Is Grimcutty Based on the Momo Challenge? Inspiration Explanated


When Leatherface and now Michael Myers both come back in the same year, you know horror is doing well. But these big names in the slasher movie genre are only the tip of the iceberg.

Besides new movies from modern masters like Jordan Peele, streaming services have given people a lot to make their blood run cold. One of the newest, Grimcutty, came out just in time for Halloween.

The movie was directed by John William Ross and came out on Hulu and Disney+ on Monday, October 10, 2022.

Is Grimcitty Based on the Momo Challenge?

Yes, the Momo challenge is what made Grimcutty come to be. The movie is about a suburban teen girl named Asha, who is played by Sara Wolfkind. She and her younger brother meet a mysterious internet meme that has come to life because of how crazy her parents are about the trend.

For those who haven’t heard of or don’t know much about the “Momo Challenge,” it was an urban legend that spread online. Many people who posted it said that sharing it made people do violent and horrible things on the orders of a user named Momo.

Back in 2019, Rolling Stone said that it was widely thought to be a hoax after it became a big deal the year before. The Police Service of Northern Island (PSNI) even posted a public warning about it.

“The Parents Were So Scared”

The director of the movie was recently on Laughing Place, where he was asked to talk about what made him want to make the movie:

“I think it’s pretty clear that it’s based on the ‘Momo Challenge’ in a not-so-loose way.” I was trying to think of something to write about when I saw a local news report about the Momo Challenge. It was a typical example of local news trying to scare people. But I think what struck me most was the difference between what parents thought it was and what kids thought it was.

He said, “It almost felt like a strange comedy skit or something.” The parents were so worried about this thing, but every time they went to talk to kids about it, they were like, “So what?” They had no idea what they were talking about.”

Taking all of this into account, he said that “it just felt ready for satire” and that he could “do Invasion of the Body Snatchers with technology.”

The trailers and talk about the movie made some people wonder… Grimcutty seems to be based on Momo.

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