If you haven’t had a taste of the Krampus spice in 2015, you’re missing out on some genuinely festive scares. Krampus, or the anti-Santa Claus demon who snatches up naughty children, is having his hayday this holiday season. If you want to see, hear, and fear more of this goat hoofed fiend, check out the selections below.
Krampus (2015) : Directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) and starring Toni Collette and Adam Scott.
With the biggest names and the biggest budget, Krampus has surely flashed across your TV screens once or twice. Promising comedy and horror, Krampus depicts a typical, dysfunctional family’s dreaded Christmas gathering and their battle against an accidentally summoned Krampus. Dougherty’s highly successful Trick ‘r Treat and his hero of Halloween, Sam, continue to gather fans/worshippers. Can ol’ Krampy win our holiday hearts over? We’ll have to find out December 4th.
A Christmas Horror Story (2015) : Directed by Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, and Brett Sullivan.
While Krampus isn’t the main focus of this movie, he definitely shines in the spotlight. This cheery Christmas eve tale is surely one you’ll want to watch with the loved ones around the fire with mugs full of rum and eggnog. You don’t want to miss out on a drunk William Shatner, do you? The review can be found here.
Krampus: The Reckoning (2015) : Directed by Robert Conway
A relatively unknown flick, Krampus: The Reckoning spins a different take on the Christmas demon, having him be at the beck and call of a very angry little girl. Those who don’t have snow for the holidays can feel right at home with this West Coast gore fest. The review can be found here.
Night of Krampus by Midnight Syndicate
The ghoulish duo, Midnight Syndicate, are infamous for their instrumental Halloween tunes. They also have a soft and gooey spot for Christmas with their latest release, Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering, a revised, darker version of all your favorite carols. This track will surely help you envision horrors and sugar plums of the best variety. Listen to it here.
Contemporary Krampus by Mike Drake and other collaborating artists
This art book brings to life Krampy in all sorts of imaginative and horrific ways. A combination of over 50 artists, each brings their own personal depiction of the legendary beast to these pages. More information can be found here. Move over Good Housekeeping magazines!
OH and be sure to check out Krampus’ official website! I’m sure he updates a lot this time of year.