Kevin Smith has been hit and miss on his efforts to become a horror director; Red State was great, but Tusk and Yoga Hosers left something to be desired. Well sometimes, when at first you succeed, and you fail, and fail, you end up trying again. So Smith will try again with a new film called Killroy Was Here, an anthology film about a creature called Killroy, described as ”Golem, the Boogeyman and the Grim Reaper combined.” So now, on a Florida college campus, Smith and his company are giving horror another whirl, and they’re hoping that Killroy will be the next big thing in the genre.
“This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale. No one wants to see you spill the blood of innocents, but when someone crosses the line and goes bad, you get to make them pay in horrible ways, and the audience cheers,” said a press release. “Like The Twilight Zone, Killroy is full of ironic twists and grisly moments. We wanted to make an anthology film in the vein of Creepshow.”
Smith, working with a co-writer for this first time in the form of executive producer Andrew McElfresh, originally envisioned Killjoy as a Krampus movie, but all that went back on the shelf when Michael Dougherty‘s movie Krampus hit the big screen a few years ago. So instead we get Killroy, which has its roots in graffiti from World War II as a bald figure with a big nose looking over a wall with the phrase “Kilroy was here.” Somehow, don’t expect Smith’s Killroy to be so innocent.
“I’m a rubber guy. With computer graphics taking over the movies, we wanted the Ringling College kids to get a taste of supernatural storytelling that comes from silicone-and-rubber, real-life practical effects,” said Robert Kurtzman, a creature effects artist who also designed the walrus suit in Tusk. “There’s a real difference seeing how you can terrify audiences with an artist’s airbrush.”
Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida is the stage for Killroy Was Here, and 26 students are taking part in the film. “I tried going to film school but quit to go make a movie,” Smith said. “If I’d had the chance to work with a real director, I probably would’ve graduated. Although I don’t consider myself a real director, but I do play one on TV and am portraying one again as we shoot Killroy in Sarasota!”
No word on a release date for the film, but we will keep you posted with any new developments.