The idea of a haunted Christmas is no novelty in 2015 though prior attempts to make a great “evil Santa Claus” movie (see Silent Night, Deadly Night and Santa’s Slay ) have landed with a dull thumpety thump thump. Krampus, with its stand-out indie cast that includes Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman and David Koechner, could just be the first great “Bad Santa” horror movie. Check out the first Krampus trailer below.
Krampus follows a family gathered for the holidays who unwittingly summon the eponymous Christmas demon. With cloven hoofs, towering horns and a thatch of feral hair, Krampus is the anti-Klaus – he is the Taker to Santa’s jovial Giver and backed by an armada of “little helpers”, he’s set to make this Christmas one worth remembering.
The Krampus trailer features a bounty of evil toys coming to life, complete with menacing toothy smiles, a sarcastic though eerie tone and a good dose of comedic notes courtesy of its preeminently funny cast. So whether this Holiday massacre film will join the list of things we wanted but didn’t yet know it is still out to the jury. For now, just have fun watching (and re-watching) this undeniably great trailer cut.
Krampus is directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) and stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tolman and David Koechner and will hit U.S. theaters on December 4th, 2015.