Review: Krampus

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Review: KrampusKrampus by Michael Dougherty
Released by Universal Studios on 10 December 2015
Genres: Horror
Length: 1h 38m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler, Maverick Flack, Lolo Owen, Queeni Samuel.

  

 

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.


When I first saw a poster for the movie Krampus in a magazine I got from my local cinema, I thought it would be a weird Christmas-y themed horror movie like we have a Sinterklaas themed one in our country (called Sint, if anyone is curious). I didn’t pay that much attention to it, but when I was looking at movies for my December movies I want to see post, I saw Krampus sitting there, and I decided to watch the trailer.

Krampus is labeled a horror comedy which to me are two of the worst categories. I am not a horror fan, and I am also not a comedy fan, so at first I was a bit uncertain about watching it. But the trailer surprised me quite a bit. It wasn’t that scary (I mean it won’t be the next The Conjuring, that’s for sure); and I didn’t really see that much humour in it as well. So my friend and I decided that we would go and see it on a Tuesday night.

The movie is about the Engel family – grandmother (from Austria), father Tom, mother Sarah, daughter Beth and son Max, Sarah’s sister’s family – Linda, Howard, Howie Jr., Stevie, Jordan and the baby; and aunt Dorothy – who all have to spend Christmas together. Then, in an outrage, Max accidentally summons the demon Krampus to their neighbourhood and the family has to try to survive the snowstorm, a power failure and now also a demonic presence. As if Christmas couldn’t get any worse!

I had honestly been scared for a moment, that the trailer wasn’t the worst of the movie, and that there would be super scary parts in it, but I have to say that I slept very well that night, and any night since. There were scary parts in this movie, mainly the parts where things jumped in front of the screen all of a sudden, or where the music would suddenly become very loud. That is probably the worst thing about horror movies – the loud music. There were no super scary faces that I am still thinking about at night (you hardly see Krampus’ face, and the parts you do see, are not scary at all. Except for his tongue, which is just gross).

I really liked the family – the differences between the Engel family and Linda’s family (whose last name I didn’t catch, maybe it just wasn’t mentioned at all). I especially liked Max, but that’s maybe because I knew the actor already from Insurgent (where he played Hector, Lynn’s little brother). I really felt bad for him throughout this whole movie, because technically it was his fault that all this stuff happened. View Spoiler »

This was my first Christmas-y themed horror movie that I watched – because I don’t want a horror creature ruining Christmas for me, ha ha ha – but this movie really made me want to celebrate Christmas even more. It did not at all ruin my experiences, but I will try to not wish for things to be like they used to be, or something stupid like that – just in case I do summon Krampus (although thanks to Supernatural I kind of know how to expell a demon… Just kidding). Also, halfway through the movie, I realised that the sounds the cookies make is the exact same sound as the Cornish Pixies from the Chamber of Secrets (and I think the Cherub angels from The Angels Take Manhattan)

If you’re looking for a nice horror movie for the Holidays, I definitely recommend you go and see Krampus, even if you’re not that happy (or should I say jolly? No? Okay) about the whole ‘comedy’ part of the movie, honestly it’s not like the typical Eddie Murphy or Jim Carrey movie. If I – a person who hates most of the comedy movies out there – loved it, you will probably too! Or perhaps you don’t like the ‘horror’ part of the movie, and I can also say that it is not as bad as The Conjuring, or Paranormal Activity, honestly!

My opinion in one gif: 

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(me @ that ending)


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