Directed by Michael Dougherty
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While the holiday season represents the most magical time of year, ancient European folklore warns of Krampus, a horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmastime. When dysfunctional family squabbling causes young Max (Emjay Anthony) to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of the fearsome demon. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, mom (Toni Collette), pop (Adam Scott), sister (Stefania LaVie Owen) and brother must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate.
I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this movie. I was actually quite enjoying this until the gingerbread men were introduced. It had an air of mystery about it, which made it pretty creepy. But the gingerbread men. I just. Can’t. I’m sorry but I just could NOT take them seriously!! After that, the movie just got so campy and ridiculous that I was laughing through almost the whole last half of it because I couldn’t take it. My boyfriend looked over at one point and was like, “Why are you laughing?!” BECAUSE IT’S FUNNY OKAY. I couldn’t take it seriously.
Even though it was absolutely ridiculous, I actually kind of liked it. It wasn’t like one of those movies where I watch it and forget about it; my mind keeps going back to it for some reason. I’m not sure I’d watch it again but I will grudgingly admit I enjoyed it. I also think it was supposed to be campy (I don’t know how you could not do it intentionally) – it was more satirical than actual horror. I mean, don’t get me wrong – it’s definitely still a horror. I don’t think this movie would be good for people who get scared easily because there are some rather disturbing things in it. Umm, that freakin’ jester/jack-in-the-box thing?!
CREEEEEPYYYY. The other “toys” were ridiculous though. And so was Krampus himself. View Spoiler »He looked like a shriveled zombie version of Santa. With the horns and hooves, I was expecting something animalistic… « Hide Spoiler When the angel thing and the little rabid teddy bear were attacking the family I was laughing my ass off. Like, IT’S A TOY. You’re getting your ass kicked by a toy. I CAN’T.
I did like the idea behind it, though! If you lose hope and the Christmas spirit, Krampus is going to come get yooooouu. Nice little bedtime story to scare the kids into behaving, ha!
The family was SO IRRITATING at the beginning! The kids were little shits, the aunt was a bitch, and the uncle was SUCH an ass. I wanted to slap almost every single character. I kinda think that was the point of it, but STILL. If I was the woman hosting I would have been like OKAY GET THE F*CK OUT OF MY HOUSE BEFORE I COMMIT MURDER.
That ending??? WHAT THE CRAP. View Spoiler »I expected for everyone to die except for the boy, because of the grandma’s story. But the snow globe? Like WHAT?? So they’re like stuck in their own little Christmas hell for all eternity? Or what?! « Hide Spoiler
Visual Effects: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
All three of those skulls are for that jack-in-the-box thing. *shudders*