We’re still getting used to the fact that fall is almost here and Pumpkin Spice has taken over our lives, so it may seem a little early to be looking forward to Christmas, but Krampus is one Christmas movie that feels right at home in the Halloween season. A creepy holiday-themed horror movie, Krampus has all the makings of a future cult classic.

We caught a peek at Krampus at Comic-Con this year and despite it’s silly name, it actually looks like a lot of fun; like a Gremlins for a new era of kids, with equal parts laughs, adventure and scares. It’s got a great cast — Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner and Allison Tolman — and it’s written and directed by Michael Dougherty who last brought us the highly underrated Halloween horror film Trick ‘r Treat.

It’s an admittedly tough concept to describe, so we’ll let the official synopsis do the heavy lifting.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

And, if you like your horror movies old-fashioned, know that this one is purposely light on CGI, instead relying on WETA Workshop to create practical versions of Krampus and his evil minions. Evil minions you say? Yeah, like this guy:


Or, this guy:


Krampus opens in theaters on December 4.