Performing a seven-foot demon was not without its challenges. With leg, arm and finger extensions under a suit that weighed over half my body weight, seeing the world through nothing more than a tiny camera hidden in the head, created some hurdles in terms of performance and balance. But with an amazingly supportive stunt team and my infinitely awesome colleagues at Weta Workshop, we were able to create a pretty awesome and frighteningly believable creature.
This is a classic 80s monster movie, this is fantastic stuff! It’s what we live for and what gets us up in the morning! It’s still hand operated, rod-controlled puppetry. It throws you straight back to the early days of making movies, and that is just a special place to be.
Up in Weta Workshop’s Consumer Products Department, the crew have been as busy as Christmas elves, dark elves that is. They’ve been crafting beastly statues of the creatures in the film including the cherub, a dark elf in an unsettling plague mask, and Krampus himself. These quality collectibles, made by the filmmakers, are available for purchase now at www.wetaworkshop.com/shop.
The Weta Workshop crew was also charged with directing, story producing and shooting the behind the scenes and electronic press kit for Krampus.
The festive horror opened strongly in US, drawing in 16 million in its opening weekend. Wellington audiences had to wait an extra week to be thrilled by the Christmas demon, with the film opening on selected screens, including Miramar’s iconic Roxy Cinema, on December 10, 2015.
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