Not only is Kevin Smith developing a horror anthology surrounding the Christmas season monster known as Krampus, but Trick ‘R Treat director Michael Dougherty is looking to get in on some holiday fun as well! It’s hard to believe that it has been seven long years since Dougherty has been at the helm of a feature film after hitting the horror scene with his brilliant Halloween-themed anthology Trick ‘R Treat. That being said, today we’ve got some good news as Legendary Pictures has given the nod to Dougherty to direct the upcoming horror-comedy Krampus.
For those of you out of the know on what Krampus is—he’s a beast-like creature who shows up during Christmas and captures all the naughty children in his sack and drags them away deep into his lair. That’s some pretty terrifying stuff, and with Dougherty at the helm it should make for some sick and twisted fun.
Here’s what the director had to say:
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.
The screenplay was co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shield. Right now there’s no details on when this one is going to get moving along so I’ll be sure to keep an eye out!