by: Jay Carlson
I love everything about the trailer for Michael Dougherty’s Krampus. It accomplishes the difficult task of evoking a nostalgic 80’s B-Movie vibe (I mean that in the best way possible) while not feeling like it’s something that we’ve seen 100 times before. The cast is excellent, the premise is on point and is it just me or does this film have a Mist vibe to it?
I’ve gone on record many times and said that we need more Christmas set horror films. Even though there aren’t many of them, this one looks like it could easily jump to the top of the list.
I was excited to see Dougherty tackle another film after the criminally underrated Trick r Treat. If you haven’t checked that one out, get on it immediately!
Legendary Pictures’ Krampus, a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday.
When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.
All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.
The horror-comedy also stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler.
Krampus and his mischievous underlings have been created by the combined efforts of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong, among many others.
Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ’r Treat), Krampus is co-written by Zach Shields and Todd Casey and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Dougherty. The film will be released by Universal Pictures.