The world needs a new Grinch film like we all need a hole in the head. However, when you find out the film is a parody-horror flick entitled The Mean One, things change.
The Mean One is a Christmas slasher film directed by Steven LaMorte and written by Flip Kobler and Finn Kobler. The film is produced by A Sleight of Hand Productions, Amy Rose Productions and Kali Pictures. Terrifier and Terrifier 2 lead David Howard Thornton stars The Grinch and Krystle Martin as Cindy You-Know-Who, with Chase Mullins, John Bigham, Erik Baker, Flip Kobler, and Amy Schumacher in supporting roles.
The film is a horror parody of the 1957 children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss, and follows the title character as he goes on a murderous rampage in a sleepy mountain town during the holiday season. Due to it being an unauthorized parody, the film never uses the language of the original book.
It is the fourth screen adaptation of the story, following the first being the 1966 television special, the second being the 2000 live-action feature-length film, and the third being the 2018 computer-animated film.
In the sleepy mountain town of Newville, Cindy You-Know-Who saw her parents murdered by the Mean One, a bloodthirsty green-skinned creature dressed in a red Santa suit. Twenty years later, as the ravenous monster begins to terrorize the town and threatens to ruin the holiday, she finds a new purpose in stopping the beast.
XYZ Films, the company behind Dual, Tusk, Anna and the Apocalypse, was originally set to collaborate on the film, but on November 23, it was announced that the movie will be slashing through the snow on December 9, 2022, courtesy of Atlas Film Distribution, with XYZ Films no longer involved in the release.