THE MEAN ONE is getting a limited theatrical release on December 9th. Check out the poster below and more info can be found @ Upcoming Horror Movies

Not your typical Christmas movie, “The Mean One” arrives just in time for the holidays for those are still in need of a horror fix. Welcome to NewVille - The horror film “The Mean One” is a satire telling of the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas and features the Grinch - meaner than you’ve ever seen him before. Tired of stealing Christmas, “The Mean One” has now turned to stealing bodies.

XYZ Films, and director Steven LaMorte announced the upcoming Grinch horror film earlier this year. The slasher parody is set to release this December and is said to contain some of the classic material from Dr. Seuss’ 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas. According to the synopsis “The Mean One” portrayed by David Howard Thornton, is a blood-thirsty hairy green-skinned grump in a Santa Suit, that lives atop the mountain overlooking the small town of Newville, who hates the holidays. A girl named Cindy (Krystle Martin) whose Christmas was ruined and mother was killed by The Mean One, seeks revenge 20 years later after her father was also murdered by the same creature. Now an Adult, Cindy wants to stop the Grinch who killed her family and is terrorizing the town. She undergoes physical training and improves her marksmanship with guns to attempt to trap and kill off the Mean One once and for all.

The slasher film “The Mean One” is a parody of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and is able to release due to loopholes. Dr. Seuss died in 1991, within a more recent decade, so his works have not been considered to be in the public domain. A similar horror retelling Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey was made relatively easy because it was based on public domain books. XYZ Films discovered a legal loophole allowing them to create this gory film - In the U.S, there is something known as “parody law” - parody is protected by the First Amendment as a form of expression. However, since parodies rely heavily on the original work, parodists rely on the fair use exception to combat claims of copyright infringement. Although there is still the possibility of being sued, many directors can use this legal loophole and find a way to utilize copyrighted characters without fear of legal repercussions. So in the movie you never hear the term “The Grinch” instead the antagonist is referred to as “The Mean One” and the protagonist is called Cindy instead of Cindy Lou.


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