In Alpine folklore, Krampus is a fearsome horned figure who punishes naughty children during the Christmas season, just as Saint Nick rewards those who behave. Writer-‐director Michael Dougherty (Trick ’r Treat, Superman Returns, X2) brings this iconic figure to life in a modern-‐day horror comedy set against the perfect suburban holiday celebration. Legendary Pictures’ feature film KRAMPUS, will be released by Universal Pictures on December 4, 2015.
The Art of Krampus (Insight Editions / $45.00/ November 2015) takes a look at how this ancient myth inspired the filmmaker and Legendary to create a movie that captures the dark side of the holidays. Fascinating concept art and unit photography showcases the most thrilling, suspenseful, and dramatic moments of the movie alongside insightful commentary from the cast and crew. Ahead of the film’s release in December 2015, Legendary invites you behind the scenes as this deluxe coffee-‐table book details the handcrafted artistry that went into Dougherty’s eagerly awaited Yuletide offering. Visually stunning and comprehensive, The Art of Krampus will be the perfect holiday gift for horror, fantasy, and film enthusiasts.
The Art of Krampus
Written by: Michael Mallory; Foreword by Michael Dougherty
Insight Editions: November 2015
About the Contributors:
Michael Mallory is a Los Angeles–based writer, journalist, and film-‐and-‐animation historian. He is the author of seven nonfiction books on pop culture, including Hanna- Barbera Cartoons, Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe, X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe, Marvel: The Expanding Universe Wall Chart, Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror, and Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters, which he co-‐ wrote with animation legend Iwao Takamoto. In addition, he has written nearly 600 newspaper, magazine, and online articles for the Los Angeles Times, Variety, and Animation Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.
Michael Dougherty is an American screenwriter and director who co-‐wrote the scripts for Bryan Singer’s X2 and Superman Returns with Dan Harris. He also wrote and directed the 2007 cult horror film Trick ’r Treat.