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Michael Dougherty

Rare Exports: The Original Krampus Horror Movie

Released earlier this month, Michael Dougherty’s Krampus became a surprise hit at the box office, and I think it’s safe to say the film’s success can be chalked up to both positive reviews and the fact that the titular character is currently more popular than ever. Dougherty’s movie quite literally came along at the perfect […]

Michael Dougherty’s Krampus: Interpreting The Ending

Six years after Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat was dumped to video, after sitting on a shelf for a couple years prior, his follow-up Krampus spread holiday fear at the box office this past weekend. Much to the delight of the horror community – or at least the fans who actually like horror movies – […]

Graphic Novel Review – Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas

The growing popularity of Krampus has been almost palpable in recent years, and it was only a matter of time before the Christmas beast broke on through into the mainstream. On Friday, December 4th, Trick ‘r Treat writer/director Michael Dougherty brings the shadow of Saint Nick out of the shadows and onto the silver screen […]

Krampus: From Relative Obscurity to Horror Movie Icon

Though a killer Santa first stalked the screen in 1972’s Tales from the Crypt, it was thanks to films like Black Christmas, Christmas Evil and Silent Night, Deadly Night that ‘Christmas horror’ became a bona fide sub-genre. In the decades since their release, holiday figures like elves and gingerbread men have joined Santa as horror […]