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Exclusive interview: Adam Scott on horror comedy Krampus

Exclusive interview: Adam Scott on horror comedy Krampus

22/04/2016Movies

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Step aside, St. Nick. There’s a new player on the holiday horizon and he goes by the name of Krampus. Directed by Michael Dougherty (creator of the cult favourite, Trick ‘r Treat (2007)), Krampus tells the story of a family – headed by Parks & Recreation’s Adam Scott – that make the mistake of turning their back on the spirit of Christmas, only to unleash an ancient demonic force intent on punishing them all. With an emphasis on old-school practical effects over CGI, Krampus marks both a throwback to 80s creature-fantasy and a welcome departure from the contemporary horror landscape. To celebrate the release of Krampus, coming to Virgin Movies, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 25th April 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, we spoke to Adam Scott about the making of his new film in Los Angeles.

What was it about Krampus that originally attracted you to the project?

Adam Scott: You know I love the Amblin movies of the 80s – Gremlins (1984), Poltergeist (1982), E.T. (1982), and I really miss these kinds of movies; these movies that take a real look at families. I like how they play out like a normal family dramedy would, like, say, the movie Parenthood (1989), and then all of a sudden creatures arrive on the scene. I know Michael Dougherty (the director) was trying to strike that tone with this film and that really excited me because those are my favourite movies. That and I loved the script. I thought it was really, really good. So I was eager to jump in.

Did you know anything about the legend of Krampus before filming?

Not really. I mean I knew vaguely what the creature was, but I didn’t know any of the mythology behind it. 

Did you study up?

I did. And I found it fascinating. This is where Santa Claus came from. There was Krampus and then they decided to make a little ‘easier to swallow’ Christmas mascot in Santa Claus because this one was scaring the bejesus out of little kids.

Tell us a little about the character you play.

I play Tom, the dad – a guy who’s out of town a lot on business and not really as connected to his family as he could be. He and his wife (Toni Collette) aren’t totally getting along and the family in general has sort of lost their Christmas spirit. And then Krampus and his minions invade and we all have to come together and try to regain our Christmas spirit.

What was it like working with co-star Toni Collette?  

I love Toni Collette. I was initially intimidated - just because I think she’s one of the greatest actresses working today. But she was just the best. I was nervous because we have scenes together where it’s just the two of us and you don’t want to screw that up. But she was just amazing. Just so great to work with. 

Adam Scott has the Christmas from hell in Krampus

Adam Scott has the Christmas from hell in Krampus

What was it like making a film anchored in old school practical effects and puppetry?

It was terrific. As actors, I think we’ve all grown accustomed now to looking at a tennis ball or being in front of a green screen. Having these actual creatures on stage with us was just so fun. And working with these technicians from Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings) was really an honour. Then on set, Michael Dougherty, our director, would hide these creatures from us so he could get our first reactions to them on camera, while they were rolling. There’s a lot of that in the movie where you see us really reacting to these insane creatures for the very first time.

Toni Collette plays a mum who’s lost her Christmas spirit

Toni Collette plays a mum who’s lost her Christmas spirit

What kind of a movie are audiences in store for?

It’s a really fun and incredibly unexpectedly sweet Christmas movie. I think it has a really innocent, pure heart at the centre of it. But it’s a really, really fun ride too! 

Krampus is coming to Virgin Movies, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 25th April 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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