Christmas and Hallowe'en are not an estranged pair, but it's fair to say that Santa Claus has been long stealing the thunder of his demon-like counterpart, Krampus, a pagan creature that whips naughty children with the branches of birch trees, according to German folklore. Learn more about Krampus.
The reign of Santa Claus is over, my friends. When I heard Michael Dougherty had a Krampus movie in the works, I got pretty excited (We all remember his excellent 2007 horror anthology Trick 'r Treat).
While I scoured the internet trying to find out whether the upcoming Krampus will be an anthology (no such luck), I was almost in disbelief when I found (seemingly out of the blue) a quote from a Reddit AMA with Kevin Smith, in which Smith says he's postponing the shooting of the long-awaited Clerks III in favour of what was, at the time, a film entitled Comes the Krampus (Now titled Anti-Claus).
Smith also says he wants to make a film about Krampus before anyone else does, but seeing as Dougherty's Krampus is set for release on December 4th, 2015, and Anti-Claus has no release date, he may have lost sight of his goal.
Although there's been no news on Anti-Claus for awhile, the majority of the Tusk stars are reportedly on board (hooray!) including Michael Parks, Justin Long and these two:
Krampus, on the other hand, which Dougherty describes as a twisted horror-comedy, has itself some flash animated teaser cards, which you can see here. Even if Anti-Claus doesn't come this year, horror fans still have a lot to look forward to this holiday season.