Your favourite Christmas holiday film just became a hair-raising horror. Photo: Mashable Will Ferrell’s loveable elf becomes a crazed stalker in the new trailer.
Will Ferrell’s loveable elf becomes a crazed stalker in the new trailer. Photo: Mashable
If you thought Will Ferrell’s feel-good film Elf was about one elf’s quest to find his biological father, you were wrong.
It turns out the 2003 classic is a psychological thriller, based on one New York businessman being hunted down by his mentally-disturbed son.
That’s the result of a truly creepy new video created by the team at Mashable anyway, who recut Elf in a new trailer that is on par with Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
The original Jon Favreau film is a family classic about an emotionally-stunted elf named Buddy who leaves the North Pole for New York City in search of his biological father after discovering he is adopted.
But the new trailer portrays Buddy as mentally unwell – a grown man who has convinced himself he is one of Santa’s elves.
Uploaded two days ago, the video has already been viewed 2.2 million times and continues to trend globally.
As ominous music plays in the background, Buddy’s distressed father Walter, played by James Cann, tries to shake-off his stalker son, calling him “certifiably insane”.
“I walked all day and night to find you,” Buddy says bursting into his father’s office.
Described as a “snow splattered thriller”, you’ll never look at the Christmas movie the same way again.
What is meant to be a emotional turning point in the film becomes the trailer’s cliffhanger as Walter foolishly lets his guard down.
“I can’t really sleep unless I get tucked in,” Buddy says, convincing his father to rearrange the sofa bed before he lunges at him.
This isn’t the first family classic that has been turned into a hair-raising horror film.
In 2012, Robin William’s comedy Mrs Doubtfire was also turned into a horror film, while Jim Carey’s Dumb and Dumber character Lloyd became an obsessed stalker in a YouTube video from 2010.
While they’re all feats of editing, Mashable’s genius take on Elf is perhaps the creepiest of them all.