Kevin Smith, the New Jersey native filmmaker who rose to fame with cult comedies such as Clerks and Mallrats has recently turned his attention to making offbeat horror films. With Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers under his belt (and a few more in the near future) Smith is filming a horror anthology entitled Killroy Was Here.
While not much has been revealed as to the actual plot of the film, it will feature a long nosed monster called Kilroy, based on an iconic piece of graffiti. Smith is directing and co-writing the movie with Andy McElfresh.
Smith recently wrapped shooting the first installment of the anthology flick in Sarasota, Florida with the help of students from the Ringling College of Art and Design.
Kilroy Was Here is a famous piece of graffiti featuring a bald character looking over a fence with a prominent nose, as seen in the image below. The image dates back to World War II.
“This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale,” Smith said in a press release. “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. 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.”
Killroy Was Here was originally titled Comes the Krampus, but the project was temporarily shelved when Michael Dougherty beat him to the punch with 2015s Krampus. He decided to replace the Christmastime demon with the eponymous Kilroy, whilst keeping the same anthology structure he had intended all along.