‘The Mean One’: A Terrifying Twist on ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Comes to VOD
During last year’s Christmas holiday season, horror enthusiasts were treated to a chilling and twisted take on the Grinch universe created by Dr. Seuss with the release of ‘The Mean One’. This horror parody film stood out among recent adaptations of beloved characters from family-friendly origins. It captured the attention of audiences worldwide with its thrilling trailer, which quickly went viral on the internet. Now, approximately six months after its initial theatrical release, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that this horror comedy will be available for streaming on video-on-demand (VOD) through DeskPop Entertainment.
The Mean One draws inspiration from the core storyline and characters of the Grinch universe. It follows the sinister adventures of the titular Christmas-hating protagonist, portrayed by David Howard Thornton. Perched on the snowy mountaintop overlooking the village of Newville, he unleashes a reign of terror upon its unsuspecting inhabitants during the holiday season. The Mean One ventures into darker territory than the original lore, as the green monster not only steals food and presents but also adds murder to his list of crimes. However, as he plans for his usual Christmas rampage, he encounters Cindy You-Know-Who, played by Krystle Martin, a brave young woman determined to confront the haunting memories of her parents’ brutal death at the hands of The Mean One two decades ago. Their fates become intertwined, leading to an intense battle as Cindy becomes an unexpected obstacle in The Mean One’s quest for chaos.
DeskPop Entertainment, which holds the worldwide sales rights to the film, will provide fans with the opportunity to experience this gripping tale from the comfort of their own homes. “We’re thrilled to bring The Mean One to our amazing fans and audiences around the world in partnership with DeskPop,” said Steven LaMorte, the film’s scriptwriter and director. He added, “Their expertise in working with genre films like ours makes them the perfect collaborator for our unique brand of Christmas chaos!” Mat Levy, DeskPop’s VP, stated, “I am delighted to bring one of the most talked-about cinematic experiences of the year to audiences worldwide, just in time for both Halloween and Christmas. I can assure you that your heart will grow three sizes for this film before being pierced by a delicious candy cane spear.”
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The Team Behind ‘The Mean One’
The script for the movie was a collaborative effort between the director, LaMorte, and the writing duo of Flip Kobler and Finn Kobler. LaMorte had previously collaborated with Finn Kobler on projects like ‘Bury Me Twice’ and ‘Nightwatch’. Additionally, LaMorte served as a co-producer alongside Amy Schumaker and Martine Melloul. ‘The Mean One’ was brought to life by XYZ Productions, A Sleight of Hand Productions, Amy Rose Productions, and Kali Pictures.
‘The Mean One’ will be available for streaming on VOD starting from October 3, just in time for Halloween. Watch the trailer below:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about horror parody
When will ‘The Mean One’ be available on video-on-demand (VOD)?
‘The Mean One’ will be available on VOD starting from October 3, just in time for Halloween.
What is ‘The Mean One’ about?
‘The Mean One’ is a horror comedy and a twisted parody of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’. It follows the evil escapades of the titular Christmas-loathing protagonist as he unleashes terror upon a village during the holiday season. The story takes a darker turn as the green monster adds murder to his crimes. A young woman named Cindy You-Know-Who becomes an unexpected obstacle in his quest for chaos.
Who are the main actors in ‘The Mean One’?
David Howard Thornton portrays the titular character, while Krystle Martin plays Cindy You-Know-Who.
Where can I watch ‘The Mean One’?
You can watch ‘The Mean One’ on video-on-demand (VOD) through DeskPop Entertainment.
Who wrote and directed ‘The Mean One’?
‘The Mean One’ was written and directed by Steven LaMorte, in collaboration with Flip Kobler and Finn Kobler.
What production companies are involved in ‘The Mean One’?
‘The Mean One’ was produced by XYZ Productions, A Sleight of Hand Productions, Amy Rose Productions, and Kali Pictures.