Kevin Smith Has Turned His Aborted Krampus Film into ‘KillRoy Was Here’

After a small self imposed retirement from filmmaking, Kevin Smith has found himself in perhaps the most productive period of his career. Currently on an experimental horror movie kick with “Tusk” and “Yoga Hosers,” Smith was set to return to his View Askew cinematic universe. Then, “Clerks 3” didn’t happen. Following that, a “Mallrats” sequel couldn’t find a television home. Now, before he shoots “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” as well as “Moose Jaws,” Smith has dusted off an old project. Once set to make a Krampus film, to have been titled either “Anti-Claus” or “Comes the Krampus,” that flick never came together. Never one to sit still though, the filmmaker has given it a second life.

Smith has begun shooting “KillRoy Was Here,” which is essentially a reconfigured version of his Krampus movie. It’s going to be an anthology horror film, and Bloody Disgusting has the details. Here’s a snippet:

“We were gonna make this Krampus movie and then somebody went and made a Krampus movie,” Smith explained over on Facebook Live last night. “Ours was an anthology that played more like Creepshow. Or, to appeal to the modern day kids, Creepshow 2. Or, let’s say, Black Mirror. So yeah, it’s kinda like that. It’s an anthology. So our Krampus movie – which was called Comes the Krampus and then later on, Anti-Claus – it got shelved. So we decided to re-engineer that dopey script. We turned it into a different movie. We just changed the Krampus character – it’s almost the same script. Took the Christmas elements out of it. Instead, we’re calling it KillRoy Was Here.”

What do you think? If you’re a Smith fan, are you excited about “KillRoy Was Here”? Discuss!

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