Grinch Horror Movie Will ‘Ruin Christmas’ As Iconic Character Turns Killer

The Grinch is the latest much-loved Christmas character to be reimagined as a horror villain in the upcoming movie The Mean One.
Credit: XYZ Productions

The Grinch has been reimagined as a killer in the upcoming Christmas horror movie The Mean One.

The iconic character is the latest to become a horror villain following Winnie the Pooh – who turns evil in the upcoming thriller Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.

Now the beloved Christmas character will undergo the same treatment as the first images for The Mean One have just dropped.

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The synopsis for the upcoming film reads: “In a sleepy mountain town, Cindy has her parents murdered and her Christmas stolen by a bloodthirsty green figure in a red Santa suit – The Mean One.

“But when the ravenous, Christmas-hating creature begins to terrorise the town and threatens to ruin the holiday, she finds a new purpose – trapping and killing the monster.”

While it will follow some of the same stories as the iconic Dr Seuss novel, it teases that will include some horror/slasher tropes too.

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The film will be released under XYZ Productions.

The studio’s manager of acquisitions and development, Alex Williams, told Deadline: As a passionate fan of seasonal horror, The Mean One is exactly the kind of film that lands on my personal ‘nice list’. 

“This movie is a stunningly great time with a ferociously subversive turn from David Howard Thornton – and XYZ Films is so proud to be bringing this soon-to-be iconic Christmas slasher to audiences this holiday season.”

The article in Deadline also clarifies that the release date of The Mean One is on December 15 and there is even a possibility that it could be available for free online.

Jim Carrey as The Grinch.
The Grinch will become a horror movie villain in The Mean One. Credit: Imagine Entertainment

The Grinch has previously been played by Jim Carrey in How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and was recently voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch in the animated film The Grinch (2018).

However, this version of the character will be played by David Howard Thornton, who is known for playing Art the Clown in the Terrifier franchise.

Most recently, he starred in Terrifier 2, which is meant to be so scary that viewers are fainting, throwing up and fleeing the cinema.

 People on social media have been reacting to the first image of The Mean One.

One person shared: “Finally a Grinch movie I can get excited for!”

Someone else added: “I’m…..not against this.”

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A third individual wrote: “This one makes infinitely more sense than [the] Winnie the Pooh [one].”

Someone else explained how they considered the older versions of The Grinch horror films when they were younger.

They wrote: “Seems like a good time to admit that I had an extremely irrational fear of The Grinch when I was a kid and basically already considered it a horror movie back then.”

The trend for this upcoming season seems to be turning Christmas character’s into violent killers, as shown by the Violent Night trailer which turns Santa Claus into John Wick.

One user on social media also acknowledged that by writing: “First Violent Night now this! Let the slay bells ring!”

The Mean One will be released on December 15.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.