Marcus Theaters will not show “Slender Man” in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, the company said in a statement Wednesday. The film is set to open on Friday
“Like many people across the United States, Marcus Theatres was deeply concerned and saddened when the ‘Slender Man’ phenomenon touched southeastern Wisconsin in such a profound way, changing the lives of many families forever. 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. We will show the film at select other Marcus Theatres locations,” a statement from the movie theater chain read.
The film focuses on a group of high school girls in a town in Massachusetts who are drawn to the tale of “Slender Man” and try to prove he’s not real. Things are fine until one of them vanishes. The real-life stabbing in connection with “Slender Man” involved Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, who were both 12 at the time of the incident.
The two girls were charged with first-degree intentional homicide for stabbing Leutner 19 times and leaving her to die. 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 Sentinelreported.
Geyser pleaded guilty in October to attempted first-degree intentional homicide as part of her plea deal. She was sentenced to 40 years in a mental hospital in February. Weier was sentenced in December to 25 years in a mental health facility. She pleaded guilty in August 2017 to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but claimed she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill.