‘Mister Rogers’ a Serial Killer in New Horror Movie? – Snopes.com

‘Mister Rogers’ a Serial Killer in New Horror Movie? – Snopes.com

The late children’s television host Fred Rogers’ personality will be adapted for a horror film called “Rogers” in which his character is a serial killer.

On May 23, 2024, a Facebook post from the page YODA BBY ABY claimed that comedy actor Fred Armisen will star in a horror movie about iconic children’s television host Fred Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” except it would turn Rogers into a serial killer.  

The post, which had more than 5,000 likes and had been shared almost 3,000 times as of this writing, showed Armisen dressed like Rogers, while wielding a knife. The post also claimed the movie would be released in October 2024.

The caption read:

In the twisted vision of Rob Zombie, ROGERS reimagines the beloved neighborhood icon in a chilling new light. Fred Armisen stars as Mr. Rogers, whose warm smile and gentle demeanor mask a terrifying secret life as a serial killer. As the facade of his idyllic world unravels, a hidden trail of horror and mystery emerges, plunging his unsuspecting neighbors into a nightmarish struggle for survival. “ROGERS” promises a haunting and thrilling journey, arriving just in time for Halloween 2024.

However, the above claim was fabricated and there was no evidence that such a movie was actually being made. If this were the case, there would have been mainstream news coverage and a promotional campaign involving the main stars. A search of Fred Armison’s IMDb page found there was no upcoming movie with him in the role.

A Google reverse-image search also yielded no authentic sources for the poster in the post. 

The post originated from a Facebook page that is satirical in nature. YODA BBY ABY describes everything it posts as satirical. According to its Facebook introduction: “I’m just here to eat frogs, lift rocks and be satirical. The page is 100% satire and fake news.”

Given this disclaimer is on the page, we rate this claim as “Labeled Satire.”

This is not the first time we have fact-checked posts from this page. Previously, a post promoted a fake poster for a “Hocus Pocus” prequel series. 

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor. 


Evon, Dan. “Snopes Tips: A Guide To Performing Reverse Image Searches.” Snopes, 22 Mar. 2022, https://www.snopes.com//articles/400681/how-to-perform-reverse-image-searches/. Accessed 29 May 2024.

“Fred Armisen | Music Department, Actor, Writer.” IMDb, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0035488/. Accessed 29 May 2024.

Ibrahim, Nur. “‘Hocus Pocus’ Prequel Series in Works at Disney?” Snopes, 23 May 2024, https://www.snopes.com//fact-check/hocus-pocus-prequel-disney/. Accessed 29 May 2024.

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