The Grinch Turns Slasher This Christmas in New Horror Movie The Mean One

This year has already seen beloved children’s character Winnie the Pooh become a deranged serial killer in Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey following the A.A. Milne creation entering the public domain. Now it looks like Dr. Seuss character The Grinch is also taking a nasty turn in new horror movie The Mean One, which will see the grumpy green Christmas hater turn into a violent menace around the festive season.

The Grinch is no stranger to being adapted for both TV and cinema, with Jim Carrey playing a live action version of the character, Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the role in a recent animated movie and horror icon Boris Karloff lending his voice to the classic 1966 animated TV special. This time around it sounds like the not-so-jolly green creature is not coming out to entertain the kids.


As reported by Bloody Disgusting, The Mean One will retain some of the classic story How The Grinch Stole Christmas, but will both parody it and twist it into a horror slasher movie, 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 grump in a Santa suit, living on a mountain high above the town of Newville, despising the holiday season. Young Cindy You-Know-Who (Krystle Martin), whose parents were butchered by The Mean One twenty Christmases earlier, is returning to town to seek closure… but is about to discover that this fiend with a heart two sizes to small is still quite eager to carve the roast beast.”

The Mean One Continues The Trend of Reimagining Children’s Characters in Horror Movies

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The Mean One is the second movie this year to see a much-loved children’s character being transformed into a horrifying killer, after Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey turned Pooh and Piglet into sadistic monsters. Coming in quick succession, these movies are almost setting up a new sub-genre that could potentially see many other classic children’s characters becoming R-rated for the entertainment of adults.

Alex Williams, the Manager of Acquisitions and Development at XYZ Films, who are distributing the movie, commented in a statement:

“As a passionate fan of seasonal horror (and the Terrifier franchise), The Mean One is exactly the kind of film that lands on my personal ‘nice list.’ This movie is a stunningly great time with a ferociously subversive turn from David Howard Thornton — and XYZ Films is so proud to be bringing this soon-to-be iconic Christmas slasher to audiences this holiday season.”

Of course this is not something that is entirely new. The world of comic books and video games have previously dipped into classic children’s literature to deliver some gruesome iterations of the likes of Alice in Wonderland in American Mcgee’s Alice, which itself seems to be heading forward with a TV series adaptation. After the attention Blood and Honey gained, and with its creator saying he is already considering Peter Pan as another possible target, The Mean One’s success this Christmas could well see many more of these movies being made in the near future.

The Mean One is released on December 15th.