It’s finally time! It’s been eight years since Trick ‘r Treat celebrated its world premiere and Sam became a genre icon, but director Mike Dougherty is finally back with a second feature, another holiday-themed horror movie called Krampus. The film stars Emjay Anthony as Max. When his dysfunctional family can’t get along during Christmas, he decides to turn his back on the holiday and unknowingly unleashes Krampus, the demonic force who punishes non-believers.
Even though Krampus isn’t due in theaters until December, Universal held a special press day for the film in conjunction with the ScareHouse in Pittsburgh. This year, the haunted house features two sections devoted to Dougherty’s work, one for Trick ‘r Treat and one for Krampus. I got the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with Dougherty in one of the Krampus rooms and during our chat, he broke down what we can expect from the upcoming Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus graphic novels. Check out what he had to say about both in the video interview below.
Krampus hits theaters on December 4th and also stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler. Keep an eye out for more from my visit to the ScareHouse in the weeks to come.
Here’s the official synopsis for Krampus:
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.