Kevin Smith is a God-like figure to certain fanboys and fangirls out there, but it does seem like he has a problem. He cannot face retiring.
A year ago he announced that Clerks III would be his swan song from directing. Since then he has announced a number of films based off SModcast episodes. Films like the horror(?) Tusk, with Justin Long and Michael Parks, which was originally based off of an odd Gumtree ad for a roommate. he has also proposed a Rapture musical involving a giant Jesus who has more in common with Godzilla than the religious figure Christians worship. Now it seems he has one more project to add to this list, a compilation movie focusing on the Christmas terror Krampus.
There may be those people who are unfamiliar with the concept of Krampus, so here is a brief description of the seasonal monster. Krampus works for Saint Nick himself, and has the fun job of punishing naughty boys and girls. This punishment can be small (giving them coal) to quite horrendous (slapping them silly with a stick or taking them away in his wicker basket). He looks like a mix between Pan and the Devil and terrorises children from Austria, Bavaria, Switzerland and Hungary. His popularity has spread over to other countries in the last few years with his own comic out now from Image, and a film made about him in all but name called Rare Exports.
Smith has called this movie Comes the Krampus, and plans to start work on it after Clerks III (which means we could be waiting a long time). He has enlisted the help of a lot of his on-screen buddies and Podcast pals, as well as his own wife Jennifer Schwalbach, who will be joining the team. Here is a description of the movie from the man himself, taken from his blog:
It took us less than a month, but Andy and I have finished the screenplay for a flick we’re calling Comes the Krampus! It’s 99 pulse-pounding pages of what’s essentially SModCo’s Creeepshow, with four terrifying tales stitched together by a freaky framing device.
I’M GONNA CO-DIRECT THE FLICK WITH THE SMODCO FAMILY! Andy McElfresh will direct the “The Krampus vs. The 3rd Grade” episode (SO fucked up), Jason Mewes (yes – THAT Jason Mewes) will direct the “Hitler’s Krampus” episode (twisted period piece), I will direct the “Mask Maker” episode (the Gothic horror piece), Carol Banker will direct the “The Proposal” episode (which is fucking nuts), and Jennifer Schwalbach will direct “The Bad Babysitter” – which is the framing device that holds the whole mess together. Jordan Monsanto will produce for SModcast Pictures and the twin SModCo cherries on the top of this scary sundae? I’m gonna force my Bro Scotty Mo(sier) to act in it and Babble-Meister Ralph Garman will feature in every episode!
Loving Kevin’s work as I do and as much fun as his Askew-niverse movies are, I am really hoping we get to see some more of his dark side (which we saw with Red State, which was a fantastically gripping chiller). Some of the shorts in this I can hazard a guess are going to be slapstick style pieces (even though it says “twisted” in the description I am guessing Hitler’s Krampus will veer towards humour), but there is room for this to take a more disturbing turn. Krampus is a truly horrific looking character and if done right this could be a great creepy little Tales from the Crypt style movie.
Hearing him mention Creepshow as an example is great news if he plans to incorporate sinister black humour with shocking gore effects like that film did, with amazing success. With Tusk (which also has dark subject matter) it would seem that Mr Smith is moving away from the stoner style culture of his youth and attempting a new filmmaking lease on life.
So maybe it’s for the best that he has not retired yet. Fingers crossed Comes the Krampus will chill us adults as much as the character has chilled children throughout the years. But to keep you entertained why not look at this weird YouTube video from Actually Huizenga where a lady Krampus struts its funky stuff.
Images: Kevin Smith, Image Comics