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Is Krampus 2 Happening? It Seems Michael Dougherty Has More Christmas Fear To Spread – SlashFilm

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Given the decent financial success of “Krampus,” it’s a little surprising that “Krampus 2” hasn’t been made yet, with “Trick ‘r Treat 2” seemingly taking priority for Dougherty. In fairness, “Trick ‘r Treat” has about as much cultural cache as “Krampus” these days; merch exists for both films, but the impish Sam from the Halloween-set film seems to have an edge over the ancient Yuletide demon (and let’s be real — Sam is much more adorable). Also, it’s not like Dougherty needed to work on a sequel to either film right away, as he moved on from “Krampus” to make “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” in 2019.

More importantly, the anthology style of “Trick ‘r Treat” makes a sequel a far more natural fit; there are endless permutations and explorations about the Halloween mythos and all that surrounds it that can be utilized, and since the original film doesn’t contain a particular storyline or cast of characters that demand to be included (just Sam, and his mercurial nature can be applied just about anywhere), it’s bound to be simple enough to cook something up.

“Krampus,” meanwhile, was heavily centered around the Engel clan: young Max (Emjay Anthony), father Tom (Adam Scott), mother Sarah (Toni Collette), sister Beth (Stefania LaVie Owen), grandmother Omi (Krista Stadler) and their extended family, led by uncle Howard (David Koechner) and aunt Linda (Allison Tolman). While the film closes the tale of this ensemble of characters in deliciously ambiguous fashion, the question of whether a sequel might feel compromised if none of them reappeared, as well as just what such a sequel could even be is likely the reason for “Krampus 2” being on the back burner this long.

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