- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

ETNA, Pa. (AP) - Krampus has been a dark secret lingering in the shadows of folklore, but he’s about to come into the light.

For the uninitiated, Krampus is a horned, devilish anti-Santa who punishes kids during the holiday season for their misdeeds. He is also the title character of “Krampus,” a holiday horror film coming Dec. 4 and starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette.

You can get a glimpse of him now, as he and his frightful minions are providing the scares at the ScareHouse. How Krampus ended up in Etna is the result of a visit there by “Krampus” writer-director Michael Dougherty, who also directed the 2007 cult horror film “Trick ‘r Treat.” He walked through the ScareHouse in 2013 with Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, and Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.

“They all seemed to really appreciate the haunt and the spirit that went into making it, and Michael particularly appreciated our mixture of humor and horror,” says ScareHouse director Scott Simmons. “So after the season we all started touching base regularly on ideas to collaborate.”

Last year, ScareHouse guests encountered Sam, the mysterious revenge-driven burlap-sacked child in “Trick ‘r Treat,” and in May 2014 the idea for the Krampus characters to visit was hatched.

“The movie has the kind of mix of dark humor and horror that is very much in sync with our ScareHouse brand,” Mr. Simmons says. “I pretty much lost my mind when we received a big crate of the actual creatures and costumes from the film.”

Created by Weta Workshop, some are on display and others were used as reference to bring the creatures to life. Because the movie doesn’t come out until December, people aren’t that familiar with Krampus yet. Part of the mission, he says, is to promote the film.

“The haunt is a kind of teaser for the movie. We take great care to only offer glimpses of the final Krampus creature so as to not ruin the surprise,” Mr. Simmons says. “The creatures from the film are so creepy that they make a definite impact. So while there’s not the same kind of anticipation or awareness that we might have if we were dealing with something like Freddy or Jason, there’s this wonderful surprise of seeing something new - like a teddy bear with fangs leaping out of the darkness.”


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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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