Holiday horror fans are very lucky right now. Thanks to the success of films like Rare Exports, we are being treated to some hopefully excellent genre pictures over the next few years. It’s always nice to have a good scare around Christmastime.

To continue in the spirit of movies like Gremlins, Scrooged and Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker, it has been just announced that the new horror anthology film A Christmas Horror Story has been picked up for US distribution this year. Here is the official synopsis:

CHRISTMAS: a time of Joy, Peace and Goodwill, unless you happen to live in the town of Bailey Downs. Here, on Christmas Eve, joy is corrupted when a malevolent spirit traps three teens in a school basement intent on recreating a twisted version of the Nativity story. Peace is shattered when a family returns from a snowy forest with the perfect Christmas tree only to find something is terrifyingly wrong with their seven-year-old son. And goodwill is perverted when a not-so-nice family is hunted down by Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus of Nordic mythology. Even Santa Claus himself is drawn into the horror when he has to fight off a horde of howling Zombie Elves before making his rounds. This Christmas, the creatures are stirring and they’re coming for you whether you’re naughty or nice.

“A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY brings a scary twist to the traditional Christmas tale. With the legendary William Shatner and horribly fantastic creatures, genre fans will never see this happy holiday the same way again.” – Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment

Krampus, Shatner and Elves. Sold! We’ll be keeping an eye out for future release dates, but until then get ready, Christmas is coming.