Kevin Smith Taking on New Horror Film Anti-Claus Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.28.2014
A Christmas horror film...
Holiday horror is often a dicey proposition. For every film like the original Black Christmas you have one like...well, the remake of Black Christmas. And that says nothing about the largely-awful Silent Night, Deadly Night string of sequels. But Kevin Smith seems undaunted by they trickiness, as he is set to direct Anti-Claus for XYZ Films, who have made the announcement. The film stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks, all of whom are appearing in Smith's other upcoming horror flick Tusk.
The film tells the tale of the centuries-old, devil-like creature known the world-over as the Krampus – the "Anti-Claus" of Alpine country folklore, infamous for eating naughty children during the season of giving.
Smith said in the press release, "When I was a kid, if they wanted to make a Christmas horror movie, they'd stick an axe in Santa's hands. In Anti-Claus, we leave Santa alone and creep with the Krampus through twisted tales of holly-jolly murder, desire, desperation and despair. Just in time for the holiday season... In America, we're taught that nice kids gets presents from Santa and naughty kids get coal. But in countries like Germany, Austria, Bavaria, Romania and Hungary, Christmas is more metal than merry: Saint Nicholas brings a sack full of toys for good kids and the Krampus carries an empty bag for taking away the bad kids. I wanna see THAT Christmas movie. So rather than wait for it, we'll make it instead."