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Greetings From Krampus

Krampus the Germanic, goat-legged Christmas demon never really caught on in the US. But we hope to change that with our documentary!

Greetings From Krampus

Krampus the Germanic, goat-legged Christmas demon never really caught on in the US. But we hope to change that with our documentary!

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Believe it or not, back in the day lovable old Saint Nick used to run around Eastern Europe with a child-murdering demon from Hell.  Legend had it that on Saint Nicolas Day, Santa Claus would arrive to reward all the good boys and girls with presents and treats.  But if you had been naughty, Santa would call in the Krampus to torture you until you repented for your sins.  Though the Krampus has been a major part of the Germanic Christmas tradition for centuries, the idea of a goat-legged Christmas monster never really caught on here in the U.S.  But we're hoping to change that with our new short documentary, Greetings From Krampus!

In December of 2011, our brave crew will travel from Chicago to Germany and Austria to document the beloved Alpine Christmas tradition of Krampusnacht; The Night of the Krampus.  Every year on Saint Nicolas Day Eve, thousands of young men in villages all across southern Germany, Austria and Northern Italy don horrifying (and beautifully crafted) Krampus costumes and rampage through the streets, frightening children and whipping anyone who crosses their paths.

While in Europe, the crew will also be covering the adventures of 27 year old New Yorker, Paul T. as he makes a pilgrimage to the land of the Krampus.  Born in North Pole, Alaska, Paul got to experience Christmas every day while growing up.  But since he moved to Brooklyn, Paul has become obsessed with a different holiday; Halloween.  Paul has developed a knack for crafting amazing and complex costumes and for the last 5 years, he has worked at the largest costume shop on the east coast.  So when Paul first saw the horrifyingly festive costumes that were being created and worn in Europe, he knew he wanted to try and construct his own Krampus costume.

And so he did.  Last December Paul joined hundreds of his fellow New Yorkers at the infamous New York SantaCon.  (In a weird way, it's essentially an Americanized version of Krampusnacht.)  But unlike the rest of the mob, Paul wasn't wearing a red suit and a white beard.  Paul was dressed as the only Krampus in New York City.  While in Austria, Paul hopes to learn how to create a European-style Krampus costume and maybe even get a few lessons on proper Krampus behavior.  After the trip, Paul will return to New York so he can prepare a new, more authentic Krampus costume that he will unveil at the 2011 NYC Santacon.  There are dozens of Santacon events all over the world and if Paul gets his way, maybe some day, each one of them will have their own Krampus on hand to doll out a little, much-needed punishment to all the bad boys and girls in the crowd.

Greetings From Krampus is being produced by Crapbot Productions.  The short is being directed by documentary filmmaker Dan Lamoureux.  If we are able to reach our funding goal, the plan is for the documentary to be about 20-30 minutes long.  But if we exceed our goals, we have plans to expand the concept into a feature!  For more information about the production, please e-mail us at GreetingsFromKrampus@gmail.com.  For occasional updates about the documentary, like us on facebook.

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