While I’m incredibly interested in the true case of the Slenderman stabbing, this documentary is lacking focus.
Two hours was a lot of time to explain what schizophrenia can do to someone. It held this lengthy focus on the power of imagination and projection from internet content. While it’s obvious the girls actions were directly influenced by the internet story, it’s best explained by Anissa herself. She knows that creepypasta is a collection of literature. Also, what’s up with Anissa? Is she schizophrenic too? I feel like they never cleared that up.
The best part of the entire thing was probably the honest views about childhood and parenting in general. It was touched on how overlooked it can be for parents to forget how much childhood sucks. It was also mentioned on how sometimes, especially with mental illnesses, the parents aren’t the cause of these instances of violence.
The entire thing just feels sad and scary by the end of it. If you’ve been following this ongoing case, this is your best bet to get a solid inside look as to what truly went on.
Also, I feel so fucking guilty saying this but this would have been a more powerful documentary if the girls had actually managed to murder their victim (sorry).