Mike Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat follow-up, Krampus, isn’t due in theaters until December, but Universal Pictures opted to hold an early press day in Pittsburgh. Why Pittsburgh? Because that’s where you’ll find the ScareHouse, a must-see haunted house with three different sections – “The Summoning,” “Trick ‘r Treat: Hallowed Grounds” and “Krampus: Come All Ye Fearful.”
Prior to chatting with Dougherty and Krampus star David Koechner, I got the opportunity to walk through the attraction along with the rest of the visiting journalists. There’s lots to admire about the ScareHouse, but the two elements that struck me most were the production design and the performances. Every inch of all three sections is absolutely dripping with stunning detail and they’re also packed with talented, committed actors who won’t break character for anything, even during appearances in the ScareHouse lobby.
You can check out a sizzle reel of all the journalists as well as Dougherty and Koechner walking through the Krampus portion of the ScareHouse in the video below. And, in case you missed it, click here for my chat with Dougherty and Koechner on Krampus, here for Dougherty’s favorite holiday-themed kill scenes and here for a brief tease of the Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat graphic novels.
Krampus hits theaters on December 4th and also stars also stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler.
Here’s the official synopsis for Krampus:
Legendary Pictures’ Krampus, a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on 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.