Adult Swim Surprises Viewers With Its First Live-Action Horror Film, ‘Adult Swim Yule Log’

December 12, 2022

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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Last night, Adult Swim fans were gifted an early holiday present, the new horror film Adult Swim Yule Log, from acclaimed writer-director Casper Keely, who is behind the viral short film “Too many cooks.”


The film made its debut following the Season Six finale of “Rick and Morty.” Viewers watched as a traditional fireplace video transformed into Adult Sim’s first live-action horror film, The Fireplace.


Described only as a “cozy crackling fire,” viewers were forewarned that the TV-MA yule log contained “violence, adult language, and brief nudity.” After beginning with festive fireplace visual and holiday music, Adult Swim Yule Log gives way to unfolding a pulse-pounding story set within a remote cabin in which a mysterious and deadly fireplace constantly burns. Filled with mind-bending twists and a bizarre cast of characters, welcoming viewers into a surreal, genre-defying thriller.”


“At this time of year, it’s nice to recognize the people important to you, and for us, that’s Adult Swim fans,” said Michael Ouweleen, president of Adult Swim and Cartoon Network. “We hope they enjoyed this gift that literally no one knew they wanted.”


Kelly explains: “Last year during the holidays, I was watching a yule log video, and suddenly I had an image of legs walking past the fire, just slightly out of focus, and hearing dialogue off-screen. I loved the mysteriousness of that, and a story started to form. I’m so grateful to Adult Swim for taking the plunge with me, and I’m so proud to have made their first live-action film!”


Like Kelly’s massively successful short, this micro-budget horror feature was also filmed entirely in Adult Swim’s hometown of Atlanta with local talent. Written and directed by Kelly (“Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell”), Adult Swim Yule Log stars Andrea Laing (“The Game”) and Justin Miles (“Half Baked 2).


The end credits song “The Fireplace” was performed by Puddles Pity Party and composed by “Too Many Cooks” scribe Shawn Coleman with lyrics by Kelly. It will be released by WaterTower Music and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all digital streaming services beginning today.


If you missed the premiere, don’t panic, it is available today on HBO Max.


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