In the last decade movie maker, story teller, and podcast pioneer Kevin Smith has made a departure from his run of the mill dick and fart joke movies (which I say with the utmost respect as a loyal fan) to some of the darkest and twisted stories that make you go “What the hell did I just watch?” …which I also say with love and respect. Tusk was one of the best movies I saw in 2014 and 2011’s Red State blew me away. As Smith continues his departure from his stoner comedies comes his latest project; Killroy was Here.
Before we continue, I’m sorry to break the news to the Kevin Smith fan base that the long awaited third movie of his True North Trilogy, Moose Jaws, has been put on hold for this project. I know, I know, I’m on the edge of my seat for that movie too, but he is going to get to it. What he may not be getting to anytime soon is Mallrats 2 (sigh) because of funding, as well as Clerks 3 (sigh again) because one of the leads has recently dropped out of the project.
However this has not stalled Smith’s creativity in the least. He is currently working on his new film in Sarasota, Florida with the help of film students from the Ringling College of Art and Design. Smith has always been a supporter and advocate for people to follow their dreams, and no doubt some dreams are coming true on the set with students getting real world, firsthand experience on a movie thanks to the director who ironically didn’t finish film school himself.
Smith explained Killroy was Here was originally a Krampus movie concept, but as many of us know Michael Dougherty beat him to the punch on that one with his 2015 film release under the same name. So after some re-working of the script it was turned into something completely different than where they had begun.
Smith explains the movie as “This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale. No one wants to see you spill the blood of innocents, but when someone crosses the line and goes bad, you get to make them pay in horrible ways, and the audience cheers.” He further explains “Killroy is like the Golem, the Boogeyman and the Grim Reaper combined.”
While many fans have been disappointed by Smith’s departure from the style that has made him famous, I for one enjoy the new direction his story telling has taken. In his new adventures of movie making he has taken less of a director role, and instead has taken a bit of an off hands approach. Being a talented story teller Smith now assembles a talented and trustworthy cast, adds a well written and unique script, and then lets the magic just come together organically with very little direction from behind the camera. I, for one, am very excited to see where this movie goes. Despite his natural ability to deliver funny and stoner based humor, he is also a ringer for writing the bizarre and twisted. We at iHorror will bring you further details as they become available to us!
Bellow is a video from the man himself announcing his project.