It's the most wonderful time of the year...Until someone unleashes the dark shadow of Santa Claus. While Santa is out bestowing gifts on all the good kids, Krampus is ready to serve his punishment to the bad kids. And it's definitely not a list you want to be on, as evidenced in the first domestic trailer for this upcoming horror comedy. Yesterday, we got to see the /krampus-movie-trailer-international/International Trailer for Krampus, which arrived with Italian dubbing. Now, witness the Yuletide terror in English!

Coming to theaters in time for Christmas, Universal Pictures is unleashing the first trailer for Krampus in theaters this weekend with M. Night Shyamalan's thriller The Visit. But you don't have to buy a ticket to see it! As it's been released online this morning, along with a new poster and several more photos. Honoring the time old tradition of such scary holiday fare as Gremlins and Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, we don't actually get to see Krampus in all his glory. But we do get a good tease of the title beastie, as his iconic horns and hooked wiping chain slowly ease into frame. This, matched with a beer guzzling David Koechner, make this a trailer to see.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max 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.

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Krampus is the latest movie from acclaimed director Michael Dougherty. He is probably best known for his other holiday horror classic Trick 'r Treat. His unique style and sense of humor are on display in this second sneak peek. It arrives with some creepy new photos that feature more of the main cast, which includes including Adam Scott as Tom, Toni Collette as Sarah, Allison Tolman as Linda and Emjay Anthony as Max, who we see coming face to face with the evil opposite of everyone's beloved Santa Claus.

Krampus arrives from Legendary Pictures, who will be releasing Guillermo del Toro's haunted house thriller Crimson Peak in October just in time for Halloween. Krampus and his mischievous underlings were 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. Krampus is co-written by Zach Shields and Todd Casey and produced by Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Dougherty. About the movie, director Michael Dougherty had this to say.

"It's one thing to be terrified or enthralled when you're watching a film. To then leave the theater and realize it's based on real myths and legends only makes it sink in even deeper. That there is some sort of supernatural entity that keeps an eye on you all year long and determines if you're naughty or nice."

The look for Krampus was pulled from old postcards and various illustrations that have been done of the creature over the decades. Historically, Krampus is tied to St. Nicholas dating back to the 17th Century. He is considered "judge, jury and executioner" for anyone who winds up on the naughty list, and serves as Santa's 'shadow'. While Krampus may mean a great many things to various different people, the one thing he is not is evil.

Everyone loves the holidays. But one family has lost the Christmas spirit. Based on an ancient legend, he sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you are awake. He knows if you've been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake. Krampus is coming tis Christmas. Take a look, and be terrified of the Holidays!

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