Synopsis: Little kid stops believing in Santa Claus. Naturally that summons the demon Krampus to come kidnap and kill.
Tagline: You don’t want to be on his list.
Release Date: 2015-12-4 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 3
It wasn’t worth the money for the movie tickets. (Had I seen it at a 2nd run theatre and only paid 1.50 a ticket, it’d be a different story.) Krampus had 3 major problems.
- Just because you have known comedy actors (such as Adam Scott and Toni Collette) in the movie, that does not mean you automatically have a fantastic movie on your hands. Some actual work needs to be put into making the funnies happen, please, other the predictable Christmas chuckles like evil gingerbread men.
- Comedy-Horror is a hard line to walk. You need to perform a delicate balancing act to make it work. Otherwise you have a horror with some comedy bits in it that just fall flat, or a comedy with some attempted horror bits in it that just don’t work. Krampus falls on the lines of comedy with attempted horror bits.
- The ending was over-inflated. It had a perfectly good ending that, had it stopped there, may have left me with a better overall impression of the movie, but no. They had to do the fade to white, and tack on different ending. Twist or no, it weakened an already weak movie to an unacceptable point.
I honestly did laugh two or three times during the movie. There was this one scene where toys attack that had me laughing, even as I had my ears plugged (because holy crap, could the theatre have turned the volume up ANY louder?), one involving the aforementioned Gingerbread men, and..uhm, actually I think those were the only two times I laughed. I think maybe two of the jump scares worked, too.
Some of the ‘demon’ designs were unique and, had the movie had a slightly different spin, could have been properly scary.
The Omi (Krista Stadler) was awesome. She carried the eerie/almost-scary parts of the movie on her very capable shoulders. One look from her was worth a good chunk of dialogue from any of the other characters. She and Toni Collette did the best job on the set.
Krampus wasn’t necessarily bad. It just wasn’t good. Its one of those that lots of people will probably watch at some point, then promptly forget about. Click here to buy Krampus now on Amazon.