MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WBAY) - A new movie based on "Slender Man" will not be shown in Marcus Theatres in some Wisconsin communities due to the stabbing attack that was said to be inspired by the online horror character.
Marcus Theatres will not show the movie in its locations in Milwaukee County and Waukesha County.
The reason: sensitivity to the communities impacted by the May 2014 stabbing attack on Payton Leutner.
Action 2 News reached out to Marcus Theatres for a statement:
"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." - Ann Stadler - Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Leutner was at a sleepover with her friends Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier when she was lured into a wooded area near Waukesha. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times. Geyser and Weier left her for dead.
Leutner crawled out of the woods. She survived.
Geyser and Weier told authorities that they hoped to win favor with "Slender Man."
Geyser was sentenced to 40 years under state mental health supervision.
Weier received 25 years under state mental health supervision.
The new "Slender Man" movie is not based on the stabbing in southeast Wisconsin. A plot description says "terror strikes when four teenage girls in a small town perform a ritual to debunk the lore of a tall, thin, horrifying figure known as the Slender Man."
The "Slender Man" movie is showing locally at the Marcus Green Bay East Cinema and the Marcus Hollywood Cinema in Appleton.