In his first tweet of the New Year, director Kevin Smith has teased a behind-the-scenes photo from KilRoy Was Here, giving us our first look at his forthcoming horror anthology. “Kilroy was here” and its variants were expressions that became popular with Allied soldiers during World War II; Kilroy being typically portrayed in graffiti form as a bald GI with a long nose.
Starting 2018 the fun way: on a movie set! pic.twitter.com/IKh7QhVyVj
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 2, 2018
The anthology monster has been described by Smith as like “Golem, the Boogeyman and the Grim Reaper combined”. It’s being designed by Hollywood monster veteran Robert Kurtzman, whose work you may have seen in Evil Dead 2 (1982), Misery (1990), Pulp Fiction (1994), and more recently, Kevin Smith’s Tusk (2014).
Back in June, Smith had this to say:
“This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale. 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. We wanted to make an anthology film in the vein of Creepshow.”
Interestingly, Smith was originally going to direct an anthology film about Krampus, Saint Nicholas’s demonic counterpart, but was forced to move on to others things after learning Michael Dougherty was planning a movie of the same name. This might have been the best of all eventualities for Smith; the legend of Krampus has been done to death but no one has ever tried to bring KilRoy to the big screen. That being said, no one has ever tried to bring a military doodle to the big screen either, so we have to commend Smith for originality.
The monster will be played by Justin Kucsulain, known to keen-eyed The Walking Dead fans as Season 6’s Ethan. Azita Ghanizada, Ryan O’Nan, Kathryn Parks, Brendan Ragen, Michael Perez and Cindy De La Cruz also star.