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Windigo is a 2011 horror film by Vince Emerson Media, released on November 11, 2011. Using found footage, the movie tells the story of a group of film students who go camping in an old hick town near Mohawk lands, and end up getting stalked by the monster who resides there.

Legally available to watch on YouTube here. It's also available on DVD with bonus features.

This film provides examples of

  • Adaptational Villainy: This version of the Slender Man, unlike his other enigmatic and mysterious incarnations, is portrayed as a pure evil entity who likes to commit acts of malice simply for fun. He's by far the only version who displays a clear personality.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie
  • Ax-Crazy: The Slender Man is shown in this case to be a deranged sadist who loves killing and manipulate people just to amuse himself. We see more of this when he uses Brandon as his vessel.
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  • Being Watched: The whole purpose of the scene with Selina, Reese, and Brandon on the canoe. Slender Man watches the boat from the shore.
  • Bittersweet Ending: On one hand, Slendy manages to possess Brandon, but two characters still manage to escape with their lives. Hell, in the fight with Slenderman himself, they still win.
  • The Blank: Slender Man himself, as usual.
  • Canada, Eh?: The movie is very persistent in reminding you that it takes place in Canada, especially during the first 40 minutes.
  • Combat Tentacles: You don't expect them, then suddenly he's using them to fling a truck across the yard.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: At some points, definitely.
    Kwekon shoots Dean.
    Kwekon: Fuck...
    Reese: Fuck!
    Kwekon: Dude are you okay?
    Reese: Fuck!
  • Daylight Horror: Most of Tall, Thin and Faceless's appearances are in broad daylight.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • The cast take the fight to Slendy and his puppets, killing many in the process. Kwekon pulls a Heroic Sacrifice by ramming a exploding car into him.
    • When Slenderman possessed Brandon, he doesn't do much better, as Reese beats him in two fights, and escape with his girlfriend.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: Given Slenderman's territory...
  • Elemental Powers: Slendy seems to love trees and water. Ripples can even be seen in the quarry when Brandon finds Selina's body. Seems to be weak to explosions, though.
  • For the Evulz: At the first The Slender Man seems like the typical brainless and homicidal monster just like the usual horror movie routine. However at end after tricking the crew to kill on of'em and possessing Brandon's body it's revealed that all he did until then was simply for pure fun. As he possess Brandon he even talks, showing a more human-like personality, and thanks the boys for "having brighten the week."
  • Giggling Villain: Unusually enough, The Slender Man chuckles maniacally as soon as he takes over Brandon's body.
  • Grand Theft Me: In the closing scene, the last survivor is taken over by Slender Man and becomes him/it.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: The first half of the movie is a comedy about some teenagers trying, and failing, to make a documentary about deforestation, with bits of horror thrown in. After that, the plot turns into a straight-up horror film with barely any dialogue about cameraman Brandon running through the forest trying to outmaneuver Slender Man.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the final fight, after Slendy has gone all One-Winged Angel, Kwekon hops into a sedan and plows into him at full speed. Slendy is next seen withering away in a giant fireball.
  • It Can Think: The Slender Man is extremelly cunning in manipulating the protagonists and turning them against each other by playing on their fear and paranoia.
  • Kill 'Em All: Exepct a boy and a girl who get away to safety, the entire crew dies. Brandon gets used by Slendy as its new vessel and the officer at the end confirms that there's no survivor left in Bonville.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Slenderman gets apparently killed when one of the guys rams a car into him which it subsequently explodes. Turns out The Slenderman actually survived by possessing the cameraman.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: At times the movie can be nearly silent.
  • Karma Houdini: The Slenderman, very predictable, despite getting his ass handed to him eariler, while in Brandon's body, menages to escape custody by killing the officer who was interrogating it and probably it will continue his murderous spree on other innocent victims.
  • Numerological Motif: The movie was released on 11/11/2011, the same repeating number that was used in Tribe Twelve. Might count as an Homage.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After accidentally killing Dean (Slendy had pulled either a Mind Rape or a Teleportation trick), Kwekon drives a sedan into Slendy at full speed. The resulting fireball seems to finally kill the Eldritch Abomination.
  • Stylistic Suck: The characters originally set out to create a documentary on deforestation. From what we see of their work, it's...not very good.
  • Took a Level in Badass: At first, the cast was your standard teenagers up against the monster with nothing but a camera, then they get guns and take the fight to Slenderman's minions, and Slendy himself.
  • Voice of the Legion: When Brandon is possessed by Slendy he talks in a way we could describe as a mixture between his normal voice and an inhuman and demonic one.