‘The Grinch’ Horror Movie ‘The Mean One’ Is Definitely Not For Kids

There’s something about the sarcastic Green Grinch that’s so alluring. Is it his tendency to always cancel his projects? His relatable vacation snark? His dedication to alone time? Kids love the villain too, with his hilarious jokes and snarky ways and adorable dog, Max. But the latest installment of the classic is absolutely not for kids — XYZ Films’ The mean one is an R-rated horror/slasher flick that takes “the vile” to a whole new level this December.

The character created by Dr Suess first stole Christmas and the hearts of the world in the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and the musical/short that followed in 1966 with Thurl Ravenscroft’s now-iconic song “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. Jim Carrey’s 2000 live-action version allowed fans to see another side of this cuddly cactus-like character – one whose heart didn’t shrink three sizes until he laughed at him and be abused by the community – and Benedict Cumberbatch’s 2018 animation the grinch still made us laugh with his misdeeds. But this latest iteration should only air after the kids have gone to bed (and with all the Christmas lights on), because it’s going to be scary.

The mean one is a slasher parody of The grinch.

Unlike previous adaptations of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The mean one is a “violent slasher parody”, according to Deadline. The film is directed by Steven LaMorte and stars David Howard Thornton (Terrifying 2), as a furry green Mean One dressed in a Santa costume who lives on a mountain above Frazier Park. Cindy You-Know-Who is played by Krystle Martin (stunt performer and coordinator). She returns to town to seek closure after her parents are literally “massacred” by The Mean One. It’s gory and macabre and for adults only.

“As an avid fan of seasonal horror, The mean one is exactly the kind of film that ends up on my personal ‘nice list,'” said Alex Williams, head of acquisitions and developments at XYZ Films, per Deadline. “This film is an incredibly brilliant moment with a ferociously subversive twist from David Howard Thornton – and XYZ Films is so proud to bring this soon-to-be-iconic Christmas slasher to audiences this holiday season.”

The film will be released in time for Christmas.

The mean one will go live for free on December 15, just in time for the holiday season.

There’s no trailer yet and no details on where it will be released, so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled. Pro tip: Use a 39.5 foot pole to keep your kids away from this horror movie.

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