Lifetime's Latest Horror Flick Is Inspired By The 2014 Slender Man Attack
The network's upcoming film, 'Terror In The Woods,' is based on the Wisconsin attack that nearly took the life of a young girl.
Many horror movies we enjoy are works of fiction — stories that are just a figment of someone's imagination. Every now and then, however, a flick comes along that's based on terrifying real life events. Spoiler alert: They're far spookier than fictional plots. Such is the case with Lifetime's upcoming film, Terror in the Woods, which is based on a horrific tragedy that happened in 2014. If you're unfamiliar, two young girls' obsession with a spooky internet legend inspired them to attack one of their friends.
In May 2014, in the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a trio of sixth-grade girls — Anissa Weier, Morgan Geyser, and Payton Leutner — had a small sleepover party for Morgan's birthday. Like most middle schoolers, they played games, had too much sugar, and creeped each other out with scary stories. But the very next day, Anissa and Morgan — who had become obsessed with a scary story they read on the internet about the Slender Man, a monster who lived in the woods and slaughtered children — decided to offer Peyton as a blood sacrifice. To become "proxies of Slender," they got ahold of a knife and stabbed their good friend 19 times to prove themselves to the fictional creature.
Peyton managed to survive. She was found by a cyclist who happened to pass by the woods where she was brutalized by her friends. Anissa and Morgan were later found by the police near Interstate 94. They were on their way to find the Slender Man's mansion, where they believed he would welcome them with open arms. Both girls were eventually put to trial and committed to mental institutions.
Terror In The Woods, which was executive produced by Christina Ricci and stars The Office's Angela Kinsey, appears to be ripped straight from the headlines. It revolves around the story of two twelve-year-old girls who stabbed their friend 19 times with scissors to appease an online boogeyman, the "Suzerain."
It's unclear if the movie will explore the effects of the internet on children or if it will address the issue of mental health. Are the parents to blame for letting their kids peruse inappropriate content? Do the girls have some undiagnosed mental illnesses that make them more susceptible to, well, committing murder? We'll just have to tune in and see.
Catch Terror In The Woods Sunday, October 14 on Lifetime.
Will you be watching? I know I will.