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Old 01-25-2014, 04:46 PM   #1
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Comes the Krampus - Kevin Smith's Christmas Horror Anthology

From the writer/director of 'Red State' and 'Tusk,' 'Comes the Krampus':
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If you listen to the EDUMACATION podcast, you’ll remember that episode 20 (Part 2 of the Christmas eps) consisted of another dopey conversation that resulted in a screenplay – a’la SModcast and TUSK. I was goofing around with Mr. Edumacation himself, Professor Andy McElfresh, when we accidentally brainstormed a Christmas horror anthology that would eschew the gruesome spin on Santa Claus, and instead embrace the Scandinavian/German Kid-Eating Christmas creature known as the The Krampus. That podcast was released 12/23/13.

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!

The script reads like it’s maybe a $2 million movie. We’ll start doing a schedule and a budget next week, but the idea is to shoot it right on the heels of CLERKS III (which I’m hoping to start on April 7th). It’s gonna be fun and a true SModcast Picture! There’s something to be said for the power of podcasting…
http://silentbobspeaks.com/?p=1075

I'm an old Kevin Smith fan but I have not checked out his first horror outing yet, nor have I been wanting to as I've heard very bad things, but this sounds kinda fun. I was kicking around the idea of a Kampus horror film 'round November myself.

I'd go a very different route however, especially since horror anthologies always bomb. But the segment titles alone have me intrigued enough to want to see it.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:02 PM   #2
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I was SUCH a Kevin Smith fan back in high school that I almost feed badly about not caring to see anything he's done in what feels like forever. Yet, a horror anthology does have me interested! But Jason Mewes directing? Really?
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:23 PM   #3
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I thought his first horror outing was Tusk? and it seems unfair for bad word of mouth when the film is not actually finished? or am I missing something? The 'Comes the Krampus' sounds quite interesting, could be good, just depends how they play it.
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:43 PM   #4
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I thought his first horror outing was Tusk? and it seems unfair for bad word of mouth when the film is not actually finished? or am I missing something? The 'Comes the Krampus' sounds quite interesting, could be good, just depends how they play it.
2011's Red State has been labeled as Horror.

I'm not convince Smith can make a truly suspenseful horror flick, but a fun one with comedic elements? Certainly. Especially if they're all short segments. I rather liked Clerks 2 and Zack & Miri Make a Porno so I think this has a chance.
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Old 01-26-2014, 01:15 AM   #5
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If Smith wants to keep trying his hand at horror the portmanteau format might be more appropriate for him. Red State was an over-ambitious, derivative mess that failed to mesh all of the disparate elements it "borrowed" from better films (the desperate attempt to ape the ending of No Country For Old Men cemented the sour taste in my mouth). I have enough affection for his older work that I'd probably give this a shot.
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Old 01-26-2014, 02:53 AM   #6
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Gee, I guess I'm alone here but I hated Clerks so much I never wanted to see another one of his movies until I heard about Red State and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been waiting years for a Krampus movie and am really looking forward to finally getting one.
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:46 AM   #7
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red state of course, hated it, so that's probably why it is far removed from my memory.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:03 PM   #8
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red state of course, hated it, so that's probably why it is far removed from my memory.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:14 PM   #9
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I really enjoyed Red State as did everyone I know. Strange to see so much hate for it on here. I thought it was well done and suspenseful, even if it is jarring at times the way he mixes several genres together. Michael Park's speech was worth the price of admission alone.

I have loved, or at least liked all of his work, other then of course the abysmal Cop Out, which he was more just a hired gun.

This and Tusk both sound very interesting, not to mention his stage musical Helena Handbag.
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I loved CLERKS when it came out...but I haven't seen it in many years, partially because I'm certain it wouldn't hold up. I thought RED STATE was such a huge improvement over everything that came between the two, which I hated. I hope that it marked a new phase in his development as a filmmaker.
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I also thought Red State was really good. Reminded me a bit of Borderland and Undocumented, all three of which were underrated.
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I loved CLERKS when it came out...but I haven't seen it in many years, partially because I'm certain it wouldn't hold up. I thought RED STATE was such a huge improvement over everything that came between the two, which I hated. I hope that it marked a new phase in his development as a filmmaker.
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