Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about Krampus. I remember seeing the trailer for this around a month or so ago and thought it looked ridiculous and so silly especially because of the cheesy horror-like Christmas music, but I decided to give the film a try to see what the deal was.
So the story can be described as the following:
“When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max 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 for the fractured family’s home and these horrifying events force them to fight for survival.”
The concept of the Krampus creature and what he represents was something that intrigued me and in turn helped keep my interest in this film alive. I thought this film had some interesting and creative ideas and had some great moments of tension, atmospheric fear, in-your-face horror elements, and in addition to that some of the humour was decent too, but the overall execution wasn’t solid. The film had problems balancing the humour against the horror, the genres didn’t work together as much as they did apart, and the horror aspects were definitely more successful than the humour. Apart from that I liked the history of the Krampus and the theme of hope and faith during Christmas, but some parts were predictable and the ending almost failed were it not for one key moment that changed thing for the better. Part of me wished that the film was scarier, creepier in tone and was pure horror rather than mixed with comedy, but it would have needed someone like Guillermo del Toro to pull it off yo.
The cast was good and did well considering the source material they were working with. Adam Scott and Toni Collette were memorable as Max’s parents, Tom and Sarah. David Koechner was pretty funny and had a lot of memorable scenes as Howard and Conchata Ferrell as Aunt Dorothy had some of the best comic relief in the whole film. Emjay Anthony (who I remembered from Chef) did a good job as Max considering that he was a child actor in a horror film, also Allison Tolman as Linda, Stefania LaVie Owen as Beth and Krista Stadler as Omi did well too. I also liked the designs of some of these crazy underlings of Krampus, the use of practical effects and make-up was interesting and the lighting and use of colour was quite good also, though I wish the Krampus looked a little scarier.
In the end I’m in two minds about this film, on one hand the film had some decent scares, good tension, cool creature designs and moments of horror, but the humour, the reveal of Krampus and a few other elements didn’t come together in the way that I wanted. That being said it I definitely enjoyed a fair amount of the film and would recommend it.
So have you seen Krampus and if so what did you think of it? Leave you thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the review, laters! 😀