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The highly anticipated (and seriously eerie) new Slender Man movie's release date has officially been bumped back.

Read more: Watch the horrifying first ‘Slender Man’ movie trailer



Just weeks after the first trailer made its debut, the production company has shifted the movie's release from May 18 to Aug. 24, as ComicBook.com reports.

Depicted as a tall, thin, faceless man in a black suit with white skin, Slender Man traumatizes almost always children, stalking them in the back of edited vintage photographs. As Consequence Of Sound explains, the film follows four high school girls “as they perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the myth of Slender Man.”

But when one girl goes missing, it “becomes clear she's actually been taken by HIM.”

It's horrifying—but we're excited to see the movie in-full. Watch the spine-chilling trailer below:

The film has sparked some backlash, though. The father of attacker Anissa Weier spoke out against the film, saying the movie is a crude attempt at capitalizing on a real-life crime.

“It's absurd they want to make a movie like this,” he tells the Associated Press. “It's popularizing a tragedy is what it's doing. I'm not surprised, but in my opinion, it's extremely distasteful. All we're doing is extending the pain all three of these families have gone through.”

Will you be catching the new Slender Man movie when it's released? Let us know in the comments below!

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