The independent film ‘FRAY‘ (2017), based on the Slenderman mythos and directed by Eric Pham, was slated to be release in 2018. That was until studio giant Sony Pictures stepped in with a cease-and-desist order, claimimg the movie infringed on its own Slender Man (2018) character. A property to which Sony contentended it had exclusive rights. Needless to say, this set up a classic David and Goliath scenerario—0ne that would not be settled with a stone—but rather jurisprudence.
Phame Factory, the production company that produced ‘FRAY‘ perused legal action claiming that the
As of today, the underdog Phame Factory has won against Sony and is allowed to release its film, with conditions. The agreement between them stipulates that any ‘FRAY‘ promotional content have a disclaimer, as well as in the movie. Director Eric Pham told Deadline: “I’m now very happy to say that we obtained a very favorable resolution of this lawsuit and finally have the legal right to release our feature film.”
‘FRAY‘ will be released via digital platform on April 2, 2019.
For those that don’t know about Slender Man, the Creepypastas internet meme was created by Eric Knudsen in 2009. Since then Slender Man has grown from myth to film and real life murder games. In recent news, two twelve year old girls attempted to murder one of their friends to become proxies of Slender Man. The girls stabbed their friend 19 times in a wicked game of hide-and-go-seek. To learn more about the case watch the documentary ‘Beware The Slenderman‘ on HBO.
Even I, your Latin Horror Editor, was inspired to make a film about the Slender Man Stabbings. It’s called ‘Let’s Play Dead Girl‘ and it is available on Amazon Prime Video. It’s free to watch if you have an Amazon Prime account. For more information on ‘Let’s Play Dead Girl‘ please visit our sister website MiedoBase: http://miedobase.com/movies/lets-play-dead-girl/
FLAY Synopsis: After the death of her mother, an estranged daughter struggles to save her brother, and those around her from a malevolent faceless spirit.
Director: Eric Pham
Writer: Matthew Daley
Stars: Violett Beane, Elle LaMont, A. Michael Baldwin