2015

Up on the rooftop death takes pause, oh snap, it’s Krampus!

1449360840316The world has been long over due for a fresh holiday horror movie. (As my previous Top 10 list will show). So when Krampus was coming onto the scene this year, I was hopeful and excited.  (I even ended up painting image to right while I waited for the evening showtime.)

How could you not be with a trailer like this?

I’m so glad it didn’t disappoint.

Krampus

Horkrampusror Christmas Movie
Release Date: December 4, 2015
1 Sentence Synopsis:
A young boy struggling with his dysfunctional family during the holiday mayhem makes a wish and accidentally summons a demon.
Director: Michael Dougherty
Writers: Todd Casey, Micael Dougherty, Zach Shields
Cast:
  • Adam Scott as Tom
  • Toni Collette as Sarah
  • Allison Tolman as Linda
  • David Koechner as Howard
  • Krista Stadler as Omi
  • Conchata Ferrell as Aunt Dorothy
  • Stefania Lavie Owen as Beth
  • Emjay Anthony as Max

Overall:

This movie was a well-made one. It is a delicious blend of horror, comedy and jabbing satire at the “normal” American Family. I think that anyone watching this will be entertained and left with a little something to think about.
This movie slaters on the satire of our current consumer-crazed holiday madness and the distance that has started to grown between family members.
I see it in my own family. Certainly not to this extent, but there’s some brilliant truth in the way the first half of this movie makes fun of the American Christmas.
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Surprises:

This movie was full of surprises. They masterfully used sound to make you hold your breath at some moments and jump in the next.
The production design in this movie was spot on. From the family household, to monsters that become more and more numerous through the course of the film- it was a total visual delight.
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Yes, they used CGI, but they used it in conjunction with some really disturbing practical effects and creatures and it ended up feeling very balanced.

Because of the blend of CGI, practical effects, humor, horror, and really lovably believable characters this movie feels like a modern Gremlins.

 

Verdict:

5 out of 5 blood spattered stars. For those who love movies like Gremlins, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. You will laugh, and jump, and adore this movie.
So my preemptive fan art is still ok. lol. Here’s the speed paint video I made of it, although it’s totally based on a different Krampus movie… Eh. there’s my excuse to paint another.

Bonus Krampus Goodnesshistorygoesbump

If you’re like me and would like to know more about where the legend of Krampus came from, you should give this episode of History Goes Bump a listen:

Ep. 87 – The Legend of Krampus

Happy Krampus!! 😉

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3 replies »

  1. Interesting. My partner and I saw the movie, and were thoroughly unimpressed with it. It felt like they too often wavered on either side of the horror-comedy line, and that the ending was too inflated. Have you seen A Christmas Horror Story? Now that’s good Krampus stuff!

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    • I haven’t seen A Christmas Horror Story, but I’ll definitely check it out. I can see where you would have disliked the ending, but for me, it was exactly what I was hoping for. And kind satisfied my desire for it all to be tied together with a big tacky bow on top. I’ll definitely check out the movie you recommended.

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