Although this yr’s Comedian-Con didn’t occur in individual, Kevin Smith nonetheless delivered his typical wide-ranging presentation — solely this time it was him providing a pre-recorded rundown of his present and future tasks to an at-home viewers. Among the many meatiest developments he shared was releasing the primary trailer for his upcoming comedy-horror anthology “Killrory Was Here.”
Smith likened the movie to the 1982 George A. Romero anthology “Creepshow” or Brad Miska’s 2012 “V/H/S.”
“It’s got a theme that runs through it, in as much as our monster Killroy, and all these little stories that happen around him. He’s kind of like a kid-avenger — if you fuck with kids, Killroy will show up,” he mentioned.
The titular character is predicated on the “Kilroy was here” graffiti phenomena that’s been round for the reason that 1940s: A doodle of a bald-headed man peeking over a wall together with his monumental nostril most prominently prolonged over the wall.
For the movie, Smith tapped make-up artist Bob Kurtzman to create a personality that honored the unique graffiti whereas additionally being appropriate for a horror film. “It’s fucking horrifying but it’s also like horrifying and goofy at the same time. I mean if you look real close when you see Killroy, it looks like he’s got a giant dick for a nose,” Smith mentioned. “It’s supposed to be his features are melted because — well, I don’t want to spoil it.”
The trailer didn’t supply perception into Killroy’s look, nevertheless it did preview loads of goofy horror, with gore, kids saying cursed chants, an alligator hunter, an previous lady with a weed-grow operation, and even a pedophile priest
“Killrory Was Here” already has an extended and storied historical past. Co-written by Andrew McElfresh to initially heart across the actions of Krampus, the pair tweaked the script after Michael Dougherty made a film concerning the folklore character.
Smith began engaged on “Killroy” in Florida with college students from Ringling School of Artwork and Design earlier than he had a coronary heart assault in 2018. He went again to work in Florida as certainly one of his first tasks after recovering, however shelved the movie as he made and launched “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” in 2019.
“We’re working on this flick with the kids and the kids were absolutely lovely, we got some crew from down right there in Florida, and it was so good for the soul, man, because they’ve got the spirit that makes making movies fun,” he mentioned.
Smith mentioned he’s placing the ending touches on “Killroy” and can launch it by early 2021.
Smith additionally revealed that he’s in talks with Common about releasing a “Mallrats” sequel. He introduced in April that he had written a script in quarantine for “Twilight of the Mallrats.”