashed a screening of Mission Impossible: Fallout, right at the film’s climax. When he emerged from the shadows dressed in Slender’s iconic black suit and a blank facemask, audience members hit the exits; 911 was called and theatre staff had to quell potential pandemonium!
Ironically, had the prank been attempted at a Slender Man show, hardened horror fans probably wouldn’t have even flinched! You can check out the trailer and synopsis for the film, now playing in US theatres nationwide.
Small-town best friends Hallie, Chloe, Wren, and Katie go online to try and conjure up the Slender Man — a tall, thin, horrifying figure whose face has no discernible features. Two weeks later, Katie mysteriously disappears during a class trip to a historic graveyard. Determined to find her, the girls soon suspect that the legend of the Slender Man may be all too real.
The Slenderman creepypasta was invented by Victor Surge; Slender Man is directed by Sylvain White from a screenplay penned by David Birke. The film stars Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, and Annalise Basso.
Words: Josh Millican (@josh_millican)