This is one list you don't want to be on! The new horror comedy, Krampus is coming this Holiday season, and to celebrate, Universal Pictures has released the first international trailer and a few new photos. None of it gives us a very good look at the title beastie. He's being saved for ticket buyers. Still, what we get to see here is pretty creepy. And with the dialogue arriving in Italian, if you don't speak the language, the jokes don't land, making it even scarier than intended.
We're not sure when the first domestic Krampus trailer will arrive online, but it is set to premiere in theaters this weekend along with director M. Night Shyamalan's thriller The Visit. The movie comes from director Michael Dougherty, who made another spooky holiday cult hit with Trick 'r Treat. USA Today is responsible for bestowing upon us the first images, which feature some of the main cast members, including Adam Scott as Tom, Toni Collette as Sarah, Allison Tolman as Linda and Emjay Anthony as Max, who is seen coming face to face with the evil opposite of everyone's beloved Santa Claus.
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.
Krampus is coming 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 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. 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. Explains the filmmaker.
"He's more complex and nuanced than that. He's not Freddy or Jason or Leatherface, this [isn't an] 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."
Some aspects of the Krampus myth were explored in the cult hit Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale from 2010. And Kevin Smith was planning a movie around the legend, but Legendary beat him to the punch. While we awaited the arrival of the stateside trailer with an English audio track, this first international trailer gives us a pretty good idea of what we're in store for. Take a look, if you dare let Krampus inside your home!