New Zealand, March 14 (UPI) -- Principal photography is set to begin on Krampus, a horror-comedy feature film starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman and David Koechner, Legendary Pictures announced.
The movie is about young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays.
"When they accidentally unleash the wrath of Krampus -- an ancient entity from European folklore -- all hell breaks loose and beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own. Now, the fractured family is forced to unite if they hope to survive," a synopsis said.
Set for release Dec. 4, the movie will include creature-effects wizardry from Weta Workshop and visual effects from Weta Digital, the companies that helped conjure up movie magic in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises.
Co-starring Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Owen and Krista Stadler, Krampus was co-written and will be directed by Michael Dougherty.