Andrew McAnaney

Review: Krampus

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town....Well Sort Of

Director: Michael Dougherty. Cast: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell. Running Time: 98 Minutes. Genre: Horror Comedy. Rating: 15

Krampus Revolves around Tom (Adam Scott), his wife Sarah (Toni Collette) and their two children Beth (Stefania LaVie Owen) and Max (Newcomer Emjay Anthony) and Tom’s German Mother only known affectionately as Omi (Krista Sadler) as they have to spend Christmas at their house with Sarah’s sister Linda (Allison Tolman), her hunting and sports loving husband Howard (David Koechner) their twin daughters Stevie (Lolo Owen, Younger sister to Stefania) and Jordan (Queenie Samuel) only son Howie Jr (Maverick Flack) and their baby daughter, along for the ride is Linda’s and Sarah’s outspoken aunt Dorothy (Conchata Ferrell). This Christmas gathering also brings up a lot of family tensions that comes to ahead when Stevie steals and reads aloud a letter that Max writes to Santa out loud around the dinner table resulting in a fight between the two, which leads to Max screaming that he hates his family as he runs to his room ripping up the letter and tossing it out of his window, which causes Max to unintentionally cause a city-wide blizzard and the summoning of Santa’s evil counterpart Krampus and his helpers who cause Destruction, death and a fight of survival (Typical Family Gatherings)

The Movie which is billed as a horror comedy falls short of any genuine scares or real laugh out jokes, does bring what I feel is actually heart-warming Christmas film about family, that also boosts some tense moments and so genuine sweet moments practically involving Omi and Max as I feel that their relationship is the emotional core of the film and has the biggest impact. The cast here also give pretty solid performances with only Howie Jr and Jordan making little to no impact on me at all, which is an issues when they are faced with genuine horrors and I didn’t really care about what happens to them which is a shame.

Overall with the lack of scares and jokes, I still feel Krampus is a great film with some great performances, amazing special and practical effects used on Krampus and his helpers with some questionable CGI used on so homicidal gingerbread men. What makes Krampus stand out to me is its message that while wrapped around a story of survival it’s about family and that no matter how annoying they can be, they are your family and brings home this modified saying that families aren’t just around for Christmas they are there for the rest of the year too.

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