“It’s got a theme that runs through it, in as much as our monster Killroy, and all these little stories that happen around him,” Smith said. “He’s kind of like a kid Avenger. If you fuck with kids, Killroy will show up.” In the below trailer, which begins at the 48-minute mark, you can see for yourself what kind of a show this Killroy puts on… plus Jason Mewes as a Bob-ified janitor!
While the trailer only briefly glimpses the monster and his phallic nose, it may look familiar to long-time Smith fans. Indeed, Smith confirmed during the panel that the Killroy creature was designed by Bob Kurtzman, who created the grotesque Mr. Tusk creature for Tusk, as well as “Iron Bob” in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
“He looks incredibly goofy,” said Smith. “I was like, ‘I need our bad guy to be burned and melty and shit, but he’s gotta ultimately look like that Killroy drawing with a bald head and nose that hangs over the fence [saying] Kilroy was here.’ And so Bob designed something that’s kind of fucking horrifying but it’s also horrifying and goofy at the same time. I mean, if you look real close when you see Killroy for the first time, he looks like he’s got a giant dick for a nose and stuff. But basically it’s supposed to be like his features were melted.”
Smith also credited working with young hungry filmmaking students as the highlight of making the movie, reminding him of his early years when he was maxing out credit cards to film Clerks, a future entry in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
“It was so good for the soul, because they’ve got the spirit of what makes it fun. Like I’ve talked about the experience of being on Cop Out and how it wasn’t a fun [experience], because of some cats… this is the opposite of that.”