No official plot yet, but it's said to be a horror anthology that will feature some sort of long-nosed creature.
Filmed in Sarasota, Florida.
Wrestler Chris Jericho plays “a nasty-ass South Florida streamer.”
Kevin Smith recently wrapped filming on a couple segments for the film and will reportedly return to complete the rest of filming in June of this year. Here's what he had to say in a recent social media post: "We shot the first chapter in June of last year and this week we’ve been filming two more terrifying tales about our scary Sarasota suburban legend. I return in June to finish up the movie with my amazing crew, 70% of which is made up of the talented students from the @ringlingcollege of Art and Design." (1/8/18)
It's said that the KillRoy character was a Viatnam soldier, who eventually becomes a monster: “Dude just got lost, and the next time they find him he’s just sitting there, eating babies. And he becomes transformed. Before he loses all of his humanity, they try to rehabilitate him, and instead that drives him out into the wilderness, where he’s transformed into this monster. He’s all melted in the face, that’s what creates the long nose effect."
Kevin Smith spoke a bit about the project, saying: "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.’ Killroy is like the Golem, the Boogeyman and the Grim Reaper combined." (6/15/17)
Kevin Smith gave an update on the project, which is apparently no longer about Krampus, saying: "We were gonna make this Krampus movie and then somebody went and made a Krampus movie. Ours was an anthology that played more like Creepshow. Or, to appeal to the modern day kids, Creepshow 2. Or, let’s say, Black Mirror. So yeah, it’s kinda like that. It’s an anthology. So our Krampus movie – which was called Comes the Krampus and then later on, Anti-Claus – it got shelved. So we decided to re-engineer that dopey script. We turned it into a different movie. We just changed the Krampus character – it’s almost the same script. Took the Christmas elements out of it. Instead, we’re calling it KillRoy Was Here." (6/15/17)
Robert Kurtzman, the SFX legend behind the makeup for Tusk, is going to create the long-nosed creature in the film.
When this was still a Krampus movie filming was originally going to begin sometime in September 2014 and much of the Tusk cast were going to star in this, including Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Michael Parks.
When this project was still about Krampus Kevin Smith was quoted saying: "When I was a kid, if they wanted to make a Christmas horror movie, they’d stick an axe in Santa’s hands. In Anti-Claus, we leave Santa alone and creep with the Krampus through twisted tales of holly-jolly murder, desire, desperation and despair. Just in time for the holiday season." He adds..."In America, we’re taught that nice kids gets presents from Santa and naughty kids get coal. But in countries like Germany, Austria, Bavaria, Romania and Hungary, Christmas is more metal than merry: Saint Nicholas brings a sack full of toys for good kids and the Krampus carries an empty bag for taking away the bad kids. I wanna see THAT Christmas movie. So rather than wait for it, we’ll make it instead."
The movie's title "KillRoy Was Here" is in reference to an American pop culture expression that was made famous during WWII. It was often seen as graffiti of a "bald-headed man (sometimes depicted as having a few hairs) with a prominent nose peeking over a wall with the fingers of each hand clutching the wall – became associated with GIs in the 1940s." You can read more on that here.
This project initially started out as a Krampus horror anthology called Comes the Krampus, which was later changed to Anti-Claus. The idea was eventually shelved and now this is just a horror anthology without the Christmas elements.