I personally find the story of Santa Claus to be a bit scary. He’s an immortal who watches your every move throughout the year, and if you’ve been good he breaks into your house Christmas morning to leave you gifts. That’s a bit weird, isn’t it? And creepy. He’s basically a stalker you look forward to. Hell, children willingly go to malls the world over to sit on his lap.
But there’s something far worse than Santa awaiting the naughty children. Krampus is a horned beast of legend that punishes the naughty children, stealing them away from their families Christmas morning. Believed to be of Germanic paganism origins, the Horned God of the Witches is a familiar recurring figure throughout Europe during the holidays where he is celebrated with parades and feasts, but he isn’t well known outside of Europe. Yet.
Legendary Pictures and co-writer/director Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) want to change that. This December sees Krampus entering theaters to terrify all the naughty boys and girls. A comedy-horror film, Krampus follows “a series of dysfunctional family clashes over the festive season, young Max (Emjay Anthony) gets so disheartened by everything that he decides to turn his back on Christmas. This bad decision creates a sudden blizzard and blackout. Instead of Santa Claus, the wrath of Krampus is brought upon the town. This demonic, hoofed mythological creature then brings hell on the children who have been naughty.”
Dougherty explained to USA Today where he got the inspiration for the film:
He’s not Freddy (A Nightmare on Elm Street) or Jason (Friday the 13th) or Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), this unstoppable monster that kicks down your door and rampages and grabs you. If you study the myth, there’s something darkly playful about him. He’s having a good time doing what he does and he enjoys the cat-and-mouse aspect of it.
A Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life are kind of nightmares that show you these broken characters who experience a darker side of divine intervention. They need to be scared straight. So it was important to elevate it. If you do a horror film without an emotional core, you don’t really have much.
Krampus stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen, and Krista Stadler. It is directed by Dougherty from a script by him, Todd Casey and Zach Shields.
This Italian trailer should give you an idea of what to expect,that is IF you speak Italian.
Krampus invades theaters on December 4th.