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A Slender Man prank caused mayhem and made Ethan Hunt's new mission almost impossible to enjoy

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Aug 14, 2018, 5:29 PM EDT

Imagine it — you're sitting in a dark cinema, enjoying a summer action film, and then all of the sudden a real-life "Slender Man" appears before you. You would probably lose your stuffing, right? We know that we would, and so would some movie-goers in Newburgh, New York. 

According to News 12 Westchester, a bunch of teens snuck into a 7 p.m. showing of Mission: Impossible— Fallout this past Friday at the Showtime Cinemas in Newburgh. One of the teens was a young male dressed as Slender Man, a supernatural character that dresses in a black suit and a face-covering white mask. The mythical figure can take over people's minds, and the lore of the character has been around for quite some time. A film based around the legends of the character was recently released on August 10, and has already been banned in two Wisconsin counties due to real-life attacks from teens inspired by the character. 

According to the report, two women informed News 12 that they were "terrified" and that they "rushed out of the theater." Another person reportedly called 911. According to the report, the women are said to think that the management of the theater was in on the prank, because when they complained, the managers were "giggling." They may have been in on it, or they may have just found the entire thing absurd beyond words. 

It is unconfirmed at this time if management was aware of the prank, though the theater's policy (from National Amusements) does not permit masks, face paint, or any kind of weapon (toy or otherwise) to be allowed within the theater. Anything that "may make guests feel uncomfortable or detract from others enjoying their movie going experience" is not allowed, according to the report. A teenager in full Slender Man dress would certainly be something that could detract from any film. 

The movie Slender Man is also playing at the theater, incidentally. One might think that the teens would have pranked people watching that movie, instead of people enjoying Ethan Hunt going rogue for the sixty-seventh time. 

When reached by SYFY WIRE, a representative for the theater declined to immediately comment. 

(Via: News 12 Westchester)