|Directed by||John Ross|
|Written by||John Ross|
|Edited by||Chester Howie|
|Music by||Sara Barone|
Grimcutty is a 2022 monster horror film written and directed by John Ross. The film stars Sara Wolfkind, Shannyn Sossamon, Usman Ally, and Callan Farris. It was produced by 20th Digital Studio and Capture. Grimcutty was released on Hulu in United States, on Star+ in Latin America, and on Disney+ internationally. The film generally received negative reviews from critics.
A young teen must work with her little brother to stop an internet meme that has come to life. The outline of the story is a direct reference to the Momo Challenge hoax, an internet moral panic that reached its peak in 2019.
Production company Capture produced and 20th Digital Studio developed the film.
The film released in United States on Hulu, on Star+ in Latin America, and on Disney+ as part of the Star content hub in other international territories, on October 10, 2022.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 25% based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 3.60/10.
Yael Tygiel of Collider included Grimcutty in their "Best Movies on Hulu Right Now" list, and described it as a "grizzly and terrifying movie." Mike Mack of Laughing Place called the film a "fine watch if you’re looking for something new," complimenting the story and the performances of the actors. Sean Shuman of MovieWeb asserted, "Grimcutty may not be a perfect movie, but it's an interesting encapsulation of just how quickly misinformation can wreak havoc, even if it's spread with good intentions." Johnny Loftus of Decider said, "It’s too long, and a character checking a phone or their email will never be as compelling to watch as Hollywood wants it to be. But Grimcutty has a strong cast in its favor, and derives some scary-adjacent chills from setting its main baddie loose to grimly grab at teens in trouble."
Matt Donato of Paste gave Grimcutty a grade of 5.5 out of 10, and said the film "works itself backward into a forgettable cyber-folktale fate." Shrija Ganguly of Sportskeeda stated that Grimcutty has "some good horror content," and complimented the performance of Usman Ally, but stated that the film has too much loopholes. Lindsay Traves of Pajiba asserted that the film is "born of an interesting idea," but said that the execution was "unfortunately boring." Kyle McWilliams of Mashable said that the "scares are overshadowed by over-explanation," writing, "If the movie trusted its audience more in collecting the thematic goods, there could be space to discover even deeper horrors within the depths of online culture. Instead, the spoon-feeding approach kills the thrills and the fun."
Joe Lipsett of Bloody Disgusting gave the film a grade of 2 out of 5 and complimented the performance of Sara Wolfkind, but called it a "messy film, complete with substantial logic gaps, more than one scenery-chewing performance, and a run time that isn’t earned by its relatively thin, repetitive script." Brian Costello of Common Sense Media gave Grimcutty a grade of 2 out of 5, said the presence of positive messages is almost non-existent, and noted the absent of positive role models across the characters. Loric C. of Ready Steady Cut gave Grimcutty a grade of 1.5 out of 5 and found the movie to be a "weak offering to the horror genre."