His name is everywhere, but who is Krampus? Born out of Pagan folklore and embraced by ancient Germanic cultures, this fearsome companion of Saint Nicholas punishes misbehaving children by swatting them with branches, putting them in a bag and dragging them to Hell. Bearing massive horns and hoofs for feet, Krampus has terrified children for centuries. The film was in development for a number of years since the release of Dougherty's cult hit Trick 'r Treat (2007), until the film went into production in 2012. Dougherty describes the Krampus in this film as Santa Claus's shadow: "He's not the unstoppable monster that kicks down your door and rampages and grabs you. There's something darkly playful about him. He's having a good time doing what he does and he enjoys the cat-and-mouse aspect of it." The Creature effects were made by Weta Workshop. For Krampus' design was distilled from various postcards and illustrations of the creature over the years. The film was originally to release on November 25 but was pushed forward to December 4 to coincide with the Krampusnacht, a traditional Austrian festival held on December 5 that celebrates the Krampus coming to punish naughty children.
The film stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Krista Stadler. The cast terrific performances despite playing the most unlikable and depressing lot of characters I have ever seen. However, you empathise with their plight and you root for them when Krampus comes to town.
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