After bringing Halloween legends to life in his critically-acclaimed horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat, filmmaker Michael Dougherty turned his attention to the Christmas holiday with his latest thriller Krampus. In case you missed this thriller in theaters last year, we have an exclusive behind-the-scenes preview from the Blu-ray and DVD release, before it debuts on April 26, which features star Adam Scott discussing how Michael Dougherty pitched the movie to him. We also get plenty of behind-the-scenes footage from the set, featuring other stars such as David Koechner and Emjay Anthony, along with a tour of the creature shop, where these incredible monsters come to life.
An ancient demonic avenger lays siege to an unsuspecting family in Krampus, a truly terrifying, darkly comedic tale that is currently available on Digital HD, before arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on April 26 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Michael Dougherty (writer and director of cult horror favorite Trick ‘r Treat, writer of X-Men: Apocalypse), Krampus delivers inventively nasty laughs as it plunges viewers into a nightmarish world ruled by a legendary monster bent on total destruction, punishing those who have lost faith. Krampus on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD also comes with a slew of exclusive bonus features that take you deeper into the production.
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.
Adam Scott (Pand Recreation, Black Mass), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense), David Koechner (Anchorman Series) and Allison Tolman (TV’s Fargo) star in this gleefully gory horror thriller that delivers the kind of deep, dark laughs and hair-raising scares that make for a delightfully twisted holiday classic. The Blu-ray and DVD bonus features include an Alternate Ending, Deleted Scenes, Extended Scenes, Gag Reel, Galleries of images from the set, Feature Commentary With Director/Co-Writer Michael Dougherty and Co-Writers Todd Casey & Zach Shields and the featurette The Naughty Ones: Meet The Cast. At the center of this crazed story, filled with horrifying creatures and massive set pieces, are some of the funniest and most talented actors working today. This piece shines a light on the cast of Krampus as they share their experiences making this movie.
Bonus features exclusively available on the Blu-ray release include Krampus and His Minions, where fans can see how Krampus and his twisted underlings gave the visual-effects superstars at Peter Jackson’s New Zealand-based Weta Workshop some creative and technical challenges. Viewers will have an insider look at how Krampus and his evil minions were created and executed. Practical Danger features Stunt Coordinator Rodney Cook walking viewers through how the film’s thrilling stunts were done live on set while facing challenges with the creatures, children and set design. Inside the Snowglobe: Production Design teases the many challenges in designing the sets.
Filming almost entirely on sound stages in the middle of summer in New Zealand, the art department and special effects team had to pull out all of their tricks to create sets that were realistic, ready for stunts and practical effects, all while creating the look of a winter wonderland. Behind the Scenes at Weta Workshop: Krampus goes behind-the-scenes at the world famous Weta Workshop to see how they brought the amazing Krampus creatures to life. The final Blu-ray exclusive is Dougherty’s Vision, where director Michael Dougherty, along with the film’s cast and crew, reveal how his approach informed the tone, pacing, humor and performances of Krampus. Take a look at this exclusive preview before picking up Krampus on Blu-ray and DVD this week.