The beloved Dr. Seuss character The Grinch becomes a slasher in the new horror movie The Mean One arriving just in time for the holidays.
While an iconic kid character gets a genre twist on the screen, The Grinch is now going to be a slasher with the new horror movie The average. First created by Dr. Seuss in the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!The cranky, Christmassy character has been featured in various on-screen adaptations over the years, ranging from the iconic 1966 animation special in which he was voiced by Boris Karloff to the favorite live-action movie directed by Jim Carrey. Most recently, Benedict Cumberbatch voiced Seuss’ beloved character in the 2018 animated film The Grinchwhich received largely mixed reviews, but was a blockbuster.
Directed by Steven LaMorte, The average takes a parodic approach to The Grinch as it is set in the mountain town of Newville and centers on the titular character as he sits above the town and despises the holidays. The Mean One will set its sights on Cindy You-Know-Who, who has returned to town for closure after butchering her parents 20 years ago, setting the table for a brutal revenge plan. As the holiday season kicks off, audiences get a glimpse of a fun mix of multiple genres with a unique take on a much-loved character.
Damn disgusting has revealed that XYZ Films has acquired the rights to the horror comedy The average. The film, which is said to be released everywhere for free on December 15, has been described as a slasher parody of Seuss’ children’s book. XYZ Films’ Manager of Acquisition and Development Alex Williams wrote about the acquisition in the following statement:
As a passionate fan of seasonal horror (and the DANGEROUS franchise), The average is exactly the kind of movie that lands on my personal “beautiful list”. This movie is a staggeringly awesome time with a savagely subversive twist from David Howard Thornton — and XYZ Films is so proud to bring this soon-to-be iconic Christmas slasher to the public this holiday season.
Can The Mean One surpass Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood & Honey?
the unveiling of The average comes as fans of the horror genre are currently preparing for the release of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, the similar slasher twist of the iconic AA Milne character and his sidekick Piglet as they attack Christopher Robin and his new wife for abandoning them while he was off to college. The film, which was produced because the rights to the character fell into the public domain, has understandably been divided, with some praising its interesting twist on a beloved character, while others criticizing it for its violent reinvention of Pooh and Piglet. Of The average now joining the ranks of horror movies that offer different approaches to children’s characters, it will be interesting to see how it performs compared to Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.Since the latest movie hasn’t received a release date yet, The average could eventually set the bar for this new horror subgenre should Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey will not be released until 2023. With the Christmas period already proving to be well ahead of the horror genre with people like Black Christmas, Krampus and many others, this new take on The Grinch could become the cult favorite for the month of December as audiences click with it. Only time will tell when The average will be released for free on December 15.Damn disgustingSource: