‘ Twas the fright be­fore Christ­mas

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

TONI Col­lette ( pic­tured) is do­ing a Christ­mas movie with a hor­ror twist — this time Santa Claus is bad.

The Aussie ac­tress made an ap­pear­ance at Comic Con in San Diego over the week­end to pro­mote her up­com­ing sea­sonal film, Kram­pus, with costar Adam Scott.

The act­ing pair, with di­rec­tor Michael Dougherty, spoke on a panel af­ter show­ing the first trailer to the Christ­mas hor­ror film about this darker Santa Claus char­ac­ter, based on Ger­man folk­lore, who doesn’t bring presents but snatches chil­dren and puts them in a bag.

The film es­chews CGI ef­fects to show real mon­sters in­stead, and has been likened to 1980s hor­ror films such as Poltergeist.

“It felt like we were a func­tional, dys­func­tional fam­ily liv­ing in a house and these mon­sters were ac­tu­ally try­ing to kill us,” Scott said on the panel.

“The slime looks so much bet­ter when it’s real,” Dougherty said.

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