The first Slenderman movie poster is pure nightmare fuel

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Jan 2, 2018, 3:20 PM EST

You know your Internet meme has made it when Hollywood decides to make a big budget horror movie around it. That's the case for creepypasta's Slenderman, the tall, long-armed, and faceless entity in a crisp black suit who stalks and abducts people.

Pictures of him are usually in black and white, placing him in the distance of a dark and leafless forest. Others depict Slenderman with multiple arms or tentacles sprouting out of his torso. Since his introduction in 2009, he's been terrorizing people over the web via photos, games, and an HBO documentary.

The first poster for the character's big screen debut from Sony Screen Gems is here and can be seen below. Directed by Sylvain White (Stomp The Yard, The Losers), Slenderman stars Joey King (Wish Upon), Julia Goldani Telles (The Affair), and Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic), and Jaz Sinclair (Paper Towns). Javier Botet (Set in this past summer's critical failure The Mummy) will assume the movie's terrifying titular role. 

Nevertheless, the film will have to overcome a certain amount of baggage. In 2014, two 12-year-old girls in Waukesha, Wisconsin lured a third girl from their class into the woods and stabbed her 19 times in an attempt to impress the Slenderman. The defendants originally pled insanity, but then entered into a plea deal by saying they were guilty. One of the girls got 25 years in a mental hospital while the other awaits her sentence. 

Slenderman is slated for a May 18 release. David Birke (13 Sins, Elle) and Victor Sirge (Slenderman's original creator whose birth name is Eric Knudsen) wrote the screenplay.