Ever heard of Krampus? Well, we’re about to get not one, but TWO horror movies about him.
Is Halloween really the scariest holiday? Not according to a duo of upcoming films which would have us believe that Christmas is the most terrifying time of year. That list of movies includes Trick ‘r Treat filmmaker Michael Dougherty’s Krampus (out Dec. 4) and A Christmas Horror Story, which is released in theaters Oct. 2 and will also be available on VOD and via iTunes from that date.
First, let’s get up to speed together shall we? Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
In German-speaking Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure. According to tradition, Krampus punishes children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. More widely, Krampus is one of a number of Companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure.
Yeah, that’ll put a damper on the Christmas spirit and it’s a whole lot worse than getting coal in your stocking!
First up we have A Christmas Horror Story released just in time for the Halloween season. It’s is an anthology movie from directors Steven Hoban, Grant Harvey, and Brett Sullivan features the dreaded anti-Santa, Krampus. It also features one William Shatner and several diseased elves. And isn’t that what Christmas is really all about?
We all know the Christmas season starts as soon as Halloween is in the books, but we’ll have to wait until December 4 for Krampus to come to town.
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.
Here’s the trailer for Krampus:
So what do you think? Do you plan to see one, or both, of these movies? Do you think Krampus will be the next big thing in horror?