The trailer for ‘The Mean One’ shows a twisted version of The Grinch

This week, the first trailer for the bad, a horror parody of the Grinch was released. Stephen LaMorte directed the film, working from a script by Flip and Finn Kobler, which will star Chase Mullins, John Bigham, Erik Baker, Flip Kobler and Amy Schumacher.

The synopsis reads: “The Mean One (David Howard Thornton from Terrifier 2) is a green-skinned hairy grump in a Santa suit who lives on a mountain high above the town of Newville, despising the Christmas season. Young Cindy You-Know-Who (Krystle Martin), whose parents were slaughtered by The Mean One twenty Christmases before, returns to town to seek closure…but when the Mean One launches a new reign of terror that threatens to destroy the Christmas, Cindy finds a bold new purpose: to catch and kill the monster.

the bad is a twisted twist on the 1957 children’s book How the Grinch stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss. In addition to the 1966 television special, the 2000 live-action feature film, and the 2018 computer-animated film, this is the fourth film adaptation of the story.

A voiceover in the trailer references the original story, particularly the 2000 live action starring Jim Carrey. However, he reveals that the previous film’s narrative is not “actually how it happened”.

The upcoming horror trailer showcases a mix of the Christmas and horror genre. A cartoon of the Grinch, dressed in a classic red Santa costume, slashes with a knife and kills gory while a Christmas tree sits in the back. Having survived a Grinch attack that killed her mother, Cindy tries to put her life back together; however, Mean One tracks her down to finish what she started. We also see the town of Newville, a twist on the original Whoville, doing its best to combat grizzly murders. Although, from the trailer, it’s clear that this darker version of the character will rack up a body count in the city.

There’s also the twist of Cindy deciding to train and fight the Christmas killer, using whatever weapons she can, like a huge candy cane light.

Alex Williams, Manager of Acquisitions and Development at XYZ Films who helped produce the film, shared his thoughts on the project while speaking with yahoo. “This movie is an astonishingly good moment with a fiercely subversive turn from David Howard Thornton,” he stated. “XYZ Films is proud to bring this soon-to-be-iconic Christmas slasher to audiences this holiday season.”

the bad is scheduled to be released on Friday, December 9, 2022. Check out the trailer below.

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