Grimcutty – Hulu develops a brand new online terror – Lindenlink

The month of October has brought many horrors back to the big screen or broadcast on the small screen. Chucky has another season on SyFy. Hellraiser has a remake on Hulu; at the same time, Michael Myers He finished the new reboot trilogy. Marvel Studios has a “Werewolf by Night” special, and Hocus Pocus is back after 29 years. It’s been a busy month for killers and legislators.

Hulu also has a new crowd-scare horror — mobile apps!

Asha Chaudhary (Sara Wolfkind, “Love All You Have Left”) is an inspiring teen influencer whose most videos are whispering pejoratively into the microphone (BLE). Her parents, Leah and Amir (Shannyn Sossamon, “A Knight’s Tale” and Usman Ally, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” on Netflix), are astonished to hear about the growing phone challenge app spreading across town. Although the challenges are never specified, the app has a ghastly looking pale face with red eyes on the screen. The challenges involve self-harm and throw every parent into terror, shielding their children from phones, tablets, laptops, etc.

However, despite her parents’ protective attempts, Asha begins to see a dangerous figure in the shadows who resembles Grimcutty App. He attacks her, but no one can see her but her. While her parents fear that she is addicted to technology and the app, Asha tries to discover the mystery of the origin of the Grimcutty app without her phone and computer. Her journey will lead to a strangely oblivious woman (Alona Tal as Melinda Gaines, CBS’ “SEAL Team”) who runs a “detox” blog associated with Grimcutty.

No matter what she discovers, Grimcutty returns, time and time again, to hurt her and send her parents into more hysteria at the same time. As the parents all fear their kids are next to run the app, Asha learns that it’s not the app but the parents themselves that feed the monster.

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“Grimcutty” directed by John Ross. There isn’t much information about Ross other than writing and directing episodes for horror shows and shorts, such as “Bite Size Horror.” Grimcutty is his first full-length movie.

So, what exactly is Grimcutty? – Hell if you knew. You’d think with this kind of movie, eventually, someone would emerge with a detailed history of the creature, including its weaknesses, the mythology it’s based on, its likes/dislikes, first date ideas, etc.

Instead, there is only the Grimcutty type. Nobody finds out how it happened or why he’s attacking now. Has it always existed, or was it released after centuries of imprisonment? Is he a demon or a god?

And where did you go next? After Asha convinces her parents that Grimcutty is real, he is gone. No more children being attacked, and everything is back to normal.

And there is no answer for who started the phone app — the very thing that started it all. It was discussed to death as an extreme challenge app, but the challenges were never brought up. When they show the app, it’s just a freeze-frame close-up of Grimcutty’s face.

What I really liked about this movie is that it wasn’t about a cursed app. Instead of logging into the Grimcutty app and condemning yourself, the app is just a red herring for parents to go crazy and fear the worst.

And this is how you get it – through your parents’ fear. I have to say, it’s much better than having a bunch of idiot kids download an app they know is killing you. Then sit for two hours and listen to them cry and say they’re sorry to do that.

I think this is the best part – the parents an act They think their children are participating in Grimcutty. Asha’s parents are introduced as actually paranoid about their children’s use of the Internet. Grimcutty makes them worse, and things only escalate when Asha sneaks onto the internet behind their backs to find out more about Grimcutty.

Naturally, the more paranoid and fearful they become for their children – the more powerful Grimcutty they will become.

There’s another horror movie that Grimcutty reminds me of — 2014’s “The Babadook.” No, it’s not that they both have silly baby names; This is a complete coincidence (I think). In “The Babadook”, the Babadook entity manifests itself in the main character’s guilt. The entity tortures her until she faces her problems, until she accepts the Babadook as a part of her.

The Babadook sticker.

Grimcutty works similarly except that it was created by parental fear. The Babadook is more explicit in his purpose, though he tortures the main character until he forces her to face her guilt. Grimcutty appears only to cut you off and smile.

One big problem I noticed with the entity is that the movie is very quick to show off the creature. In the first scene, the audience gets a good look at his strange face. So after the third time, he attacks the kids, he’s not scary anymore and he’s just a goofy looking monster.

I wanted to like “Grimcutty,” especially with the idea of ​​the entity being due to parental overprotective paranoia. But the movie just came off as disappointing and boring. It also ends with more questions than answers. Maybe this is in anticipation of a sequel, but I’m not holding my breath for another.

“Grimcutty” is streaming on Hulu.

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