Saturday, November 19, 2016

KRAMPUS

Krampus Movie Review

Faced with having to spend the Christmas with his extended family, seeing his parents fight too often, losing his friendship with his sister, and starting to wonder if Santa is real, young Max (Emjay Anthony) loses the Christmas spirit and tears up his letter to Santa, resulting in Krampus and his minions coming to terrorize the family. Let's begin with Krampus--he is a European figure dating back centuries--a half goat, half demon monster who punishes misbehaving children around Christmas time.

There he is...on the right

Among the familiar faces in the family are Adam Scott (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Toni Collette (Fright Night, the remake), David Koechner (Todd Packer), and my personal favorite, and childhood friend of my Dad, Conchata Ferrell (Edward Scissorhands)--given the cast, you have likely figured out this horror film leans toward the comedic side, so don't come here looking for any genuine scares. Though we don't really get a good look at Krampus himself, we do get very familiar with his team of misfits, including...

An angel...

Jack In The Box...

Flaming gingerbread men and...

Mr. Bear?

So obviously there will be comparisons to older movies such as Demonic Toys, Puppet Master, and Gingerdead Man, and those comparisons are certainly warranted, but this film does a good job separating itself from those. The Christmas sentiment seems real, which is a nice touch. While this movie is meant to be over the top (and in many ways, it is), where it really falls flat is in its resistance to go WAY over the top, which is something a movie like this is made for. There is little gore or blood, the death scenes (as they were) are far too tame, and, again, there are virtually no scares. When you go far enough to have the villains pictured above, go the extra step and make it a gore fest, much like Dead Alive. This is what kills me about the movie industry--I can say with almost absolute certainty that the reason the makers of this film held back was to attain a PG-13 rating. The result is a movie that, while fun to watch, instead of twenty years from now being looked upon as a cult classic in the vain of The Evil Dead, will be remembered as a horror comedy that is, unfortunately, neither scary nor particularly funny.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6

Krampus Movie Trailer

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