As we learned last year, Trick ‘r Treat writer/director Michael Dougherty is working on a sequel that will continue the mischievous adventures of the lovable protector of Halloween known as Sam, and today comes word that Dougherty has also got another exciting project in the works, which will bring us his vision of a far different holiday.
Deadline reports that Legendary has tapped Dougherty to co-write and direct a holiday horror flick entitled Krampus, about the mythical ‘bad santa’ of Alpine folklore, who punishes the naughty in ways that are just a tad bit worse than finding a lump of coal in your stocking. Todd Casey and Zach Shields are co-writing with Dougherty, and the site describes the film as a horror comedy that’s similar in style to Trick ‘r Treat.
“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.”
Interestingly, Kevin Smith is also working on a horror flick about Krampus, originally titled Comes the Krampus but recently renamed Anti-Claus. That film is set to be an anthology of tales, and it was at the time it was announced going to be the first ever feature length horror film delving into the myth of the holiday demon.
If you’re asking me, the only thing that’s better than one Krampus movie is two Krampus movies, and I’d say we’re pretty lucky that it’s Dougherty and Smith who are behind these projects. We’re in good hands on both accounts, to say the very least!