We all know December is a time when we are flooded by typical mediocre Christmas movies.
This year, there is one that goes against the grain! Michael Dougherty (Trick R Treat, X Men 2) co-wrote and directed a horror Christmas movie based on a European folklore called Krampus.
Germany is believed to be the origins of Krampus, mostly depicted as a horned, anthropomorphic figure who punishes naughty children during the Christmas season. Some say he is the shadow of St Nicholas.
Starring Toni Collette and Adam Scott, the movie focuses on one family who during a family gathering end up fighting with each other. Disillusioned and upset, their young son Max, decides to tear up his letter to Santa not realising what he has just unleashed. Krampus, an ancient evil whose purpose is to punish the mischievous and nonbelievers with the dark elves by his side. As all hell breaks loose, the family is forced to fight for each other in order to survive Christmas.
Krampus was not only released in America to positive reviews but it also earned over 20 million dollars in 3 days. It’s opening in New Zealend this week, followed by a world wide release. With the except of one country. Krampus was due for cinematic release in Australia on the 3rd of December, unfortunately Universal Australia decided to no longer release it here without any explanation.