The unofficial Grinch horror film THE MEAN ONE hits theaters

How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been a holiday staple for decades. It’s just one of those classic stories that will never die and will always find new life, somehow, somehow. Leave it to the horror genre to breathe new life into something so unique The meanan unofficial slasher version of the Grinch coming to a cinema near you this holiday season.

According to a press release, Atlas Film will bring distribution The mean in cinemas in December. We recently reported on director Steven LaMorte’s film, but at the time a theatrical release seemed unlikely as it is not an officially licensed production. So how exactly do the powers that be legally handle this? They seem to be leaning heavily into the parody angle. That much was clarified in the film’s official synopsis, which reads as follows:

“In the bold new spoof, The Mean One (David Howard Thornton) is a hairy, green-skinned grump in a Santa suit who lives on a mountain high above the city of Newville and despises the holiday season. Who (Krystle Martin), whose parents were butchered by The Mean One twenty Christmases ago, returns to town to seek closure… but when the Mean One begins a new reign of terror that threatens to destroy Christmas, Cindy finds a brave one New purpose – to catch and kill the monster.”

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Copyright is a tricky thing, but loopholes do exist for parodies. Because of this, people can record and release parodies of popular songs without having their pants pulled off. So it seems the producers are hoping they can get away with calling this a parody. This might have been easier when the film flew under the radar, but with a theatrical release? One can imagine that this could stir up some problems.

Turning children’s property into horror is all the rage lately. The most prominent example is Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, which also secured a theatrical release after becoming a viral online sensation. The difference in this case is that the filmmakers are using characters that have recently entered the public domain, meaning Pooh Bear and Piglet are fair game. This is not the case with the Grinch. So it could get tricky.

Finn Kobler wrote the screenplay for the so-called parody, starring Krystle Martin, Chase Mullins, John Bigham, Erik Baker, Flip Kobler and Amy Schumacher Terrifier 2 David Howard Thornton as a Grinch-esque character. Schumacher, LaMorte and Martine Melloul are on board as producers, while Jordan Rosner, Gato Scatena and Zach Stampone serve as executive producers.

The mean is scheduled to hit theaters on December 9th.

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