Due to A.A. Milne’s creation entering the public domain this year, the much-loved children’s character Winnie the Pooh was transformed into a disturbed serial killer in the novel Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.
Now it looks like Dr. Seuss’s classic The Grinch is also taking a bad turn in the new horror thriller The Mean One, which will see the grumpy green Christmas hater evolve into a violent threat throughout the festive season.
The Grinch has been adapted numerous times for both TV and film, with Jim Carrey playing a live-action version, Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the role in a recent animated film, and horror icon Boris Karloff contributing his voice to the classic 1966 animated TV special.
This time around it sounds like the not-so-jolly green thing is not coming out to delight the kids.
As reported by Bloody Disgusting, The Mean One will preserve aspects of the traditional story How The Grinch Stole Christmas, but will both mock it and transform it into a horror slasher thriller, which stars Terrifier’s David Howard Thornton in the titular role.
According to the blurb, “The Mean One (David Howard Thornton) is a hairy, green-skinned curmudgeon in a Santa suit, residing on a mountain high above the town of Newville, despising the holiday season.
Young Cindy You-Know-Who (Krystle Martin), whose parents were massacred by The Mean One twenty Christmases earlier, is returning to town to seek closure… However, he or she is soon to learn that this devil with a heart two sizes too tiny is nonetheless anxious to cut the roasted beast.
The Mean One Continues the Trend of Reimagining Children’s Characters in Horror Movies
The Mean One is the second movie this year to show a much-loved children’s figure being changed into a horrible killer, after Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey turned Pooh and Piglet into cruel monsters.
These films are following one another like dominoes, practically laying the groundwork for a new genre in which many more well-known characters from childhood are reimagined as adult comedies.
Alex Williams, the Manager of Acquisitions and Development at XYZ Films, who are distributing the movie, remarked in a statement:
Not that this is anything completely novel. American McGee’s Alice is just one example of how the world of comics and video games has dipped into classic children’s literature to produce grisly renditions of stories like Alice in Wonderland, which now appears to be getting its own TV series.
After the attention Blood and Honey garnered, and with its creator admitting he is already contemplating Peter Pan as another possible target, The Mean One’s popularity this Christmas might well see many more of these movies being made in the near future.
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David Howard Thornton reprises his role as the demonic killer Art the Clown in this sequel to the beloved slasher thriller.
Lauren LaVera, in the role of Sienna, will quickly win over new viewers in Terrifier 2. Samantha Scaffidi, who played Victoria Heyes previously, is also coming back. Additionally included is horror legend Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp).
Terrifier 2 has Art the Clown up to his old tricks once again…
After meeting a grisly end in the first film, the evil behind Art’s resurrection ensures he continues to terrorize the citizens of Miles County.
On Halloween night, he comes back to the sleepy hamlet in search of new victims, and this time he has his eyes set on an adolescent and her younger brother Lauren LaVera and Elliott Fullam, respectively.