One of the best anthology films in years was Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Trick ‘r Treat, which was dumped to home video instead of getting the release it deserved.
Now, instead of the promised sequel, Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty is re-teaming with Legendary for the Christmas horror Krampus!
Deadline say that Dougherty will co-write and direct Krampus, a twisted horror comedy set around the Christmas holiday that’s co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shields.
Based on an ancient legend about a pagan demon who punishes the wicked, Krampus is similar in style to Dougherty’s cult hit Trick R’ Treat (he’s still working on the sequel).
“The dark ancient origins of our holidays have always fascinated me,” Dougherty said. “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.”
Kevin Smith is also working on a Christmas-themed horror anthology that’s focal point is Krampus.