‘Krampus’ Trailer Teases the Arrival of Santa Claus’ Shadow

By September 9, 2015

The Amblin era was an iconic and magical time for American cinema. When the movies that were being released from filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, or Chris Columbus (to name a few) were all able to make movies about horror, joy, adventure, fantasy, childhood, and more, and still be able to make films that were suitable for all ages. It was a hard balance to strike, but they did it, and not many filmmakers have been able to since.

However, it’s seemed like nowadays, that sort of magic and childhood sense of fun that was so ever present in those films, has been gone from the movies the past few years. Now, every big blockbuster or action film has to be some kind of dark and gritty take on something we’ve already seen before, and while that’s not a bad thing, it’s interesting to see how those types of films are able to stand out amongst each other.

Well, there is a new movie coming out this year that looks like it could have been made right in the 1980s by Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner, or any of the other iconic filmmakers of that time. The movie is called Krampus and looks like it belongs in the same family tree as Gremlins, and today, the first official trailer for the movie was released online.

Check it out down below:

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

“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.”

The movie coming from Trick ‘r Treat‘s Michael Dougherty, and promises to be a kind of horror comedy that we haven’t seen in a long time. Featuring an all-star cast of both comedic and dramatic actors including Toni Collette, Adam Scott, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, and more – Dougherty has assembled an interesting ensemble for the film, that looks like it’s working better than he could have even hoped.

Those who got to go to this year’s Legendary Panel at San Diego Comic-Con were able to see the first footage from the movie along with a short panel featuring Dougherty and some of the cast members. One of the most interesting aspects of the movie, is the fact that all of the creatures and monsters (Krampus included) are all puppets or some form of practical effects. While they might have some digital effects added to them, it’s refreshing to see a horror movie relying more on suspense and story to provide the scares, rather than CGI ghosts. It might be a little early to start getting into the Christmas spirit, but Krampus has certainly done it’s job with this one.

Krampus is set to hit theatres nationwide on Christmas Day.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable