‘Clerks’ writer/director picks festive fright for next project…

It has been announced Justin Long (‘ A Case of You’), Haley Joel Osment (‘The Sixth Sense’), Genesis Rodriguez (‘The Last Stand’) and Michael Parks (‘Django Unchained’) are all set to reunite with their ‘Tusk’ writer/director Kevin Smith for the Yuletide horror feature, ‘Anti-Claus.’

‘Anti-Claus’ tells the tale of the centuries-old, devil-like creature known the world-over as the Krampus – the “Anti-Claus” of Alpine country folklore, infamous for eating naughty children during the season of giving.

“When I was a kid, if they wanted to make a Christmas horror movie, they’d stick an axe in Santa’s hands,” says Smith. “In ‘Anti-Claus,’ we leave Santa alone and creep with the Krampus through twisted tales of holly-jolly murder, desire, desperation and despair. Just in time for the holiday season… In America, we’re taught that nice kids gets presents from Santa and naughty kids get coal. But in countries like Germany, Austria, Bavaria, Romania and Hungary, Christmas is more metal than merry: Saint Nicholas brings a sack full of toys for good kids and the Krampus carries an empty bag for taking away the bad kids. I wanna see THAT Christmas movie. So rather than wait for it, we’ll make it instead.”

Principal photography on ‘Anti-Claus’ kicks off this September with special effects whiz Robert Kurtzman, who recently worked with Smith on ‘Tusk,’ on board to create the Krampus.

Jordan Monsanto, Andy McElfresh and Jennifer Schwalbach are attached to produce, with Jason Mewes executive producing.