Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer for the Christmas horror comedy Krampus. Co-written and directed by Trick ‘r Treat filmmaker Michael Dougherty, the story revolves around a young boy (Emjay Anthony) who turns his back on Christmas after becoming dismayed by his dysfunctional family. Subsequently, a blizzard rolls into his sleepy town, bringing with it the evil Krampus intent on punishing non-believers with hordes of terrifying creatures.
I have a feeling that this trailer will excite the people who actively seek out holiday horror, but might not even register on the radar of the general public. That’s a shame because Krampus feels like part creature feature and part Christmas commentary, more reminiscent of Joe Dante’s Gremlins or Jalmari Helander’s Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale than schlocky horror flicks. Sure, there are some jump scares present here that are telegraphed and overused in the genre in general, but the tone, setting, and cast of Krampus makes this one worth the watch. File this one under Holiday Horror, Toys of Terror, and Black Christmas.
Watch the first trailer for Krampus below. The film also stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, and Alison Tolman. Krampus opens in theaters on December 4th.
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.