'Trick 'r Treat' Director Boards Competing 'Krampus' Holiday Horror
We already know that director Kevin Smith is preparing to deliver a holiday themed horror film called Anti-Claus, inspired by the tale of the centuries-old, devil-like creature known the world-over as the Krampus of Alpine country folklore, infamous for eating naughty children during the season of giving. So it only makes sense that another studio is using that same idea for a competing holiday horror film. Deadline has word that Legendary Pictures has set Trick 'r Treat director Michael Dougherty (working on a sequel to his film) to co-write and direct a film called Krampus. Maybe that's why Smith changed his first title.
Dougherty, who previously co-write X2: X-Men United will scrip the film with Todd Casey (producer of several DC Comics animated projects) and Zach Shields, an unknown writer. The film is described to be in the same vein of Trick 'r Treat, which has now become a cult horror hit. Dougherty told Deadline, "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.” Will this have an effect on Smith's film? Can both films co-exist? Thoughts?