Dr. Seuss wrote the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 1957, and since then, the Grinch has stolen our gifts and our hearts in this sweet tale of overcoming the holiday blues. After all, he wrote this story as a way to mend his sour outlook on the Santa-loving holiday. Over the years, there have been many adaptations of the Grinch, but none of them are like this latest remake, The Mean One.
This very, very loose remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas has changed a lot. First, the Grinch is known as The Mean One, and Cindy Lou-Who is now Cindy You-Know-Who. Even the town’s name has changed! Whoville is now Newville. Perhaps, it’s a homage to this new take on the Grinch. In this retold tale, The Mean One (David Howard Thornton) murders Cindy Lou You-Know-Who’s (Krystle Martin) parents twenty years before the film takes place. In the present day, Cindy returns to her hometown for closure, but sadly, she meets the green-skinned evil hairy killer in another face-off.
The film distributor is XYZ Films, and they are releasing The Mean One everywhere for free on December 15th, 2022, gifting horror fans and holiday lovers alike a new taste of parody-horror. Steven LaMorte directs, and with the help of Flip and Fin Kolber as the writers, the next iteration of How The Grinch Stole Christmas is born.
Since the news was released, Twitter has been sharing very mixed discord on the matter. Most reactions appear to be negative. Who can blame them? This is their childhood being remade into a nightmare. There have been so many different iterations, but they all come to one conclusion of a happy ending during the holiday season.
Now, we’ve seen the Grinch more than a few times on the big screen. His original debut was in 1966, airing for the whole world. Almost a decade later, a prequel was made entitled It’s Grinch Night in 1977. Jim Carrey dawned the green furry suit in 2000, recreating the legendary tale to the big screen. Personally, it’s a Christmas favorite of mine. One part kooky and one part heartwarming, it’s an excellent mixture for the Christmas season. In 2018, computer-generating studio, Illumination, and Benedict Cumberbatch teamed up for another remake, giving us another animated spin on the classic story.
Whether you like it or not, The Grinch is due for yet another (more gruesome) makeover. So buckle up and enjoy the show! For more Dr. Seuss adaptation news, click here!