Kevin Smith Begins Filming Horror Anthology ‘Killroy Was Here’

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 StateTusk, 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.

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“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.

What do you think about Smith taking on the Killroy anthology movie? Would you rather he stick to his View Askewniverse style?

Michael Fromm
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Michael E. Fromm is an all-around scrivener, writing screenplays (short and feature), short stories, novels, poetry, blogs, articles, and press releases. Since first learning to hold a pen, he has done little but read, watch, and write about characters and worlds of fantasy. It would be very difficult to find him without a pen in hand and an idea in mind, which is problematic for anyone wanting to have a conversation with him. Michael graduated from Rowan University, primarily focusing on improving his skills as a filmmaker and screenwriter. After said schooling, he joined an elite force of Rowan grads who also had the notion of becoming filmmakers. This group, known as Justice Productions, call on him every so often to write short films. And, until this whole writing thing pays off, Michael currently does development & marketing communication (writing, graphic & publication design, social media and website upkeep, etc.) for a web development company in Central New Jersey, where he currently resides.