Now that Kevin Smith’s second horror film Tusk has secured distribution via A24, it appears that he is ready to commit himself to the genre even further. We already heard earlier this month that he was in the process of writing a script for an apocalypse-themed musical called Helena Handbag and now this week he has announced that he has completed another script for a Christmas-themed horror anthology that he plans to co-direct with several friends. Someone stop the insanity! Once again, the inspiration came from a SModcast episode where he and Andy McElfresh brainstormed a movie based on the disturbing creature from German folklore known as the Krampus. Here’s what Smith had to say about the project:
“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!”
For those not in the know, Andy McElfresh is a writer who worked with Kevin Smith on his Roadside Attraction segments for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and also penned the screenplay for White Chicks. So… yeah. While I think the idea is actually quite promising (albeit slightly similar to Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale), I have my doubts about Jason Mewes directing pretty much anything. Either way, Smith hopes to shoot it this year after Clerks III, and based on his turnaround time for Tusk, it probably won’t take long. What do you think about Kevin Smith’s latest SModcast-inspired movie project?