Creature feature films are a staple of the horror movie genre. Critters, Tremors, The Blob, Arachnophobia, and even Godzilla are all staples in my horror movie 101 upbringing. However, Hulu’s Grimcutty has the formula but maybe they needed a calculator to figure out the finer points of making this work.
WHAT IS GRIMCUTTY?
The film tells the story of suburban siblings who have to help stop a terrifying internet meme that has come to life. If you’ve watched the trailer or read the synopsis then the entire film is given away before you even hit play. The Grimcutty meme is really just a random picture of the creature. However, its power is fueled by the hysteria of the parents.
For me, the film feels like someone threw watered-down versions of Slender Man and The Babadook into a blender and poured out the contents onto a script. But, it’s not executed nearly as well. The creature could possibly be creepy for children, but as an adult, it elicited more laughter than gasps.
The pace of the film also somehow managed to be both too slow and too fast at the same time. Grimcutty reveals major plot points very early on and then does very little with them for the next 20-30 minutes. Overall, I was just…bored. I mean, I fell asleep 3 times trying to get through the film.
THE FILM IS A LETDOWN, THE CAST ISN’T
All of that being said, the cast did a decent job with what they were given. Shannyn Sossaman (A Knight’s Tale) did a decent job as the mother of our main character Asha (Sara Wolfkind – Supernatural). However, I would have liked more of the little brother played by Callan Farris (Gabby Duran & The Unsittables) in the film. He actually held my attention more than any of the other characters.
Overall, if you are an adult horror fan this film probably isn’t going to do it for you. But if you have 2 hours, a full pot of coffee, and maybe a pre-teen who is just finding their way into the horror genre….give Grimcutty on Hulu a shot.
Grimcutty begins streaming on Hulu Monday, October 10th!
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