Krampus pictures Adam Scott takes on Christmas horrors

Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman and the anti-Santa star in new Krampus pictures

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The first pictures from Michael Dougherty’s Christmas horror Krampus have arrived, showing off the film’s awesome cast and a glimpse at the creature.

The new pics (from USA Today) are our first glimpse at the new season horror comedy from the writer-director of the amazing Trick R Treat.

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In the film, “young Max (Emjay Anthony) has reached the precarious age where he clings to the idea of Santa, even though the rest of the world doesn’t believe in him. The Christmas spirit really takes a hit when the boy sees how his dysfunctional family — including Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner and Allison Tolman — behaves when they come together for yuletide cheer, and Max is pretty much done with the whole thing. Suddenly a blizzard and blackout hit their surroundings, meaning the horned-and-hooved Krampus and his sinister helpers are coming to town instead of the man with the bag.”

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In the article Dougherty drops a few hints about what we can expect from the Krampus himself, who is described as Santa’s “shadow,” the “judge, jury and executioner.”

“He’s not Freddy or Jason or Leatherface, this unstoppable monster that kicks down your door and rampages and grabs you,” said Dougherty. “If you study the myth, there’s something darkly playful about him. He’s having a good time doing what he does and he enjoys the cat-and-mouse aspect of it.”

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We can’t wait.

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Krampus is released on 4 December in the UK. Keep up with the latest horror news with the new issue of SciFiNow.