I love a good Christmas movie. Sorry, scratch that, I love a good twisted Christmas movie, so Black Christmas, Rare Exports, and Die Hard tend to be my holiday viewing go to films.
This year it looks like I may get a new film to add to my list: Krampus. Universal and Legendary have just released the first domestic trailer for the horror/comedy film from Trick R' Treat director Michael Dougherty. Check it out below:
I don’t know what took filmmakers so long to make a horror movie about Krampus. If you aren't aware, he’s a real mythological character from northern European countries. A Swiss friend of mine introduced me to the creature when he told me that actors dressed as St. Nick and Krampus would go door to door to drop off presents (they were hired by the parents).
If you were a naughty child then Santa Claus wouldn’t give you lump of coal… Instead Krampus would kidnap you for a few blocks, before giving you a second chance.
That part of Christmas was terrifying for my friend.
Being told that story and thinking back to being a kid is both scary as hell, and hilarious. This trailer kind of makes me feel that same way when I first heard about the character.
I am, by nature, a bit of a grumpy old man. When the Christmas carols start and the decorations are hung, I get a bit cranky, and will go off on the commercialization of the holidays. I know a lot of people who are like that, as well, so I can’t help but think the conceit of a non-merry Christmas is what disturbs the creature’s slumber, and is almost universally understood.
Christmas is supposed to be a time of getting together with family and, despite my grumpiness at times, I love getting together with them. And it’s always better when you get together with family to watch a Christmas movie with a monster or two in it.
Krampus premieres in theaters December 4, 2015. Here’s the synopsis for the film:
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.