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This one is not for the kids, folks. Or, maybe it is (if they’ve been naughty!), as I’ve often mentioned that more children should know the legend of the Krampus. Perhaps it’s because of my own German roots, but I do love the Krampus – the opposite of Santa Claus, you could say – a creature that punishes the naughty kids instead of rewarding the good ones. My wife does not share my love of the Krampus, so when THE HIPWADERS‘ new CD single (yes, those still exist) arrived with “El Chupacabra” and “der Krampus,” I was giddy. Heck, even THE AQUABATS! have squared off against the legendary monster, so when news came down that Legendary Pictures was letting TRICK ‘R TREAT director Michael Dougherty make a big-screen KRAMPUS adventure, I was totally on-board. Now the trailer is here, and what a sight to behold… the perfect marriage of two of my favorite things – Halloween and Xmas. Check out the trailer below, and pre-order your tickets now via Fandango!

About 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.

Krampus! Krampus! Krampus!

The horror-comedy also stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler.

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. 

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ’r Treat), Krampus is co-written by Zach Shields and Todd Casey and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Dougherty. The film will be released by Universal Pictures

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