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Internet hoax the Momo challenge to become a horror movie

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Sometimes (most of the time) the internet can be a weird place. It can turn almost anything into a weird craze that has people posting memes or performing weird challenges like putting ice over their head. And now one of those crazes, or to be more specific, a hoax is getting turned into a horror movie by Orion Pictures.  

In 2016, a sculpture called Mother Bird was created by Japanese artist Keisuke Aisawa and exhibited at a Tokyo gallery. Last year that sculpture became the image used by a bunch of internet pranksters who spread rumours of a new viral challenge online. Called the Momo challenge, the game supposedly encouraged young people to complete a series of dangerous tasks such as violent attacks and self-harm via social media. And while the whole thing turned out to be a hoax, it created a lot of panic amongst parents and certain influencers wanting these non-existent videos to be removed from social media platforms. And the scary image of Mother Bird only added to the creepiness of the whole fake craze.

Now according to Deadline, the Momo challenge is now getting turned into a new horror movie. Orion is partnering with production company Vertigo Entertainment and producers Roy Lee and  Taka Ichise to execute the as-yet-untitled film. The project will be a reunion for Lee and Ichise who previously worked together on the American remakes of the Grudge movies and are currently collaborating on the new Grudge reboot due for release in early 2020.

We don’t have any more details about this new project, but it is not the first time that an internet myth has been spawned into a horror movie, as 2018’s Slender Man also had a similar sort of inspiration. That movie turned out to be terrible though, so hopefully this time Orion does a better job in bringing something decent to the screen rather than just trying to cash in on an infamous event and image.

Last Updated: July 11, 2019


  1. Jacques Van Zyl

    July 11, 2019 at 15:41

    The internet is home to so many great horror stories, why chose the trash ones to make into trash films?

    Why not give us a mini series of the Left/Right Game? Or perhaps a film exploring the origins of Jeff the Killer? I even recall a rumour about a Penpal series?

    or perhaps I just read too much into internet ghost stories and feel like they could be more than they are?


    • HvR

      July 11, 2019 at 15:42

      Because Momo reach mainstream media so at very least they can bargain on streaming market to make some money if the movie is POS


      • Jacques Van Zyl

        July 11, 2019 at 15:54

        It annoys me endlessly because there are so many great stories that could make all of the money, not just scary ones but countless gems exist on the internet but only turds get polished because for some reason or another, humans in general eat that shit up.


        • Guz

          July 11, 2019 at 17:24



    • BradeLunner

      July 11, 2019 at 22:43

      I’m reading that left/right story on Reddit and it’s really creeping me out


  2. BradeLunner

    July 11, 2019 at 15:41

    The shining really took it’s toll on Shelly Duvall


  3. Admiral Chief Umbra

    July 11, 2019 at 15:41

    Ugh, I absolute HATE that term,


    The mere fact that a small select group of people that are followed by masses of other people, are able to DICtate what the mass should do, is troubling of the hooooman race


    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      July 12, 2019 at 09:47

      This man knows what’s up


  4. For the Emperor!

    July 11, 2019 at 15:42

    Whats next? A Grumpy Cat movie? A Doge movie? Such grumpiness, much wow…


    • Yahtzee

      July 11, 2019 at 15:54

      I’d watch that…


  5. HvR

    July 11, 2019 at 15:54

    Starting a whatsapp viral message when this comes out that if you record the audio and play it backwards you can hear Mammon commanding you to commit suicide.

    Also another one that it plastered with mind control images placed there by the FSB to influence the 2020 elections.


  6. HvR

    July 11, 2019 at 15:55

    If they do a gender swap they can cast pastor Kenneth Copeland as the Momo monster/demon



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