Legendary and Universal's 'Krampus' Avoids Showdown with Seth Rogen Christmas Movie

Thomas Tull Headshot - P 2014
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Thomas Tull Headshot - P 2014

The film moves off the crowded Thanksgiving 2015 weekend

Universal has moved Legendary Pictures' Christmas horror comedy Krampus off the crowded Thanksgiving 2015 weekend, scheduling it to open one week later on Friday, December 4, 2015.

Krampus, directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat), is described as "a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul" centering on a demon who seeks out naughty people to punish them at Christmas time.

The film was co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shields and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Garcia.

The move means that Krampus won't have to face off against another yuletide film. In October, Sony moved up the untitled Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Christmas Eve comedy from Dec. 11 to Nov. 25. 

The move takes Krampus off of the crowded Nov. 25, 2015 weekend, which is populated by several other wide releases, including animated film The Good DinosaurRidley Scott's drama The Martian and Warner Bros.' sci-fi film Midnight Special.

Krampus currently has the Dec. 4, 2015, weekend to itself.