Michael Dougherty talks all things Krampus!
Michael Dougherty’s Halloween horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat found an appreciative audience on DVD with its blend of humor, imaginative production design and scares. Now Dougherty is back to take on Christmas with Universal and Legendary’s horror offering Krampus, and we had the chance to do an exclusive video interview with him at the Scarehouse in Pittsburgh. In addition to our previous conversation with Dougherty and actor David Koechner (along with a walk-through of the Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat-themed haunted house attractions which you can watch below), we got to conduct an additional 1-on-1 with Dougherty where we discussed the lessons he learned about studios on his first movie, how being an artist helps him write, and the art of juggling this movie with his writing duties on next summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse! Check out the interview in the player below!
Based on the figure from German folklore, which has had a pop culture resurgence in recent years, Krampus follows a young boy named Max (Emjay Anthony) whose dysfunctional family disillusions him about Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.
Written by Dougherty, Todd Casey and Zach Shields, the film stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Owen and Krista Stadler. It will be released by Universal Pictures on December 4.