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“TERRIFIER” films’ David Howard Thornton leads the cast of Mickey Mouse horror film “SCREAMBOAT”

Monday, June 10, 2024 | News


The man who is Art the Clown is turning another mirthful figure murderous.

The team behind SCREAMBOAT, a gory horror/comedy taking off on the character of Steamboat Willie (a.k.a. Mickey Mouse), has announced the film’s ensemble, led by David Howard Thornton from the TERRIFIER films. He’s joined by Allison Pittel, Amy Schumacher, Jesse Posey, Jesse Kove, Rumi C Jean-Louis and horror veterans Jarlath Conroy (George A. Romero’s DAY OF THE DEAD) and Charles Edwin Powell (THE EXORCIST III). A number of cameo appearances will be announced in the near future. The synopsis: “SCREAMBOAT follows a group of New Yorkers on a late-night ferry ride that turns deadly when a mischievous mouse begins a rampage, targeting unsuspecting passengers. The unlikely crew must band together to thwart the murderous menace before their relaxing commute turns into a nightmare.”

Steven LaMorte, who previously teamed with Thornton to turn the Grinch even more evil in THE MEAN ONE, will direct SCREAMBOAT, and produces with that film’s Schumacher and Martine Melloul, along with TERRIFIER’s Steven Della Salla and Michael Leavy. Christian Beckman’s Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER) is creating the gore and the lead creature, designed by concept artist Christian Cordella (SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME). Iconic Events will release the movie to theaters In 2025.

“I’m thrilled to be working on SCREAMBOAT with such a killer cast, from horror legends to comedy icons,” LaMorte says. “David Howard Thornton is bringing our mischievous and murderous take on Steamboat Willie to life like never before. I can’t wait for audiences to laugh and scream with us on. board SCREAMBOAT!”

“I’m beyond excited to join this incredible cast and bring Steamboat Willie to life with a horror twist,” Thornton adds. “SCREAMBOAT is going to be a horrific and hilarious big-screen thrill ride that fans won’t want to miss.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).