Well Synchronized, Meaningful Talent (by hyperGermangirl)
Toni Collette as Sarah, the mother of the house, is what made the film so deep. She is very expressive and caring.Stefania LaVie Owen as Beth was the icon/model for the appeal aspect of the film.The other kids did well in their parts but seemed nervous about how disagreeable it was.The adults were very funny. The German grandma was very sweet, in my opinion.I most liked this film for the storybook/dramatic quality. Toni Collette built her character as Sarah very well. I liked when she was ready to face the monster cuz she's such an interesting character, in my opinion. It brought out her <more>
true side. She's a very caring mother and as a person very stern. When it was time for the adults to face the monsters, she looked like she knew what she was doing. She seemed fierce, sure, and even emotional in that way. She was bringing a weapon with her, and they all went to get the monsters. It made her come across as, like, a hidden hero in a strong truth. "A moment of truth." The climax of the film. There was building tension in danger.
You Better Watch Out Because This Year, Krampus is Coming to Town!!! (by Pumpkin_Man)
This was a very fun Christmas horror comedy. They didn't take themselves too seriously and had fun with it. It's very reminiscent of the cheesy horror movies from the 80's and 90's. In a way, this movie comes close to 'Gremlins' This review will contain some spoilers. I loved the opening scene. It gives you a feel of Black Friday and how crazy some people actually get. The beginning really felt like Christmas like the family banter, the decorations, and making Christmas cookies while watching a Christmas movie. Our main character is a young boy named Max who wants <more>
Christmas to be like it was in the old days. He gets aggravated when his mom's side of the family come and one of the kids reads aloud the letter he wrote to Santa. He becomes angry and tears the letter into pieces, which causes the Krampus to soon show up and spread some holiday fear. The Krampus was very cool and creepy looking. They don't show him too often, but they make up for it with his demonic toys, sadistic elves, and adorably possessed gingerbread men. It's up to Max to stop Krampus and save Christmas. If you love Christmas and horror comedies, I highly recommend KRAMPUS!!!
In German myth, Krampus is a horned, non-human entity who is Santa Claus's opposite in every conceivable way. He punishes naughty children and leaves nice children alone. The Engel family is a German-American family that consists of Tom Adam Scott , Sarah Toni Collette , young son Max Emjay Anthony teen daughter Beth Stefania LaVie Owen , and Omi German for Grandma-Krista Stadler . This family is getting ready for Christmas and the dreaded holiday visit from Sarah's sister, Linda Allison Tolman , BIL Howard, David Koechner , twin daughters Stevie Lolo Owen and Jordan <more>
Queenie Samuel , son Howard, Jr. aka Howie Maverick Flack and baby daughter, Crissy. Every visit with the in-laws is hell on earth for this poor family. Howard is a white-trash gun nut who is raising his 2 daughters to be tomboys and his son to be a pro football player. This year, they bring along hyper critical Aunt Dorothy Conchata Ferrell . The trouble starts when Max's cousins find out he still believes in Santa Claus and Stevie snatches the boy's letter to Santa from him and reads it out loud to the whole family. Max tries and succeeds in getting the letter back after wrestling the twins for it. He says he hates Christmas, he hates them, and he wants Christmas to be like how it used to be. Max runs up to his room and Tom tries to console him. This doesn't go over well. Max rips up the letter to Santa Claus and tosses it out the window. Suddenly, a blizzard blows through the neighborhood and the power goes out. After this you are left with 12 family members who are at each others' throats and the Krampus and his minions come to punish them for being naughty. Omi stops speaking German in order to tell her family in English what the Krampus is and shows them the bauble the creature left her when she was a little girl who stopped believing in Santa Claus and wanted her parents to vanish. Krampus doesn't give, instead he grabs the naughty and drags them to his underworld. This was an exciting, scary movie that teaches a good lesson to have faith in Santa Claus and Christmas or otherwise Krampus and his minions will come with punishment in mind. All the actors were great, especially Adam Scott as the kind father, Toni Collette as the mother who wants to have a nice Christmas for her kids, David Koechner as the boorish uncle, Allison Tolman as the aunt who doesn't control her kids, and Conchetta Ferrell as the very critical, scathing Aunt Dorothy! Special mention is given to the younger actors especially Emjay Anthony as the young boy who still believes in Santa Claus and wants his family to get along desperately.The Krampus was quite real and quite scary and so were his minions. No wonder the song says for all to "be good for goodness' sake"! I recommend this movie as a Christmas horror movie that teaches the viewer to be a nice person and not just on Christmas!
Autistic Reviewers opinion on this movie. (by autisticreviewers)
Wow! Now this is a Horror cult classic! I haven't seen a movie like this in years! It was certainly a great surprise! While people compare this movie to Gremlins I guarantee you it is nothing like Gremlins. This movie is its own movie! The acting was top notch, even when there were elements of cheesiness that occurred they all managed to keep it great! The director also did "Trick Or Treat" which is another Halloween cult classic. But Krampus surpasses "Trick Or Treat" by a long shot. The story was good, and it keeps you really glued to the screen wandering what will <more>
happen next. There are also many scenes that are hilarious. Most of the humour came from Aunt Dorothy. Many people online will complain that the characters/actors were too unbelievable and so unlikeable. This is the whole point of the movie. This is a story of a broken with family with no love, no respect and no desire to love Christmas. And then Krampus comes to town! The Practical Effects were used so well. I like the fact there was no CGI used for this movie with the exception of the Ginger Bread Men . It's kept old school, and it never fails to amaze us. Without spoiling anything...the story does start out quite slow. But as soon as the blizzard hits...you know you're in for the roller-coaster ride. Kramous's minions are awesome and scary, to say the least! When Krampus's appears his face will give you nightmares! The ending was very original and very unexpected. I really hope this becomes a movie like Home Alone that comes on TV every year for all of us to appreciate the spirit of Christmas! All in all, it is a cult classic and it was quite a surprise on how good it was. Had no idea this would be a movie I would love so much. Really highly recommended! 4.5/5 stars. -Autistic Jay
Remarkably well done, & remarkably maligned (by bobtheskull-88240)
You know that sense of duty you feel sometimes when watching patriotic movies? You know, the old, "somebody's got to stand up for what's right" kind of shtick that sappy, emotional dramas love to smack audiences with so that they can be nominated for awards while being carried on a tide of tears and guilt? That's more or less how I feel about this review on Krampus, but in this case it's because I'm quite fed up with reading professional reviews of the film. I don't think any of the critics that I stumbled across had more than one or two kind words for <more>
Krampus, and that seems like a disservice to me because this film isn't bad -- in fact, it's really good. So this is me trying to set the record straight. If you're looking for a TL;DR sort of line so that you can skip reading the rest of this: "Krampus isn't perfect, but has likable characters, beautiful design, and produces enough tension to baffle an army of massage-therapists. If you aren't bothered with a PG-13 Horror movie, or are willing to wait for the unrated version, strongly consider watching it." For those of you who watched the trailers put out for Krampus, I'm sure that the beginning of film didn't hold much in the way of surprises for you. We're thrust into the story of a young boy named Max who is so disheartened both by the general air of marketing- driven greediness, and by the unpleasant attitudes of his family, that he throws away his own holiday spirit. Since we are talking about a Horror movie, this sort of thing can only ever lead to curses or monsters; and sure enough, Max's ill feelings draw down the ire of Krampus: a Germanic spirit whose job is to punish those who are on the Naughty section of Santa's list. Soon, Max and his family are trapped in their house by a blizzard of epic proportions, all while Krampus and his minions stalk them and pick off family members one by one; and if all of this sounds very familiar to you, then you've probably ridden on the Horror express a time or two. Krampus doesn't set out to make major waves in the genre, and is on very friendly terms with the clichés we've all come to know and love. But it doesn't take an utterly original movie to be good, and Krampus has to be my favorite new Horror movie that I've seen in a long while. For one thing, Krampus' actors are all very good. None of them are people that I recognize off-hand, which is a little unusual for movies nowadays; but every single one of them pulls their weight, and manages to come across as being more than just a walking plot device -- which is excellent. Nothing kills the mood in a movie where people are picked off one-by-one like unreal-seeming characters. Another point in Krampus' favor is that every critter that makes its way onto the screen looks absolutely horrifying in the best possible way. Dougherty did similar things with creature design in Trick 'r Treat, and it really pays off in this movie with evil clowns, elves, dolls, and pretty much anything else you can think of that's vaguely Christmas related. Cinematography is similarly fantastic-looking, and really does its job in establishing a mood. In fact, the more I think about the film, the more I realize that the only negative thing that I have to say is that the ending could have been a little better. Without wishing to spoil anything, there's a part near the end where it would have been absolutely devastating to drop the curtain and simply leave the story, and the film fails to capitalize on this. Still, the ending isn't absolute crap, and considering how good of an impression the rest of the movie left on me, it would have taken an ending on par with a natural disaster to change my opinions. Which leads me somewhat unevenly to my next thought: I don't understand where the negative professional critique on Krampus is coming from. Perhaps the most baffling comments for me and there are a lot of them are the ones that claim that Krampus is comedy, and fails to hit the mark in terms of humor. I might have missed something, what with my jaw resting on the floor while I stared at the terrifying- looking jack-in-the-box, but I really detected little to no comedic vibe from Krampus. There are some scenes which pay a certain amount of homage to movies like Evil Dead, but nothing I saw struck me as being intended in a comical light; in fact, the only reason that I can fathom for people believing that Krampus is partially a comedy is that there were rumors circulating around the Web to that affect. In fact, the more I've read through critics' comments, the more strongly I'm struck by the bizarre feeling that none of them actually paid much attention to the film. Maybe this suspicion is nothing more than my bias showing, but I have difficulty in accepting that a reviewer has actually watched the movie when they try to sell me on the idea that the plot revolves around Liberal vs Conservative stereotypes. Yes, that is an actual example. More than anything else, though, I think that the feeling of disconnect between myself and the reviewers is mostly due to the fact that few of them seem to be looking at the movie from the standpoint of Horror. As has been paraphrased uncounted numbers of times, real Horror is only possible when faced with the unknown and mysterious; and none of the reviewers whose works I've read seem to have had the patience for this. Which is a shame, both because it's harder to review a movie which you don't give a chance to, and because they missed out on what I'd call a very good time.
Just came from seeing the movie. I loved it! Like mixing Jane Austen and zombies, nothing wrong with mixing horror and Christmas! Now that Christmas starts November 1st, we need something to offset the sweetness.The evil gingerbread men were my favorite. Attacking a character with a nail gun and getting set on fire. Gives new meaning to stop, drop and roll.Stunning visual effects, creative evil toys.Don't expect big scares. I think they only made me jump once. Instead, expect to laugh at the portrayal of family life during the holidays.
The next horror cult classic (by thomasrkent)
Honestly Universal should be paying me for the amount of hype i've created for this film among my friends and their friends. I was without a doubt super excited for Krampus for two reasons. Firstly it's a horror film that isn't from Blumhouse, honestly with every horror film these days being "from the producers of Paranormal activity, Insidious and The Purge" I was starting to think Jason Blum made a pact with the devil to produce all mainstream horror films. Secondly this was the kind of film I hadn't seen in ages, something along the lines of Gremlins but more <more>
horror focused was what I've been wanting for a long time. So after seeing Krampus I was not disappointed at all. Was it a horror masterpiece on par with The Exorcist? No it wasn't but thats not at all what I wanted. I wanted a fun imaginative horror film and one that finally does justice to the long overlooked legend of Krampus. The idea of a Christmas horror film is nothing new but all the well known ones Black Christmas, Silent Night Deadly Night are always slasher films with human villains when Christmas had it's own traditional villain with Krampus why has it taken so long to bring him to the big screen?But anyway Krampus is unlike any film i've really seen before it's both lighthearted and funny but also surprisingly horrifying. I mean it when I say there's some nightmare fuel in this film even if i didn't find it that scary It is still in my opinion a legitimate horror. The Visit proved to me that horror and comedy can mix well. When a horror film is 100% serious thats OK as long as it's warranted. When a horror film takes itself too seriously though it can make it a boring watch. A great comparison is A Nightmare On Elm Street from 1984 and it's remake in 2010 the remake was largely panned because it was too serious while dealing with some ridiculous subject matter whereas the original made it into some morbid humour which worked much better. Krampus does the same although it is obviously more of a comedy than Elm Street. Krampus himself looks fantastic being made entirely of practical effects and carries a great presence in may opinion he is a classic horror villain in the making. Of course he isn't alone and is accompanied by demonic toys and wicked elves who's sadistic and playful nature makes for some truly horrifying visuals. Oddly enough though this is still a Christmas movie and does manage to bring me those warm holiday feelings. I think this film in it's own right will hold a special place in my heart as a holiday movie with a wickedly twisted side that I just loved so much. In conclusion Krampus won't win Oscars but I think if you go in wanting to have fun and experience some scares along the way you'll be more than satisfied. Krampus is one hell of a Christmas gift.
I first heard of the story of Krampus from a Christmas episode of American Dad!, and I've been surprised that none of the reviews I watched online for this film mentioned that since it's the one of the only times Krampus is mentioned in pop culture. Perhaps now that this movie is out, we will hear more about him. I sure hope so, because this is the perfect Christmas tale for the kids and families out there. It's a story that we could all benefit from, in fact.The film starts out by showing us the insanity that we all know as Christmas shopping. It's all about how materialism <more>
and family strife can wreak havoc on our emotions during holidays. The problems all trickle down to the children, who should really be enjoying and celebrating the season instead of getting caught up in the stress the adult deal with. So, our main character rips up his letter to Santa, and wishes for all of this to be over with. Krampus, being the evil side of Christmas, grants the wish. The characters are slowly plunged into a horror story. Their Christmas story becomes a story of survival. Will they be able to get along for the sake of surviving Christmas? There were only a few things that I really had a problem with. That's why it gets an 8 instead of a 9 or 10. The first reason comes from the fact that I am a serious horror fan, and felt disappointed at the lack of blood and gore in the film. That reason may keep some genre fans away, but also makes the film more accessible to the kid and family audience, whom the film is really for. The other problem I had with the film was with the editing during the scenes with Krampus' helpers, because it was quite jumpy and made it hard to see everything going on the entire time.Again, this is a good movie. I highly recommend it as one of the best new family Christmas movies. Krampus is exactly what we need to balance out the holiday. This will definitely be remembered as more than just another holiday themed horror movie. It will, hopefully, become a staple for Christmas viewing.
'Twas the night Krampus entered my life and surprised me tonight! (by TheCinematicMind)
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, <more>
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.