'Krampus' Crew Films with Edinboro University Students

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at 11:21 PM
'Krampus' Crew Films with Edinboro University Students by Britton Rozzelle
Edinboro University alum, Darin Foltz came back to his college town to film part of “Krampus: The Devil Returns” with several current students serving as extras.

After rising from abject obscurity in America, the Christmas villain Krampus has inspired many films, from horror to comedy, in the past few years, culminating in a big-budget release last holiday season by Universal. Before those movies, there was “Krampus: The Christmas Devil,” a 2013 horror film that brought the folkloric entity stateside, produced by a small crew.

Edinboro University alum Darin Foltz happened to be one of the members of that team. “We were the first movie made,” Foltz said proudly.

“We had it before anyone had it coming out,” he said, referring to the sudden influx of Krampus-related media between 2014 and 2015. The film has since been released in physical form across 15 countries by ITN Distribution and has been recognized by various outlets for its pacing and direction.

This “Krampus” is based on 17th Century Eastern European lore, and is “Saint Nick’s evil brother” that punishes children who happen to misbehave.

“Krampus: The Devil Returns” is set to star actors like Bill Oberst Jr. (“Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies,” “Scary or Die”), Rich Goteri (AMC’s “Low Winter Sun”), R.A. Mihailoff (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Hatchet 2”) and Tiffani Fest (“Circus of the Dead”).

According to Foltz, their first movie was filmed in a “guerilla process,” with everyone doing almost any and everything necessary during the shots, as many lower budget films have to. For “The Devil Returns,” Foltz explained that the “main priority was production value.” To ensure this, the team has acquired new equipment and expanded their personnel for the picture.

Foltz, who studied communications and broadcasting at Edinboro, grew up in the area with long-time friends and partners, A.J. Leslie, who is producing along with Foltz, and Jason Hull, the director of the film. All are looking to bring their local history and connection to the sequel, which begins filming in Northwestern Pennsylvania this month. Their first stop — Edinboro.

“There are some great people here, and it’s good to shine a spotlight on the area,” Foltz said. “It’s like giving back to our hometown.”

Foltz also took note of how excited and helpful people in the area, from citizens to police officers, have been in their filming process so far.

“People are happy to have you when you’re filming,” he said. “They’re excited.”

Excitement certainly didn’t seem to stop at the people the team have been working with, either.

“We’re proud to be making it,” Foltz said. “We love where we grew up,” he continued. “It’s good to put a home spin on it.”

And the over-abundance of snow in the area certainly helped nail down the feeling of those winter months the movie is set in.

Edinboro ended up being a fine location for the team, as Foltz, now a Kansas City native, has plenty of reasons to return to the area. “It works out,” he said.

“My family can see their family and we can make a movie.”

After our interview, Foltz invited The Spectator to their on-location film shoot in the Edinboro area, so be sure to keep an eye out for some of your fellow students when “Krampus: The Devil Returns” premieres.

For more information on the film, visit facebook.com/krampusreturns and edinboronow.com for pictures from filming.

Britton Rozzelle is The Arts Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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