VIRAL NEWS: FNAF, COSTUMES & FRIED CHICKEN
A peek into the topics buzzing at Cassandra
Welcome back to our weekly roundup! In today's fast-paced culture, Cassandra is your go-to source for staying in the loop with the topics creating conversations. This week, as we all mourn and pay tribute to the beloved and iconic “Friend” Matthew Perry, we take a look at some of the other headlines influencing the internet discourse, including a shock box-office hit, celebs who slayed Halloween, and a fried chicken crossover that served up an extra spicy treat this Halloween week. Clearly, lots to cover, so buckle up as we dig into this week's edition of viral news.
FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S
Despite harsh criticism – the movie holds a meager 27% Rotten Tomatoes rating – young moviegoers have been flocking to theaters in droves, some even donning costumes, to catch the surprise hit, "Five Nights At Freddy's,” which surpassed box office expectations, securing an impressive $80 million domestic debut during the Halloween weekend, partly thanks to the cameos from YouTube influencers, which have made young people jump and howl in the seats with excitement. From The Super Mario Bros. Movie to HBO’s The Last of Us TV series, video game adaptations are on a roll right now, and clearly, FNAF is no different. Based on the popular video game, the film stars Josh Hutcherson as a nighttime security guard at a Chuck E. Cheese-like eatery where he discovers the animatronic mascots have a penchant for murder. Despite the movie's PG-13 rating, it has cultivated a dedicated young fanbase, introduced to the game through Let's Plays and reaction videos, and who have been captivated by the endearingly ugly characters. As a result, nearly every Gen Z and Gen Alpha with internet access is well-versed in discussing the intricately woven lore, contributing to its remarkable success.
BEST DRESSED CELEBRITY COSTUMES
Amid the actors' strike and SAG-AFTRA rules, stars were told to keep their costume photos under wraps if they were tied to productions. However, despite the guidelines, some rule breakers did slip in, like Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, who raised eyebrows with their "Kill Bill" couple costume. Mother-daughter duo Kim K and North West had us “totally buggin’ as they channeled Beverly Hills BFFs Cher Horowitz and Dionne Davenport from the iconic 90s movie Clueless and even included a white Jeep Wrangler just like the one the gal pals drove to their fictional High School. And, recently engaged couple Channing Tatum and Zoë Kravitz aced the eerie classic "Rosemary's Baby." However, as one who stuck to the suggested regulations, and following her viral worm ensemble from last year, Heidi Klum maintained her Queen of Halloween title with an over-the-top giant peacock costume made out of 12 people. Although, in an amusing twist, there are some suggesting that for the first time ever, she may have been upstaged by none other than her husband, Tom Kaulitz - showing up as the peacock's egg. #LMAO
CHICKEN THEMED INTERVIEWS
During Halloween week, fans of chicken-based interview shows were served some tasty teasers via Instagram and TikTok. Amelia Dimoldenberg, the host of Chicken Shop Date known for her quirky first-date-style interviews at a fried chicken joint in London, and Sean Evans, the fiery Hot Ones host who challenges his guests to eat increasingly spicy wings, hinted that they were ready to take a seat across from each other. Both hosts have a knack for interviewing a wide range of celebrities, including Pedro Pascal, Jennifer Lawrence, the Jonas Brothers, Lewis Capaldi, and many more. However, the buzz on social media reached new heights as fans eagerly awaited the crossover moment in which these two interviewers would share the hosting spotlight - and have a clucking good time to boot. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait too long, as we can now watch the Chicken Shop Date x Hot Ones interview over on YouTube.