The holiday season has been over for almost two months already, but we’re going to ignore that like good little girls and boys and focus on my review for this awesome Christmas movie. Krampus is the story of a boy named Max, who no longer believes in Santa Claus and has lost faith in the Christmas season as a result of dealing with his dysfunctional family’s constant bickering. Unbeknownst to Max, his lack of Christmas spirit has brought upon his family the wrath of Krampus, an ancient creature of evil whose purpose is to punish those who dare to turn their backs on their belief in the holiday. Max’s parents, aunts, uncle, and cousins must put their differences aside and unite to protect each other in order to ensure Krampus does not complete his macabre mission. The story is based on an old German and Austrian folklore. I had never heard of the tale of Krampus, but the idea of a Christmas-themed horror/comedy flick intrigued me, especially since there haven’t been any noteworthy Christmas or horror movies in a long time. The film borrows some plot themes from Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, but it is a hell of a lot more violent and disturbing.
Despite the plethora of action-type violence, there was surprisingly not a great deal of graphic violence, especially for a horror movie. However, gratuitous guts and gore actually would not have been appropriate to be displayed in this film, especially considering what the folklore of Krampus entails. This is a rare occasion when I feel that moviegoers complaining about a PG-13 rating is unjustified. The film perfectly blends horror and comedy, and it contains the type of humor that is meant for older kids, and not just for adults. There were plenty of disturbing images and WTF scenes, which would have caused excessive blood to be unnecessary. Krampus himself was pretty fucking creepy looking, especially due to the fact that he was wearing a mask that resembled Santa’s face. It was a little too realistic, almost like he pulled a Leatherface and skinned old Kris Kringle.
Newcomer Emjay Anthony, who played Max, was great and showed he has promising talent, unlike so many other child actors who are worthless and annoying as hell. Max’s mother Sarah is played by Toni Collette, an actress I’ve admired since her Academy Award-nominated role in The Sixth Sense. She had starred in another horror movie, the underrated 2011 remake of Fright Night, so she fit in this flick just fine. I’ve never seen Adam Scott, who took on the role of Max’s dad Tom, in anything other than a straight-up comedy, but he had the action hero thing going great. Conchata Farrell was perfectly cast as Aunt Dorothy. She basically played the same character as her signature role of Berta on Two and a Half Men. She brought along the perfect amount of comic relief. Another fun character was Toni Collette’s brother-in-law Howard, played by comedian David Koechner, who was like a caricature of a typical hick Republican.
Pick it up on DVD or Blu-Ray this Tuesday, February 23rd. Or you could wait until this holiday season to check it out. Either way, make sure you give this fun film a viewing and don’t be a little bitch this year, or you could get a terrifying visit from Krampus come Christmastime!