Those who are naughty are going to get something a lot worse than coal in Krampus, an upcoming horror-comedy film from Michael Dougherty, the writer/director of the cult Halloween film, Trick ’r Treat. The movie will follow a demon from Alpine folklore who snacks on misbehaving children during Christmastime and now the first two actors are set to do battle with the creature.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Allison Tolman (FX's Fargo) and Emjay Anthony (Chef) are set to star in Krampus. They will play a mother and son who must defend their home from the malevolent Krampus, with Anthony in particular having to dig deep in a heroic role.

A Legendary Pictures film, Krampus will be released in theaters by Universal on December 4th, 2015 (it was previously slated for a November 25th, 2015 release). Michael Dougherty will direct off a screenplay he co-wrote with Todd Casey and Zach Shields. Here's a brief synopsis:

"Based on an ancient legend about a pagan demon who punishes the wicked, Krampus is similar in style to Dougherty’s cult hit Trick R’ Treat.”

Dougherty's film is the second Krampus-based Christmas horror movie to begin development as of late, as we reported earlier this year that writer/director Kevin Smith’s Anti-Claus, also a horror-comedy revolving around the naughty children-consuming Krampus, is in the works. So horror fans who’ve been waiting for films about the Krampus (one thing you definitely don’t want coming down your chimney on Christmas Eve) are in for two takes on this type of terror, with Krampus looking to be the first one to see light on the big screen.

It’s also worth noting that Legendary is the same company Michael Dougherty is working with to make a sequel to his cult hit, Trick ’r Treat. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on Krampus as more announcements are made.

Allison Tolman:

Emjay Anthony (on the left):

Source: THR
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