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Krampus trailer, Adam Scott and Toni Collette star in the holiday-horror you’ve been waiting for

“Krampus” is easily one of the most unique holiday-films coming out this year, and Legendary Pictures has released a new trailer to get you into the horror-day spirit.

The film is a “darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul,” according to the studio, the story reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday that has roots in German folklore. The horror-comedy tells the story of young Max (Emjay Anthony), who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays.

When they accidentally unleash the wrath of Krampus—an ancient entity from European folklore—all hell breaks loose and beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own. Now, the fractured family is forced to unite if they hope to survive.

Krampus and his mischievous underlings are being created by the combined efforts of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong, among many others.

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ’r Treat), Krampus is co-written by Zach Shields and Todd Casey and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Dougherty. The film will be released by Universal Pictures.

The horror-comedy stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler.

The film was directed by Michael Dougherty and produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Michael Dougherty. Daniel Stillman served as executive producer.