WATCH: ‘Krampus’ unleashes holiday havoc in new trailer

Krampus, the dark counterpart of Santa Claus, gets unleashed in a new trailer from the Christmas-themed horror thriller. Watch the trailer below.

Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Krampus,” a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the Christmas holiday.

Directed by Michael Dougherty, “Krampus” stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tollman, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Owen and Krista Stadler.

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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.

Opening across the Philippines on December 2, 2015, Krampus is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

— PRESS STATEMENT FROM UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES

Sarah Dumont vs zombies in ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’

Model-turned-actress Sarah Dumont proves she’s more than well-equipped to be the leading lady as she plays a smokin’ hot but kick-ass cocktail waitress in Universal Pictures’ R-16 Without Cuts horror-comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

In the film, three scouts and lifelong friends (Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joseph Morgan) join forces with one badass cocktail waitress (Dumont) to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Director Christopher Landon says, “Casting, for me, is always a gut process. It’s like falling in love – you just know it when you meet the person. Cocktail waitress Denise was the trickiest role for me to cast. This was an original character that I created because I wanted to see a strong female in the movie. I was basically looking for a cool dude in a hot girl’s body. Sarah Dumont is that person. She’s grotesquely beautiful but she has the mouth of a trucker and the swagger of a rock star. The first time I saw her holding one of our prop shot guns I just nodded my head. The whole bad-ass vibe fits her like a glove.”

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“‘Scouts’ was definitely one thing I loved doing,” shares Dumont. “I love action, and doing all those stunts. I’m a tomboy so watching s–t explode was always awesome for me. Being on a set with comedy is the best too because you’re always laughing and cracking jokes and it’s just always good vibes.”

Sarah portrays Denise, a high school dropout who works as a cocktail waitress at a strip club. She’s a ‘no questions’ kinda gal, with a penchant for leading the charge and enjoying the thrill of a little zombie ‘killin. “It’s really nice when I first read the script to see the female character as strong and independent and not the damsel in distress.”

Sarah Dumont is an actress and model that got her acting start in the pilot for “Melrose Place” in 2009. After moving out to Los Angeles in January of 2012 she immediately booked a spot on “CSI.”

She has also be seen alongside Joseph Gordon Levitt in his directorial debut “Don Jon,” as well as the lead in the independent feature “Acid Girls” opposite Clara Paget (“Black Sails”) and directed by Taylor Cohen. She will also be in the short film “Tblisi, My City” opposite Ron Perlman.

Sarah will next be seen the Warner Bros. feature film, “Rise” opposite Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek”).

As a model, Sarah has also worked with many leading global brands such as Giorgio Armani, True Religion, Express, Guess and many others.

As it has opened across the Philippines on November 11, 2015, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

— PRESS STATEMENT FROM UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES

Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss for the last time in ‘Mockingjay Part 2’

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 brings the global motion picture phenomenon to its thrilling and emotionally powerful last chapter as the stakes for Katniss Everdeen escalate from surviving the most deadly games ever devised to setting the course of the future.

Now, in the final chapter of The Hunger Games, with all the Districts united against the Capitol for the first time, tomorrow itself is on the line. For Katniss to truly be herself, she realizes she must now fully take on the indomitable Mockingjay spirit in a last stand to set things right.

Says director Francis Lawrence: “In this film, Katniss takes the action back into her own hands and goes after Snow personally. The movie really opens up as we go deep into the streets of the Capitol, coming full circle from Katniss’s journey there in the first film. There’s more action, more scope, more emotion and most of all, this film brings the story to its moving conclusion.”

“This is the chapter when Katniss really starts to believe in the impact that she can have,” Lawrence comments. “She’s always been so reluctant and has always found herself in situations where all she can do is try to survive, but now she’s turning the tables. I was excited for her to finally take her place as a leader. At the end of Mockingjay – Part 1, she was kind of numb, and genuinely unsure if she wanted to go on. In Mockingjay – Part 2 she starts seeing the bigger picture. She’s looking beyond her own personal losses and gains to focus on making a better future.”

Now, Katniss’s concerns are being channeled directly into action – taking the character for the first time into all-out combat beyond the controlled confines of an arena. Raising the stakes, Katniss’s little sister Prim, long her motivation to fight against the Capitol, is now a medic in the battle zone.

“The action scenes in Mockingjay – Part 2 are incredible,” Jennifer says. “Some of it was difficult – shooting in wet tunnels, in and out of the water and doing fight choreography with 20 pounds of waterlogged gear – but it was totally worth it because it is going to look fantastically real for audiences.”

It all brings Katniss to the denouement of her world-changing tale. Concluding the series is bittersweet for Jennifer Lawrence, but she is intrigued to leave Katniss at the most promising juncture of her life. “She’s started to see the beauty in humanity in this film,” Jennifer observes. “In the beginning she had a short view of the way things are because of her upbringing. She did not have much hope then, and she felt alone for a lot of her life. During everything that has happened – in the Games, in District 13, in the Capitol at the end of this story – she found herself more and more connected to people.”

Jennifer has tremendous gratitude for being granted the chance to embody Katniss. “I have loved being a part of a film that sparks some really cool conversations,” she concludes. “It’s been an incredible chapter in my life, and the way the films have resonated with people has been amazing.”

One last time, join the revolution this November 18, 2015 when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 invades cinemas nationwide as released by Pioneer Films.