You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not lose all hope in Christmas and then summon an evil Christmas demon to your house for the holiday. Krampus is a B rated horror/comedy of a good time. This film felt like director Michael Dougherty decided he will make a potential cult classic and I think he succeeded. This film is so outrageous and it is aware of that. If you desire to see a holiday movie that breaks away from the standard Christmas family experience then this is a film for you.
The plot is simple enough, a boy has a bad christmas experience and then mistakenly summons Krampus, who terrorizes the family and neighborhood. The story doesn’t really get any more involved than that. It’s a simple story with similar execution but it’s entertaining. This is a dark comedy/horror and it’s important that you know that before watching the film. If you expect this to be just a scary movie you might miss some of the jokes, spoken and situational. There’s plenty of laughs if you know that jokes are happening intentionally.
Adam Scott and David Koerchner deliver great performances considering the type of movie this is. When snow piles are attacking you and you have a shot gun, I expect certain expressions and Adam Scott gave them. When Gingerbread Men are shooting at you with a nail gun and trying to stab you, I expect certain reactions and David Koerchner made it work. The supporting cast was equally talented and entertaining.
Curiously, the most believable character on screen is the mysterious German grandmother who speaks German but understands English. This role was fantastically acted out by Krista Stadler. Her facial expressions took the elements of fear and concern and elevated the overall enjoyment of this film. If not for her, I doubt the moments that were meant to be scary or threatening would’ve felt cheesy and forced. Her performance pulls me into the film for brief moments and it was worth it.
The minions that accompany Krampus are simply out of control and Tim Burton-esqueue. These supporting characters provided some hilarious moments that are always present in cult classics. Such a fun time on screen terrorizing the family and the dog.
“Krampus” is in theaters now! I give this film all the candy canes and Christmas cookies because it doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. The ending was a pleasant surprise that I wasn’t expecting and overall the film was entertaining and enjoyable. If you only see 1 or 2 movies a month I’d recommend you consider this for Redbox rental night. It’s fun but it’s limited in scope for who might be their target audience.
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