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“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” Game Inspires Horror Movie

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” Game Inspires Horror Movie

Popular video game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is a game series that essentially features players as cute avatars going about their day. As they live their virtual lives, they’re surrounded by equally cute, anthropomorphic animals that they can choose to interact with or even befriend.


A report from the entertainment website, Deadline, confirmed that a live-action short film featuring the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game titled, Don’t Peek, is inspiring a full-length feature film.

Timur Bekmambetov (WantedAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is managing production under his production label, Bazelevs. Majd Nassif will produce the project. Pavel Bozhkov will be the creative executive for the project.

This will come as a surprise to almost everyone. How can something like Animal Crossing birth a horror movie? Well, an Animal Crossing horror short film called “Don’t Peek” was published online last year to over a million views.

The short film made its festival debut on March 15 at the SXSW Online festival which took place on March 15-20. Filmmaker, Julian Terry, streamed the film on YouTube on October 23. Terry also wrote, edited, colored, and produced the film. Alexander Anderson served as the producer. provided additional VFX.

Now the project, after a very successful screening at the SXSW Online Festival in March, is getting a feature-length makeover. While other details about the project remain unknown, the plot will most likely follow that of the short, which involves a terrifying creature trying to cross over into our human world. This proves that anything—wholesomeness aside—can be made into something scary.


There is also some news on the manga front as Viz Media will release the Animal Crossing: New Horizons-Deserted Island Diary (Atsumare Doubutsu no Mori: Mujintо̄ no Diary) manga in English.

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The Animal Crossing: New Horizons game is the latest entry in the Animal Crossing video game franchise and the first game in the series for the Nintendo Switch. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been quite successful since its release.

The game was originally slated to ship in 2019 but was delayed to March 20, 2020. The game sold 1.88 million copies in Japan in its first three days, the highest number of first-week copies sold for a Switch game in Japan. As of December 31, the game has sold 31.18 million copies worldwide.

How weird is this news? Can Animal Crossing fans actually enjoy a horror film based on the game?

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