He’s making his list, checking it twice and doesn’t really care if you are nice at all. Krampus is coming to your town and you should be afraid, VERY AFRAID. Team SFPL checked out the new movie based on the anti-Santa, see what we thought about it after the jump.
Imagine you’re a kid, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, it’s Christmas Eve, you lay out the cookies and milk, hop in your bed and are awaken by the loud thumping of this on your roof ?
That’s definitely not jolly old St.Nick coming to spread Christmas glee and give you that toy you always wanted. It’s his evil shadow Krampus looking to collect some holiday souls and punish the naughty. The movie perfectly reflects all things that make Christmas well… a pain in the ass for some. The movie perfectly opens up with a montage of crazed shoppers running and tearing a store up to Andy Williams classic “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. Basically already giving you a sense of what direction this movie will be going in.
Krampus tells the story of the mythical character of Alpine lore, (yes this a “real” thing) who only comes to punish naughty kids. In the movie we follow young Max (Emjay Anthony) who is totally let down by his dysfunctional family and their lack of holiday cheer and spirit. In the process of wishing his family would go way he accidentally summons Krampus and his evil legion of elves and crazed toys.
Krampus inflicts Christmas fear and totally lays waste to the neighborhood leaving Max and his family no choice to put their differences aside and fight for their survival. The movie does take time to develop but when it does get going it’s a hilarious/scary ride. Michael Dougherty perfectly blends scares, with humor with help from a great comedic cast. Adam Scott, Toni Collete, David Koechner, Allison Tollman, Conchata Ferrell successfully bring the humor with the help of the kids who held their own.
What we really loved were Krampus minions, the evil toys looked very good and frightening. The menacing gingerbread men could have looked a little better but they definitely were a hit.
The evil jack in the box will totally give your kids nightmares as he menaced the poor family in the film.
As for Krampus himself, he was very creepy and when he did eventually get on-screen made his presence felt.
Krampus definitely looked like everything anti-Santa would and should be, kids will definitely remember that ghastly look on his face and those horns on his head.
Krampus is not a perfect horror film, BUT it’s definitely one of the best horror films revolving around Christmas. Krampus definitely has the potential to spawn a sequel but also runs the risk of being overdone as well. Our biggest complaint with the movie was not being able to see the creatures and Krampus more. The cast totally makes up for it though. If you’re big into horror/comedy films and hate the holiday season all together Krampus is definitely for you and worth taking the family out to see.
3 out 5
CAST: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen with Krista Stadle
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