Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.
Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
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.
The Krampus's final design was distilled from various postcards and illustrations of the creature over the years. See more »
While out searching for Beth, Tom helps out Howard by shooting the thing that attacks Howard 3 times with his sixshooter. Back in the house, Tom asks Howard about ammo. All Howard has left are shotgun shells. Later on, Tom uses the sixshooter again and fires 6 times. As there was no additional ammo left for this gun, he could have only fired 3 more times. See more »
Although it's still a satisfying Christmas horror film from Michael Dougherty, Krampus is a bit disappointing.
Krampus follow Max, who after his dysfunctional family squabbling causes him to lose his festive spirit, accidentally unleashes the wrath of the fearsome demon, Krampus. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, Max and his family must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate.
After all the B-movie treatment that this German folklore has gotten, he has finally got the treatment he deserves with Trick 'r' Treat writer and director, Michael Dougherty, a man who knows how to treat horror with good care. Even though I found this film a bit disappointing, it's still a fine treat that's still worth a viewing.
Michael really did handle this film with really great care even though it did have some downsides to it. The performances were pretty top notch by everyone, a truly great cast that really kept this film in motion. Even though the humor throughout the film was although funny, it was somewhat of a hit or miss but don't get me wrong, there were plenty of chuckle worthy moments.
The practical effects for the film I will say were most certainly a breathe of fresh air, from all the CGI we are getting now a days from most horror films, this one really hit the nail on the head with that aspect. Although I didn't find this film all that terrifying, all the creatures and Krampus looked rather creepy.
The film did have a pretty slow start which made things a bit too tiresome and for the films tone, I would say that it kept on repeating itself throughout which made some scenes drag on longer than they needed too. For a film about Krampus, I really felt like nothing really relied on him, all the other creatures were really the ones that really were relied on to bring in the scares. Also, I saw the ending coming from a mile away which is pretty sad to say.
All In all, Krampus is still a fun Christmas treat that is worth to be savored on even though it was pretty disappointing from my POV. It was surely a fun throwback to 80's & 90's horror films like Gremlins and even though it isn't all that on par with Trick 'r' Treat, Dougherty still did a satisfying job.
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