I have to admit that I’ve become a bit obsessed and fascinated by the folklore involving Krampus, the horned and hoofed creature that would come around at Christmastime to torment bad little girls and boys. Had I known about it as a child, I probably would have behaved much better considering the alternative if Krampus ever found me. No child wants to be stuffed into a burlap sack and dragged away to a cave to be eaten. And now finally, we will get a proper movie version of the story, thanks to writer/director Michael Dougherty, appropriately titled Krampus.
Well that looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?!? For those living under a rock for the last 8 years, Michael Dougherty wrote and directed the AMAZING Halloween anthology movie, Trick ‘r Treat. And if you’ve seen that (and shame on you if you haven’t), then you can see his stamp all over the Krampus trailer stylistically and with the tongue-in-cheek humor.
We haven’t had a really good Christmas horror movie in a while (Rare Exports was good, but more fantasy than horror in my opinion), so Krampus will be welcomed with open arms when it’s released in December. Hopefully it will live up to the hype of the trailer and of the poster below, which somehow reminds me of another Christmastime horror movie called Elves. Let’s just all hope that the comparisons stop at the poster for that one. Look for Krampus in what will most likely be a small theater run (although I’m hoping for a bigger one) on December 4th!