We've been seeing Kevin Smith's name a lot around these parts lately because of his upcoming foray into horror with TUSK, which was just recently picked up by XYZ Films. Well, folks, it appears that TUSK wont be the last time we see what Smith can bring to the horror genre as he has just announced that he has finished the screenplay for an upcoming holiday horror anthology in the vein of CREEPSHOW. It's called COMES THE KRAMPUS and it's based on the Scandinavian/German beast-like Christmas creature that eats children. How perfectly awesome is that? From the way he explains this one, it sounds like it's going to be a nasty little treat to horror fans with a whole lot of what the f*ck sprinkled in for good measure.
Smith took to his blog to explain just what to expect from COMES THE KRAMPUS:
If you listen to the EDUMACATION podcast, you’ll remember that episode 20 (Part 2 of the Christmas eps) consisted of another dopey conversation that resulted in a screenplay – a’la SModcast and TUSK. I was goofing around with Mr. Edumacation himself, Professor Andy McElfresh, when we accidentally brainstormed a Christmas horror anthology that would eschew the gruesome spin on Santa Claus, and instead embrace the Scandinavian/German Kid-Eating Christmas creature known as The Krampus. That podcast was released 12/23/13.
It took us less than a month, but Andy and I have finished the screenplay for a flick we’re calling COMES THE KRAMPUS! It’s 99 pulse-pounding pages of what’s essentially SModCo’s CREEPSHOW, with four terrifying tales stitched together by a freaky framing device. It was a blast to write and totally new to me, as I never actually wrote a screenplay WITH someone else before.
And now, to extend the spirit of collaboration even further, I’M GONNA CO-DIRECT THE FLICK WITH THE SMODCO FAMILY! Andy McElfresh will direct the “The Krampus vs. The 3rd Grade” episode (SO fucked up), Jason Mewes (yes – THAT Jason Mewes) will direct the “Hitler’s Krampus” episode (twisted period piece), I will direct the “Mask Maker” episode (the Gothic horror piece), Carol Banker will direct the “The Proposal” episode (which is fucking nuts), and Jennifer Schwalbach will direct “The Bad Babysitter” – which is the framing device that holds the whole mess together. Jordan Monsanto will produce for SModcast Pictures and the twin SModCo cherries on the top of this scary sundae? I’m gonna force my Bro Scotty Mo(sier) to act in it and Babble-Meister RALPH GARMAN will feature in every episode!
The script reads like it’s maybe a $2 million movie. We’ll start doing a schedule and a budget next week, but the idea is to shoot it right on the heels of CLERKS III (which I’m hoping to start on April 7th). It’s gonna be fun and a true SModcast Picture! There’s something to be said for the power of podcasting…
I'm definitely excited for this because we could always use more holiday themed anthologies, and with Smith's brand of humor and a crazy set-up like COMES THE KRAMPUS, I think we have a lot to look forward to!