It’s not every day you see a new trailer for a Michael Dougherty film. Or every year for that matter. The acclaimed screenwriter and director works at a snail’s pace, but that’s okay, because he often delivers the goods. His last feature-length film, 2007’s Trick ‘r Treat, was an agreeable horror anthology, elevated mostly by a smart screenplay that was further enlivened by the likes of Dylan Baker and Brian Cox.
Now, he’s back with a new grizzly holiday story, only this time he’s moved the action from the spooky nights of October to the wintry darkness of December. It’s called Krampus and it’s fueled by another eclectic cast that includes Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, and Emjay Anthony. And if you didn’t gather, it’s about an evil Christmas entity — or rather, “the shadow of St. Nicholas.”
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
As The Playlist notes, the hideous creatures were designed and orchestrated by the Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, who were also responsible for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Hey, it helps being connected in Hollywood. Watch the full trailer below.
Krampus hits theaters December 4th. Don’t forget the eggnog.