Internet urban legends appear to be a huge well for horror films to draw from. Multiple movies exploring the stories behind Slenderman have been released, and others, like the Russian Sleep Experiment, are also getting adaptations. It should come as no surprise that the “Momo Challenge,” one of the inescapable memes of 2018, is also getting turned into a horror film called Getaway.
For those of you who somehow don’t remember “Momo,” it was a very creepy picture of a birdlike woman with an unnatural smile. It was actually the picture of a Japanese sculpture – it was creepy, that much is true – but an entire internet hysteria quickly surrounded it.
Parents were soon posting about their children being caught up in the “Momo Challenge,” where increasingly dangerous challenges would be posited before their unwitting children. Some news outlets even claimed that children were committing suicide due to a (seemingly nonexistent) game that surrounded the legend. Like many aspects of the internet, Momo quietly disappeared, probably much more of a hoax than a real danger.
“follows a group of unsuspecting teenagers who, in their last summer before college, find themselves in a secluded cabin in the woods where unusual occurrences unfold. In ghost story fashion, one tells the story of the urban legend, MOMO, a strange spirit of a bird-like woman that taunts its victims with specific personal details and violent commands via text message and phone calls. What starts out as a harmless prank soon turns more sinister over the next 24 hours as the teens start disappearing without any motive or pattern.”
Getaway is to be directed by Lilton Stewart III, and stars MacCallister Byrd, Georgie Storm Waite, Alex Brown, and Stef Beaton. It is scheduled to release around Halloween 2019.
Not many internet urban legend movies have made much of an impact yet, so color us skeptical about Getaway for the time being. Stay tuned to our Twitter, the official NOFS subreddit, and Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club for more upcoming horror news.