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Krampus (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 4 December 2015 (USA)
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A boy who has a bad Christmas accidentally summons a festive demon to his family home.

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Michael Dougherty
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Cast

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 ... DHL Man
Luke Hawker ... Krampus
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Storyline

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) gets disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Meanwhile, this lack of festive spirit unleashes 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 one another if they hope to survive.

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Will you survive this Christmas? See more »


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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cloven See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,293,325, 6 December 2015

Gross USA:

$42,725,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,548,707
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Krampus is a huge part of Austrian and German folklore. In Austria and southern Germany, they have "Krampus Runs" where grown-up men dress up as Krampuses and parade through the city streets and scare children. See more »

Goofs

When they are trying to get to the snow plow Tom brings the shotgun with them. When that "snow monster" is chasing them he fires 13 shots at it. However a pump action shotgun with a full length magazine tube holds a maximum of nine rounds, eight in the magazine and one in the chamber. See more »

Quotes

Jordan: We know you still believe in the big fat creeper!
Max: I don't know what you're talking about!
Stevie: [pulls up Max's letter to Santa] Are you sure about that?
Beth Engel: [Max tries to get his letter back; Beth stops him] Stop!
Stevie: [reading] "Dear Santa, I know I haven't been great this year and I'm sorry for that, but I was really hoping you can help out me and my family this Christmas. We need you!" Oh, Maxi Pad. That is so s...
Beth Engel: [stops him from getting his letter back] Stop, Max!
Stevie: Blah blah blah. Bullshit, bullshit. Ah, ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits feature a Christmas song, "Carol of the Bells", which is twisted to mention the Krampus and warn of his coming. See more »

Connections

References A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

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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'Twas the night Krampus entered my life and surprised me tonight!
6 December 2015 | by TheCinematicMindSee all my reviews

The Cinematic Mind reviews Krampus (Dougherty, USA, 2015) ****/*****

A few days before Christmas, we meet a dysfunctional family who are not getting on very well. A young boy (Emjay Anthony) loses the hope and spirit of Christmas because the holidays aren't the same as they used to be with his family and proceeds to destroys a letter he wrote to Santa Claus triggering the release of a massive blizzard and the summoning of the titular Christmas folklore demon who strikes against the family and it isn't alone.

From 2007's Trick 'r Treat director and screenwriter Michael Dougherty, this is the second holiday themed horror film he has done. This sub- genre is known as the X-MAS Horror! For me, they are very mixed-bag for me! My favourite would easily be Black Christmas (1974) in my life as one of cinema's most underrated slashers of the 1970's with one of the most bone chilling endings in a horror film and Gremlins, enough said. Others include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Christmas Evil and Silent Night Deadly Night (I consider it a little overrated). The potential is huge but also can be a task to handle. However, this is movie besides Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale are the greatest modern X-MAS horror films of recent times considering I was making fun of the title alone and thought it would be TV movie quality. The results altered once the film began.

The setup is a brilliant throwback to the stereotypical mean-spirited family from Christmas Vacation and Home Alone and a great satire on consumerism taking over the holidays with a riot at a Shopping Mall with "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" by Bing Crosby in the background. Ahh! The lost of being vintage and nostalgic. I call glorious irony.

The acting is surprisingly strong. Adam Scott as the classic overworking father, Toni Collette as the anguish wife and David Koechner as the overbearing mean spirited uncle who provide great conflict in a dysfunctional nightmare at each other. Even the child performances not once cringe me at all! Once the characters start to realise what the following events are taking place and coming to learn lessons about the actual meaning of Christmas, I quote I dropped in awe. A celebration gift to all the memorable horror films and Christmas horror films of the 80's/90's.

From Gremlins, The Evil Dead to Poltergeist, Nightmare Before Christmas and one of my favourite scenes, a homage to Rankin/Bass with a back-story of Krampus presented in animation. The comedy is hilariously quotable. Mainly from the cynical drunk great aunt played by Conchata Ferrell. However, it never ruins the thrills of the suspense and creativity of the creatures the film thrown at us. For my universal acclaim, the production design, the music score by composer Douglas Pipes and the practical effects of Krampus and the minions brings to life the dark corners of Christmas in a way I wanted to experience. From the vintage jingles to the chilling suspense pieces. This is an example of me wanting to check out the art of Krampus and resulting in myself in collapsing all over the designs. They took the budget of $15 million and the crew carry out this stimulating picture given on what they had on their shoulders.

However, why do I did prefer Trick 'r Treat still more? Simple! The execution wasn't fully there. Krampus felt underused at times! When Krampus is in it, my mind is blown away in excitement, I wanted to discover the hellish nightmare of Krampus. There might had been a little too much of the minion/toys more than Krampus. There needed to be more set pieces with the character without this disjointed middle. Also, the ending nearly irritated me as it nearly involved one of my most hated cliques in horror history until the rest of the ending happened, it at least never destroyed the ending with the message of the film and what it turns out to be. I wanted a little more than that because I felt it could had a longer runtime. It breathe a sequel that could happen.

Still, I'll consider this during a time where most expensive Horror films are underwhelming unintentional comedies with ugly third rate CGI, Dougherty and his crew decided to continue the practical dream to us Horror fans and brought us a dark and fun early Christmas gift! In conclusion, 'Twas the night Krampus entered my life and surprised me tonight! Merry Christmas and let's hope the force would awake and rise. Tell me what you think of my review.


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