Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob helmer Kevin Smith has started filming with the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida on his new horror project, Killroy Was Here.
The horror, which came to fruition from one of Smith’s weekly podcasts, is said to be the first offering in an anthology which has moral issues as its base. Smith went on to elaborate in the basis of the storyline.
“This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale,” Smith said. “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.’ Killroy is like the Golem, the Boogeyman and the Grim Reaper combined.”
With a lack of time and a small budget to make the film, the production company behind Killroy Was Here, Semkhor Productions founder, David Shapiro, stated that they wanted to get the college involved to give them experience needed to attract bigger and more complex productions to the area.
“Our goal is to help Ringling students and local residents gain the right kind of experience to become a top tier entertainment workforce with which to attract bigger and more complex productions to Sarasota,”.
Killroy is a popular figure in American culture, one that first popped up as graffiti during World War II, Its origins are debated, but the phrase and the distinctive accompanying doodle but it became associated with GIs in the 1940s. see the image below,
Producers are Andrew McElfresh, who also co-wrote the film; Tony Stopperan of Ringling College of Art and Design; Joe Restaino, owner of Character Brigade; Ringling graduate Nick Morgulis; and Smith’s producer Jordan Monsanto. The leads in the film are Azita Ghanizada (Alphas) and Ryan O’Nan (Fargo).