In case you have never heard of the folklore character Krampus, he is basically an evil version of Santa Claus. He has goat-like horns and hooves but walks like a human, carrying a sack wherever he goes. Although he appears only at Christmas time Krampus certainly doesn’t appear to spread Christmas cheer. Whereas St. Nicholas spreads joy in December, Krampus kidnaps the naughty children, taking them away in his Santa-style brown present sac.

Krampus christmas horrorSo now that’s out of the way, this is the news, Michael Dougherty is to be directing the Christmas horror flick and has began casting already. On December 4th 2015 Krampus will feature Alison Tolman and Emjay Anthony.

Tolman is most famous for her role in the Fargo TV series, personally I haven’t seen the TV series but I here great things. In fact she was nominated for an Emmy based on her performance in Fargo, she has been described as a “scene stealer”, so I am expecting good things from her in December 2015. Emjay Anthony is a very young actor, you may not know him as he is a child actor who has only been in the odd episode of shows like The Mentalist and Grey’s Anatomy. However, he has been in those shows, which are very high profile and he has been cast in this so he is obviously a talented young actor.

creepy anti santaI am interested as to how they are going to do this, it is beyond me how Dougherty is going to work this concept into a story but I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out. It is said the two characters that have been cast so far will be the mother and son of the story that are trying to escape Krampus. Kevin Smith also has a Krampus movie in the works that is said to unite a number of stories based around the character and will feature Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks who he previously worked with on Tusk. It will be interesting to see how this plays out as there will be two very similar films being released, possibly at the same time if Smith has filmed it before December next year.

Merry-KrampusPersonally I am looking forward to Smith’s version the most, I believe Kevin Smith to be an absolute genius and I am sure he will have some pretty visceral and imaginative ideas for the character. He is a born storyteller, fans of his podcasts and his previous films will know this already. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Tusk on Blu Ray, I didn’t get to see it in cinemas as I don’t believe it had a UK release.