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Krampus (2015)

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A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home.


Michael Dougherty
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emjay Anthony ... Max
Adam Scott ... Tom
Toni Collette ... Sarah
Stefania LaVie Owen ... Beth
Krista Stadler ... Omi
Conchata Ferrell ... Aunt Dorothy
Allison Tolman ... Linda
David Koechner ... Howard
Maverick Flack Maverick Flack ... Howie, Jr
Queenie Samuel Queenie Samuel ... Jordan
Lolo Owen Lolo Owen ... Stevie
Sage Hunefeld Sage Hunefeld ... Baby Chrissy
Leith Towers ... Derek
Curtis Vowell Curtis Vowell ... DHL Man
Luke Hawker ... Krampus


When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) 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 as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family's home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of horror violence/terror, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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English | German

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cloven See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,293,325, 6 December 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,592,530, 10 January 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,788,393, 31 December 2015
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Dougherty described the film as a darker version of a Christmas family film: "Christmas movies exist in their own little snow globe, where a clashing family, no matter how sick of each other, always manages to overcome their differences and live happily ever after. But what if the family's issues escalated, and then they sort of allow Krampus to seep into their reality?" See more »


Max's obnoxious relatives arrive in a huge Hummer that shakes the whole house, but a slightly later scene shows no vehicles parked outside or in the road. See more »


Aunt Dorothy: I'm old enough to know when life is coming at me with its pants down.
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Crazy Credits

A vast number of photos and Christmas cards can be seen together with the end credits. See more »


Features A Christmas Carol (1951) See more »


Krampus Karol of the Bells
Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (uncredited) and lyrics by Peter Wilhousky (as Peter J. Wilhousky)
Arranged/Lyrics by Douglas Pipes
Performed by Brea Olinda High School Singers
Conducted by Dave Willert
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User Reviews

And all through the house, a whole damn bunch of creatures were stirring.
1 December 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"Krampus", based on actual folklore in Germany and Austria, may not be without faults, but damn if it isn't a reasonably impressive new addition to the canon of Yuletide genre movies. It starts out as an obnoxious domestic comedy, as one family welcomes their grating relatives in for the holidays. Young Max, played by the very appealing Emjay Anthony, is so distraught by the friction between his kin that he destroys his letter to Santa and turns his back on the Christmas season. Big mistake: an imposing demon named Krampus makes it his mission to punish - make that SEVERELY punish - all those who lose their hopes and beliefs. Soon, horrible weather conditions presage an escalating series of terrors for Max and company.

Co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty, who also gave us a modern Halloween favorite in the form of "Trick r Treat", this is surprisingly engaging entertainment. However, it's not so much a horror comedy, as it is a full-blown horror movie with some moments of levity. Despite the PG-13 rating, it's not for the youngest members of your own family due to some incredible intensity. It does take on the tones of a nightmare. It's not always believable - if you heard the disembodied voice of a loved one who'd gone missing, you'd sure as Hell want to investigate - but this viewer regards this sort of thing as mostly pure fantasy, anyway.

It does have its pleasures, such as a rich variety of "monsters", which are huge, hideous abominations of familiar toys and goodies. (This viewers' personal favorite was the anaconda sized Jack in the box.) There is some very potent atmosphere and quite a bit of macabre imagery filling up the 2.35:1 frame.

How one responds to the protagonists will most likely affect how they respond to the film. Yours truly wouldn't have minded seeing everybody get theirs. Still, the actors give it 100%: Adam Scott and Toni Collette as Maxs' parents, David Koechner as the gun loving uncle, Conchata Ferrell as the grumpy great aunt, and Krista Stadler as the wise grandmother who knows the score, right from the start.

A solid diversion overall, with some groan inducing dialogue and moments but quite a bit of energy & pizazz and a twisted nature.

Seven out of 10.

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