Before we get into the news, here’s a quick history lesson for those of you who aren’t familiar with the origin of Krampus.
Krampus is known as the “Bizarro St. Nick” due to the fact while Santa rewards good children with gifts on Christmas, Krampus stuffs the bad kids in his sack to take back to his lair. Represented as a beast-like creature and generally demonic in appearance, Krampus has roots in Germanic folklore and its influence has spread far beyond German borders. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and more during the first week of December – particularly on the evening of December 5th (the eve of Saint Nicholas Day on many church calendars) – and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells.
Freaky, right? Now we’re getting TWO films about this guy.
Earlier this year, we told you how Kevin Smith has written and will co-direct a Krampus-themed anthology, Comes The Krampus. CTK will be shot in the manner of “Tales From The Crypt” with multiple directors that may include his wife (Jennifer Schwalbach), pal Jason Mewes (whom Smith allowed to direct a scene in Clerks II), and seasoned script supervisor Carol Banker.
So that’s pretty cool, right? Now let’s talk about the OTHER Krampus film coming down the pike.
Today, Deadline Hollywood reports that Legendary Pictures and director Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) have closed a deal for Dougherty to co-write the “twisted horror comedy” Krampus, which will be in the same vein as his cult classic that I like to call an “inclusive, wrap around anthology,” Trick ‘r Treat. Dougherty had this to say about his new gig:
The dark ancient origins of our holidays have always fascinated me. I’ve been drawing twisted Christmas cards for well over a decade, so it only made sense to bring some of that morbid yuletide fun to the big screen, and Krampus was the perfect mythology to do that. Christmas has been invading Halloween for far too long. It’s time to return the favor.
Either way, these movies better be as good as what I call the definitive Krampus film, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.
What do you think about these films? Which one are you more excited about?
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