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 ... 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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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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Trivia

Many of Krampus' minions are also real Christmas/winter folk figures in European cultures, such as the Yule Goat (Scandanavia). The creatures with Icelandic names (Stekkjarstaur, etc.) are named after the Icelandic Yule Lads who are said to visit homes each of the thirteen nights before Christmas. See more »

Goofs

Max opens the last door on a very old and traditional looking advent calendar that appears to be a family heirloom. However the final door reads the number 25, while Austrian advent calendars traditionally only have 24 doors, as the main Christmas celebration is Christmas Eve. No Austrian advent calendar would have 25 doors. See more »

Quotes

Omi: Please, listen...
Aunt Dorothy: English. I knew it.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
Traditional tune, lyrics by Robert Burns
[Incorrectly credited as written by Robert Burns]
Arranged and performed by Jon Kull
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A Very Good throwback to 80s horror.
7 December 2015 | by jonathanmark-77048See all my reviews

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

This was a fun movie to watch, the kind of film I've been wanting to see done with much love and respect to the fans of the genre. Each of the cast does a good job portraying their characters even if the characters are not the friendliest people in the world. The practical effects are terrific and are a huge relief from all the CGI these days. Even though I don't hate CGI, a lot of filmmakers tend to overuse it these days. This film only used CGI when necessary which is something that most filmmakers should learn.

I only have 2 problems hence why I gave this an 8 and that is the ending is kind of weak and not every joke worked for me, but that's it. This film is a really good throwback to the 80s with a really good cast, script, story and great practical effects. Please go see this, these type of films need to be made nowadays, not reboots of movies and TV shows.


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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

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2.39 : 1
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