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.
95% of this movie was shot on a soundstage. See more »
After Max talks with his dad after dinner, he is shown reading his letter to Santa. The close up shows he is reading the front page, but when the camera angle changes to over his shoulder he is reading the other side. The angle switches back and he is again reading from the front page. See more »
You're not thinking of going after that snowplow alone, are you?
Shepherd's gotta protect his flock.
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The Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures logos are covered in ice and have snow falling over them. See more »
Going into this movie I expected it to be a horror comedy with more comedy than horror. I was wrong.
Like many horror films this film starts out light and then becomes continually darker. The start is a great parody of modern day Christmas and rather funny. The movie gets darker fast and the middle produces a great mixture of light comedy and dark horror. The last third is surprisingly dark. The end you'll either hate or love.
Horror fans will be glad they have a movie to watch every holiday season. Those seeking more comedy will be disappointed but not by much.
The cast is excellent and the performances by Scott and Koechner stand out. Ferrell and Tolman provide great side characters. The rest of the cast provide good performances with none making me wish there was another in their place. Characters are well written and the development is one of the best in a horror film. Characters are supposed to mimic family and much like many Christmas stories the family is more likable as it progresses.
The plot is decent. A warning to commercialism like most Christmas movies and specials these days except much darker. The horror in the film plays like a home invasion. There are pure comedic moments that don't ruin the tone of the movie. There are pure horror moments that sets the tone. There are only a few horror/comedy mix moments allowing a dark tone for the movie without being too outlandish.
The only problems I had was with the lack of subtitles and need for Max/Tom to translate for the German grandma and the ending will give you mixed feelings.
Come for horror and stay because Krampus leaves you with a nice present under the tree.
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