As mentioned this week, the copyright of the 1928 short film expired on January 1, 2024, Steamboat Willieso this version of the iconic character officially entered the public domain Mickey Mouse.

Some horror-themed projects began to be announced, one of them is the horror comedy by director Steven LaMorte (The Mean One), and now it is revealed Mickey’s Mouse Trapa low-budget independent horror film, filmed before the character was out of the public domain, by the director Jamie Bailey and script Simon Phillips.

Below you can find the first image, poster and teaser trailer.

Furthermore, it was revealed Infestation 88, a horror video game that will also revolve around a terrifying Mickey.


“It's Alex's 21st birthday but she's stuck in the arcade on a night shift so her friends decide to surprise her but a masked killer dressed as Mickey Mouse decides to play his own game with them which she must play. survive.”

Bailey le dice a THR:

“We just wanted to have fun with it all. I mean, it's Mickey Mouse from Steamboat Willie murdering people. He is ridiculous. We did it and we had fun doing it and I think he shows.”

The main cast is made up of Sophie McIntosh, Callum Sywyk, Allegra Nocita, Ben Harris, Damir Kovic, Mackenzie Mills, Nick Biskupek, and the scriptwriter himself Simon Phillips.

The movie It will be launched in March 2024.

EYE ON THE DATA: The only version of Mickey that is in the public domain is the one portrayed in Steamboat Willie. Likewise, it will be necessary to know if the name Mickey Mouse can be used in these new and recently announced projects.

Over the weekend, a Disney representative clarified:

“More modern versions of Mickey will not be affected by the expiration of Steamboat Willie's copyright, and Mickey will continue to play a prominent role as a global ambassador for the Walt Disney Company in our storytelling, theme park attractions and products.

“Of course, we will continue to protect our rights in more modern versions of Mickey Mouse and other works that remain subject to copyright, and we will work to protect against consumer confusion caused by unauthorized uses of Mickey and our other iconic characters. “

This is somewhat similar to what happened with Winnie the Pooh, a character originally introduced to the audience in the 1920s by author AA Milne. The version of the character that Disney turned into a pop culture icon is not available in the public domain, while the original incarnation of the character is. That is why projects like the slasher have been possible. Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023), which already has a sequel in the works. Other films in the works include Cinderella’s Curse, Peter Pan: Neverland Nightmarey Bambi: The Reckoning.

Teaser trailer, poster and official image:


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