ByOlivia van der Will, writer at

If you thought being on Santa's naughty list was bad, then just wait until you meet Krampus, the terrifying entity sent to wreak havoc on naughty children. So, if you're already wishing for December to get here and bring you the nightmare inducing movie of Krampus, then you'll be happy to see the first look images of the movie.

Let the nightmares begin...

Dear Santa...

The plot

After a series of dysfunctional family clashes over the festive season, young Max (Emjay Anthony) gets so disheartened by everything that he decides to turn his back on Christmas. This bad decision creates a sudden blizzard and blackout. Instead of Santa Claus, the wrath of Krampus is brought upon the town. This demonic, hoofed mythological creature then brings hell on the children who have been naughty.

The co-writer/director Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat) told USA today where he found his inspiration:

''He’s not Freddy (A Nightmare on Elm Street) or Jason (Friday the 13th) or Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), this unstoppable monster that kicks down your door and rampages and grabs you. If you study the myth, 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 idea of Santa creeps him out.

“That there is some sort of supernatural entity that keeps an eye on you all year long and determines if you're naughty or nice.”

Dougherty wants to tap into our emotions

“A Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life are kind of nightmares that show you these broken characters who experience a darker side of divine intervention. They need to be scared straight. So it was important to elevate it.

“If you do a horror film without an emotional core, you don’t really have much.”

You don't want to be on the the creepy clawed one's list.

The film stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen, and Krista Stadler.

It will be released on December 4th.


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