Treat: Michael Dougherty to direct Horror Comedy “KRAMPUS”


From crafting the best Halloween-centric film since John Carpenter’s namesake classic to the most wonderful time of the year. Michael Dougherty, director of fantastic anthology TRICK ‘R TREAT will re-team with Legendary Pictures on horror comedy KRAMPUS, centered on Saint Nick’s beast-like counterpart.

Deadline reports KRAMPUS (co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shields) is similar in style to TRICK ‘R TREAT (whether that means tone, or it will be an anthology is unclear). The filmmaker says, “The dark ancient origins of our holidays have always fascinated me. 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.”

This is fantastic news, as it’s been far too long since the director’s knockout debut. Meanwhile, Dougherty is also slated to helm a TRICK  ‘R TREAT 2. No word on if he’s still attached to a developing feature based on the classic CREEPY comics. Krampus is also the focus of upcoming horror anthology ANTI-CLAUS, written and directed by Kevin Smith.

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