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Good news for people who like being tied up and thrown in a big sack: there’s a Krampus movie in the works. Different from that other Krampus movie in the works. A new one, this time from director Michael Dougherty of the horror cult classic Trick ‘r Treat. This second project about everyone’s favorite child-abducting goat man is titled Krampus and will be produced by Legendary Pictures. Dougherty, who is directing, will also share screenwriting duties with Todd Casey and Zach Shields. The Krampus, just in case you don’t know (or didn’t Google him when the last Krampus movie was announced) is a European folk legend that goes hand in hand with Santa Claus. You’re a good little boy or girl? You get a treat. You’re a bad little boy or girl? You get the Krampus, a horrible half-man half-goat abomination that abducts children and beats them with rusty chains. According to Deadline, Krampus will be a “twisted horror comedy set around the Christmas holiday” (as opposed to the many horror comedies that poke fun at graphically violent and terrifying situations, but are not even a little bit twisted). Here’s where things get awkward. Last month, when Kevin Smith was talking about his Krampus movie, now titled The Anti-Claus, he mentioned that part of his drive in making it is that there are no good Krampus movies here in the States (he even pushed back the filming of Clerks III to get to Anti-Claus first). In his words: “I wanna see THAT [Krampus-related] Christmas movie. So […]


Trick 'r Treat

Sam is coming back. At a screening of Trick ‘r Treat last night, director Michael Dougherty and the film’s patchwork trickster announced that they were planning a sequel through Legendary. Considering the production company’s split from Warners (and the shelf the studio forced the first film onto for years), it’s a good assumption that Warners won’t be involved. Although there are no details (and no script) currently, Dougherty claimed that the new anthology would move beyond the werewolves, zombies and vampires of the first to explore new stuff that goes bump on Halloween night. Trick ‘r Treat 2 is very, very welcome news as the first was a fun rarity in the October landscape. If it can maintain the caliber of the stories and the joyful tone of bloodlust, a new installment would be an excellent new tradition. At the very least it would offer more variety than the same house fully of cabinets opening themselves. [Legendary]



What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that is very sad this evening. Yesterday it was very exciting about the possibilities of asking out Siri, but today sadness has overwhelmed. What’s a near-sentient nightly news column to do? Well, lets do the news, as they said in the old days. As you likely know by now, Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. and the innovator of a generation, has passed away at age 56. It’s always tough to quantify how one person has impacted society, but in this particular case, it’s hard to imagine what things would have been like without Steve. Film School Rejects, like many a website, was originally designed on a Mac. He laid groundwork for much of the technology we use today. He truly changed lives. For more, I’d encourage you to read Cole’s excellent piece on Steve Jobs’ Movie Legacy: Pixar and the Technology that Freed Indie Filmmakers. Rest in Peace, Mr. Jobs. You’ve done well. Here’s to the craziest one of all… And now, on with our regularly scheduled news programming…



One of the best horror anthology movies of the past few decades finally saw release this month in theaters (albeit very limited) and on DVD/Blu-ray. And we’d like to give it to you, along with a book.



Trick ‘r Treat is a film of various, entwined Halloween-related vignettes that unfold into one small town’s ultimate nightmare. This is the story of its trailer.

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published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015

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