Krampus is a 2015 American horror fantasy comedy film based upon the eponymous character from Germanic folklore, directed by Michael Dougherty and written by Dougherty, Todd Casey, and Zach Shields. The film stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Ivy George, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Krista Stadler. It was released on December 4, 2015, by Universal Pictures. Creature effects were made by New Zealand-based special effect studio Weta Workshop.


On June 22, a suburban family gets together to celebrate the holidays—Maddy(Ruby Barnhill) and Abi (Dafne Keen), their children Kaylen Adams(Moria Kelly) and Hannah Alexander(Alison Lohman); Abi's sister Max(Max Records), Max's friend Simba(Matthew Broderick), their friends Ann Arbor Academy school Sean Douglas (Liam Aiken), Violet (Emily Browning), Masato (Chosen Jacobs), and their teenage brother, Justin Jack Dylan Grazer) Abi and Max's aunt Claire(Dakota Fanning); and Maddy's Austrian sitter, who is affectionately referred to as "Katy" (Kristen Stewart ). Hannah wants to continue the family's Christmas traditions, but tensions between various members of the family keep everyone from having a good time and the family lose their Christmas Spirit. Shortly after Hannah angrily shreds her Santa letter and throws it out the window into the sky, a leafstorm appears and cuts out power in the entire town.

On June 23 with no hot water, heat, or power, the family struggles for survival Kaylen travels to her friend's house, but is then attacked and taken by a figure with horns. Maddy and Simba then travel to Kaylen's friend's house, and find it in devastation, with the chimney split open as well as large, goat-like hoof prints on the floor. After Simba is attacked and bitten by a creature in the snow, the two kids retreat back to the house. Fearing what they do not yet understand, the family board up the doors and windows, promising Abi they will look for the missing Kaylen when morning comes. When the family falls asleep, Masatois woken up by the sounds of a chain down the chimney, and a gingerbread cookie on it. When he bites it, it comes to life and wraps around him. As he screams, the family tries to pull him back, but they lose grip and Masato screams in horror as he is taken up the chimney. All that ever fell down was his left shoe.

Katy reveals to the family what is happening—they are being tormented by Negan, an ancient demonic spirit that punishes those who are bad at Christmas, referring to him as the "shadow of Brandon Karsh". Katy admits that when she was young, her family's poverty, the townspeople's loss in belief, and the loss of the Christmas spirit caused her to lose her love for the holidays. This summoned Negan, resulting in her parents, and the town being dragged into Hell. She alone was spared by the demon, who left behind a bauble with his name inscribed as well as her life as a reminder of what happens when one loses their Christmas spirit. As Katy weeps in sadness, everyone but Simba is believing it. Simba opens the door to get Masato back, but finds a bunch of creepy sun-boys (one of which looks like Masato). Shadowy figures loom behind the sun-boys cackling evilly. Abi closes the door, grabbing Simba with her. Their motive now was to keep the fire hot in the chimney.

In June 24 the storm still loomed over the snowy sky with lightning and thunder. In the attic ( after the kids ask questions about Negan and the teens call for Simba and Max), Max was hoping to rewrap the gifts from the bag of presents for the kids before suddenly begins shaking. Sean and Violet on the way to the bathroom hear a voice from the attic , mistaking it for Kaylen's.The family runs to the attic and witness a large, snake-like jack-in-the-box monster eating Violet and are attacked by a group of monstrous toys, but manage to escape and save Sean. When the family dog runs into the air vents to attack the snake-like jack-in-the-box it breaks through the ceiling and the monstrous toys attack again. Just as Claire is about to kill the jack-in-the-box with the gun, monstrous looking elves break in and take Claire, the teenager and Simba. Negan is heard landing on their roof, and the rest of the family members quickly decide to make a run for the snowplow but Katy decides to stay behind to face Negan but is then knocks her out by monstrous toys from his sack. As the family almost makes it to the snowplow, Maddy stays behind to fight off the creature under the snow but runs out of ammo is then taken. Max and Abi are both then taken too after they get Hannah and Sean in the leafplow but they discover the leaf plow won't start and are attacked by the Saviors. After the Saviors take Sean, Negan appears in front of Hannah and gives her a bauble with her name on it, wrapped in a piece of her shredded Santa letter, before vanishing. Hananh realizes that she is the reason why Negan came.

Hannah travels in now sunlit neighborhood till eventually she found Negan and his men with Sean. Negan's is found in his gruesome truck driven by monstrous large goat-like creatures . Hannah confronts and pleads with Negan who opens a pit to heaven to give her family back and take her instead. Negan whips Hannah's tear and then laughs evilly along with his Saviors and makes the Saviors throw Sean into the pit then picks Hannah up and holds her over the pit. Hananh apologizes to the demon for losing her Christmas spirit and just wanted to have the Christmas they use to have but Negan drops the screaming Hannah into the pit.

Hannah suddenly awakens in her bed on Christmas morning. She looks out his window and sees that the neighborhood has returned to normal, and finds her presents under the tree and her family appears. Believing that the entire experience had been a dream, she opens a present and discovers the Negan bauble and the family falls silent and remembers what happened as the scene pans out to reveal them being seen through a snow globe in Negan's lair. The last shots of the movie are Negan's lair with many other snow globes, which leads to a jumpscare from the toys from earlier and the screen cuts to black.


  • Ruby Barnhill as Maddy Lewis
  • Dafne Keen as Abi Lewis
  • Matthew Broderick as Simba
  • Max Records as Max
  • Dakota Fanning as Aunt Claire
  • Alison Lohman as Hannah Alexander
  • Sophia Lillis as Kaylen Adams
  • Kristen Stewart as Katy
  • Chosen Jacobs as Howie Jr.
  • Queenie Samuel as Masato Canter
  • Liam AIken as Sean Douglas
  • Tom Guiry as Teenage Justin
  • Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
  • Curtis Vowell as DHL Man
  • Luke Hawker as Krampus (in-suit performer)
  • Gideon Emery as Krampus (vocal effects)
  • Seth Green as Lumpy and phone guy
  • Breehn Burns as Dumpy
  • Justin Roiland as Clumpy
  • Brett Beattie as Der Klown
  • Mark Atkin as Ketkrókur
  • Amy Brighton as Þvörusleikir
  • Trevor Bau as Hurðaskellir
  • Ravi Narayan as Kertasníkir
  • Felicity Hamill as Gáttaþefur
  • Sophie Gannon as Bjúgnakrækir
  • Kelly Lily Marie as Giljagaur
  • Clare Odell as Gluggagægir
  • Gareth Ruck as Stekkjarstaur
  • Ivy George as Perchta
  • Collin Dean as Ruprecht the Elf
  • Pascal Ackerman as Yule Goat
  • Skye Broberg as Yule Goat
  • Jessie Carson as Yule Goat
  • Thor as Rosie the Dog

Production NotesEdit

The film is written and directed by Michael Dougherty, known for the 2007 cult hit Trick 'r Treat. It is co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shields, and produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, and Alex Garcia of Legendary Pictures. On November 21, 2014, Allison Tolman and Emjay Anthony joined the cast. On March 3, 2015, Adam Scott, David Koechner, and Toni Collette joined the cast. Principal photography began on March 12, 2015.


The film was originally scheduled a release date for November 25, 2015, but was pushed back to December 4, 2015.

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The Family
Tom · Sarah · Howard · Linda · Max · Beth · Jordan · Stevie · Howie Jr. · Baby Chrissy · Aunt Dorothy · Omi
Minor Characters
Derek · DHL Man · Rosie
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Krampus · Der Klown · Perchta · Teddy Klaue · Tik Tok · Snow Beast · Lumpy · Clumpy · Dumpy · Ketkrókur · Þvörusleikir · Hurðaskellir · Kertasníkir · Gáttaþefur · Bjúgnakrækir · Giljagaur · Gluggagægir · Stekkjarstaur · Ruprecht the Elf · Yule Goat · Nutcracker