Grimcutty
Poster
Directed byJohn Ross
Written byJohn Ross
Produced by
  • David Brooks
  • Jenna Cavelle
  • Dawn Fanning Moore
  • David D. Moore
  • Arbi Pedrossian
  • Britt Smith
Starring
CinematographyBridger Nielson
Edited byChester Howie
Music bySara Barone
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • October 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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.

Plot

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.[1][2][3]

Cast

Production

Production company Capture produced and 20th Digital Studio developed the film.[4]

Release

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.[5][6]

Reception

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.[7]

Yael Tygiel of Collider included Grimcutty in their "Best Movies on Hulu Right Now" list, and described it as a "grizzly and terrifying movie."[8] 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.[9] 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."[10] 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."[11]

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."[12] 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 many loopholes.[13] Lindsay Traves of Pajiba asserted that the film is "born of an interesting idea," but said that the execution was "unfortunately boring."[14] 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."[15]

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."[16] 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 absence of positive role models across the characters.[17] 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."[18]

References

  1. ^ Thibodeau, Jennifer (November 2022). "Wildly different Huluween offerings: Grimcutty and Matriarch". FanSided. Archived from the original on November 1, 2022. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  2. ^ Weston, Christopher (October 2022). "Is Grimcutty based on Momo Challenge? Inspiration explained". HITC. Archived from the original on October 11, 2022. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  3. ^ Shuman, Sean (October 23, 2022). "Hulu's Grimcutty and Internet Horror: What Makes it Stand Out?". Movieweb. Archived from the original on October 23, 2022. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  4. ^ Leonte, Tudor (October 9, 2022). "Hulu Schedule Additions: New TV & Movies Arriving October 10–16". ComingSoon.net. Archived from the original on October 10, 2022. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  5. ^ Pruner, Aaron (October 11, 2022). "New on Hulu in October 2022". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on October 12, 2022. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  6. ^ Adelgaard, Karina (October 10, 2022). "Grimcutty (2022) – Review | Horror Hulu Disney". Heaven of Horror. Archived from the original on October 10, 2022. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  7. ^ "Grimcutty", Rotten Tomatoes, archived from the original on October 13, 2022, retrieved October 22, 2022
  8. ^ Tygiel, Yael (November 4, 2020). "The 40 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now". Collider. Archived from the original on June 18, 2023. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  9. ^ Mack, Mike (October 10, 2022). "Movie Review – Hulu's "Grimcutty" Keeps You on the Edge of Your Seat". Laughing Place. Archived from the original on October 18, 2023. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  10. ^ Shuman, Sean (October 23, 2022). "Hulu's Grimcutty and Internet Horror: What Makes it Stand Out?". MovieWeb. Archived from the original on October 23, 2022. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  11. ^ Loftus, Johnny (October 10, 2022). "'Grimcutty' Hulu Review: Stream It or Skip It?". Decider. Archived from the original on October 11, 2022. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  12. ^ Donato, Matt (October 11, 2022). "Creepypasta Horror Grimcutty Overplays Its Monstrous Hand". Paste Magazine. Archived from the original on October 11, 2022. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  13. ^ Ganguly, Shrija (October 10, 2022). "Grimcutty review: The John Ross horror film on Hulu works despite a freakish monster and some loose strings". Sportskeeda. Archived from the original on October 10, 2022. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  14. ^ Traves, Lindsay (October 10, 2022). "Review: Hulu's Momo-Inspired 'Grimcutty' Is a Failure". Pajiba. Archived from the original on October 11, 2022. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  15. ^ McWilliams, Kyle (October 12, 2022). "'Grimcutty' Review: The Internet meme becomes our professor?". Mashable. Archived from the original on October 12, 2022. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  16. ^ Lipsett, Joe (October 10, 2022). "Hulu's 'Grimcutty' Review – A Slight, Repetitive Creature Feature About Hysteria and the Internet". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on October 10, 2022. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  17. ^ Costello, Brian. "Grimcutty Movie Review | Common Sense Media". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on November 2, 2022. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  18. ^ C, Lori (October 10, 2022). "Grimcutty review - a painful to watch, weak and out-of-touch horror offering". Ready Steady Cut. Archived from the original on October 10, 2022. Retrieved October 10, 2022.