THE MEAN ONE (2022) 20 reviews of Grinch horror – now with 3rd clip plus home release news

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‘Slashing through the snow’
The Mean One is a 2022 American comedic horror slasher film about the Grinch turning into a murderous maniac.

Directed and co-produced by Steven LaMorte from a screenplay co-written by Finn Kobler and Flip Kobler. Also produced by Schumacher and Martine Melloul.

The A Sleight of Hand Productions-Amy Rose Productions- Kali Pictures co-production stars David Howard Thornton (Art the Clown in the Terrifier franchise), Chase Mullins, John Bigham, Erik Baker, Flip Kobler and Amy Schumacher.

In a sleepy mountain town, Cindy (Krystle Martin) has her parents murdered and her Christmas stolen by a bloodthirsty green figure in a red Santa suit – The Mean One. But when the ravenous, Christmas-hating creature begins to terrorise the town and threatens to ruin the holiday, she finds a new purpose – trapping and killing the monster…


Home release:
In the US, The Mean One will be released on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray on October 3, 2023.

“It’s unlikely that The Mean One will spawn a cult following as voracious as Terrifier; if not for the Grinch gimmick and Thornton’s stunt casting, it would be lost in a sea of forgettable indie slashers. That’s no slight against the filmmakers; it’s competently made for its budget, and coming up with an appealing marketing hook is no small feat. More like a stocking stuffer than a grand gift…” 2.5 out of 5, Bloody Disgusting

“To get away with cheesy one-liner after cheesy one-liner, the rest of the film around it needs to function adequately. The Mean One remains semi-entertaining throughout, but the overuse of CGI blood really bothered me. A simple story overstays its welcome—by the time we finally arrive at the preposterous finale battle between The Mean One and Cindy, it was hard for me to care.” 1.5 out of 5, Josh at the Movies

The Mean One is simply a great parody that delivers a bonkers yet entertaining watch featuring some fun humor, plenty of action, and a story that is surprisingly interesting and creative. However, its lack of depth and limited premise as well as several technical issues hold the film back.” 61% Keith Loves Movies

“The issues with the filters and the grading were so blatant that it was distracting from the actual movie. This was a shame because David Howard Thornton is the perfect Mean One  […] The holiday-themed kills were silly and hilarious. The CGI blood splatters were a bit disappointing but, given how much fun it was to watch Thornton, it was forgivable.” Nightmarish Conjurings


“The “twist” we ended up getting made the entire film a step up better than what I had it as nearing the end. It left you thinking and pondering what it meant and who the villain was. My biggest knocks on the film were the use of CGI blood throughout (it took away from the old-school slasher it could’ve been) and the slow-burn aspect we had until things got going. Once it hit the ground running, it didn’t stop.” 3.5 out of 5, Overly Honest Movie Reviews

” …this is yet another amateurish monster movie with shoddy acting, putrid dialog, an embarrassing training montage, and buckets of pixelated gore. There’s plenty of carnage, though, and a plethora of so-bad-it’s-good moments.” Splatter Critic

The Mean One isn’t a bad film, but it’s also far from a good one. It’s a middling movie that’s nothing more than a cheap horror parody of a beloved children’s classic and if that’s all you’re looking for, then hey, you may like it better than I did. As it stands, I found it an amusing watch, but that’s about it. ” 5 out of 10, Upcoming Horror Movies

“It just doesn’t cut it as a feature-length movie.  Sure, there are some funny bits, but the lulls in between them are long and frequent.  There’s a good scene where The Mean One massacres a bunch of guys dressed like Santa in a diner.  However, the flick needed one or two more scenes of this caliber (and a helluva lot less CGI blood) to really make it a winner.” ★★ The Video Vacuum

“While not the blood-soaked black comedy some of its early publicity suggested it was going to be, The Mean One is a fun send-up of the Christmas staple. Watching it probably won’t turn into an annual event, but it is worth seeing at least once.” 3.5 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony

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