Netflix's Slenderman-Inspired Horror 'Mercy Black' Is 'Creepy AF'
Mercy Black was released on Netflix earlier this week without any prior warning and horror fans have already praised the film for being just as creepy as they'd hoped.
It's based on the true story of two 12-year-old girls who stabbed a young girl in the hope of appeasing a malevolent spirit.
The Originals' Daniella Pineda plays a woman who is released from a secure psychiatric hospital years after she stabbed up a young child at the behest of a mysterious demon, aptly called Mercy Black. That's the bit based on true events.
You've probably heard of the internet urban legend of Slenderman, often depicted as a shadowy, tall figure in pictures that circulated on the internet some years back.
In 2014 two girls - Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser - stabbed another girl 19 times and then claimed that they did so to impress Slenderman, and that he'd harm their families if they didn't do it.
Needless to say, they were locked up for long sentences after being found to be mentally incapacitated.
In the new film, Pineda's character Marina tries to return to a normal life following her lengthy time institutionalised. She moves in with her sister and nephew, but things soon start to get a bit strange. In fact, strange is a little bit of an understatement.
So far, people who have watched the new series have described it as 'creepy AF' and 'nerve-wracking throughout'.
Mercy Black is directed by Owen Egerton, a director and writer with credits on projects called things like Blood Fest and The Axe Murders of Villisca, which would suggest he's no stranger to good ole' horror.
Despite its Slenderman undertones, Egerton says the story is far more complex than that.
"We're not retelling that story," he told the Austin Chronicle. "We are exploring similar situations, and you want to be not just sensitive, but respectful of the people involved in those stories.
"Those stories where someone is victim and responsible party, that scares me, and the way I deal with it is to write about the things that scare me."
Mercy Black is available to stream on Netflix now
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