In the new film Dracula and/or Imhotep will be freed, and break the rules of Samhain, but be so powerful not even Sam can stop him. Sam will be forced to call on Krampus out-of-season. Both sides will gather monsters to their cause. And it will be glorious.
- Can we still have the Mummy signal from the castle roof at the very first sound of a reindeer hoof?
What if the monster was the snow itself?!? Krampus's henchmen are all Christmas icons come to life (gingerbread men, toys, etc.), and what's more iconic to the holiday season than snow! What if Krampus imbued the snow itself with life and had it devour Tom, Linda, and Sarah?
- An evil Easter Bunny for Ostara wouldn't be out of the question. Beltane is basically the pagan Valentine's Day. I can see some of the harvest holidays having a thing with GM Os. Midsummer can be about not enjoying summer. Imbolc would be the most difficult to make a movie about.
- It may be hard to sell some of these as individual horror movies, but this idea could easily be put to great effect in crossover fiction like Rise of the Guardians or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There's all sorts of legends and myths to fill out these holidays. And a lot of them would probably be pretty ticked off nowadays due to lack of respect.
- Under this theory, Imbolic should be his next movie given he went from Samhain to Yule. Samhain got a demon disugised as a trick or treater, Yule got Krampus as a scary Santa. Imbolic's usual symbol is the Irish Goddess Brigid. She however isn't usually that negative an entity, but the holiday is about spring and some of it's influence is felt in Groundhog's day. So perhaps the way to spin that one is if you hate on spring, the weather and animals turn on you in a "Long Weekend" way. Make Brigid like a smiling watching spirit during the attacks.
- A Valentine's Day movie that ties the holiday into the Roman festival of Lupercalia note , possibly with werewolves.
- A Mardi Gras movie with a horrored-up Baron Samedi, or perhaps Comus.
- Day of the Dead, perhaps, with Santa Muerte?
- A St. Patrick's Day movie with Crom Cruach, portrayed as a giant monstrous snake creature imprisoned centuries ago by St. Patrick, and his twisted leprechaun minions.
Its made by the same guy who made Trick R Treat so its possible that the two films co-exist. Krampus is just set in a different neighborhood and it isn't an anthology movie.
- I think Michael Dougherty all but confirmed this in an interview a while back, as indicated here.
Krampus is a German legend, and the Nazis have been very, very naughty. It practically writes itself: A young child locked in the camps loses hope, and destroys a letter to Saint Nicholas, and so Krampus comes. The story would provide and Actionized Sequel, with Krampus and his ilk taking fire from military-grade weapons, the setting would be quite different, and Krampus would actually get to be The Hero instead of a Knight Templar Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Keep in mind a lot of the people in these camps didn't celebrate Christmas to start with.
In the end, Krampus himself will confront the two focus kids, and from here there will be two different endings. The Happy Ending will have the Witness resolving to tell the authorities of the naughty act, ratting out the others kids. All the kids are returned to their homes on Christmas day, the Witness spills the beans, and while all the kids are punished, with the exception of the Mastermind all them either get off light and/or received the therapy and guidance they need, allowing them to move on from the Naughty Act and live happy and fulfilling lives. The Mastermind, on the other hand, remains unrepentant for the Naughty Act and spends the rest of his childhood in juvenile detention, eventually leading to a life of crime and ruin, eventually becoming a murderous hobo on the streets where he's finally arrested by the police.
The Bad Ending will have the Witness refusing to tell the authorities about the Naughty Act. Only the Witness is returned to his home on Christmas day, and while the police eventually crack the case of the Naughty Act, the Witness takes the fall for it due to the virtue of all the other kids involved in it having been killed off by the Krampus. The Witness's life take a downward spiral from there, the guilt of the Act and his initial refusal to tell anyone about consuming him and ruining him, eventually leading him to become a crazed, murderous hobo on the streets until he's finally arrested by the police.
An interesting theory I thought of last night. None of the family knew much about Omi's history. What if Omi knew the entire time that Krampus was only trying to teach them a lesson? However, she was concerned that if she told them that she would effectively ruin the lesson, and Krampus would be REALLY mad. So, she told them her story, but left out the ending.
- Omi hid, though. If Krampus only returned the family because Max offered himself up instead, Omi wouldn't have gotten the same benefit.
But with taking ones family for granted. Max yelled at his family and told them that he hated them. Omi wished her family would go away. The Krampus is a combination Literal Genie and Trickster Mentor with a focus on Scare 'Em Straight. The difference between Max and Omi's Krampus attacks are that Max proved he learned his lesson when he begs the Krampus to Take Me Instead. Related to the above, Omi did NOT get her family back because she didn't learn her lesson in time. It seems strange that Omi didn't mention that her family was alright since it would prove that the Krampus can bring people back. As for the attacks taking place during Christmas, it is a stressful time when families get together, plus it's the one time of year where we're especially expected to show "goodwill towards man."
I re-watched Krampus with a friend who's well-versed in mythology, and she was quite annoyed that much of the imagery seemed more applicable to the Wild Hunt than to Krampus.
Then it hit me: What if Krampus and Sam are just members of the Wild Hunt who break away once a year to do their own thing (Krampus has a few followers who come with him).
This would establish both a Meta Origin and a Bigger Bad. If Krampus can devastate a town and drag people into the Underworld, God help whoever pisses off the leader of the full legion. (That said, I'm curious which leader they'll go with, since it varies throughout Europe.)
- The way they kidnap the family does feel very reminiscent of the Wild Hunt. We should also make note that a lot of things in this film are from various not as recognized folk traditions (at least for the American audience) even though to this troper's knowledge this specific compilation is new for this film. So it we tie in to the above the various entities could eventually converge into a Wild Hunt movie
- Theres also a prepared area( a town thats lost Christmas spirit) and a particular time it evidently must be performed.