So. Last night I went to go and see this years new attempt at a Christmas film…Krampus. I went to see this with my friend Liam and if you didn’t know Krampus it’s kind of like Gremlins in the sense that it’s a Comedy/Horror film, both of us are wimps and were expecting to be scared shitless by jump scares.
Now, it’s not as if this film didn’t have jump scares. There were a couple at the start that got me as I was still unsure if this was a proper Horror film or not, so just the thought was getting me. But, i did like this film.
Whatever you do, don’t go to this film expecting a ‘film of the year’. It’s not. But what it is, is good entertainment.
The film stars Adam Scott as Tom, a suburban Dad trying to make a nice Christmas for his family even though his wife’s aggressive and bullish sister, husband and kids are over for the holidays. The main plot of this film focuses on the youngest boy in the family Max, played by Emjay Anthony, who gets angry at his family for ‘ruining’ Christmas and so he rips up his letter to santa, throws it out the window and BOOM, Krampus is like ‘yeah mate, i’ll help ya out’. By ‘help ya out’ it means everyone you love is gunna die.
I won’t spoil the ending of the film but Krampus arrives and causes the whole street a whole lot of trouble from 3 walking talking gingerbread men, to greepy jack in the box clown swallowing a child to creepy elves that help Krampus.
Even though the film is good entertainment, it does seem a bit over the top at some points and some of the plot points and character developments seem rushed and flimsy, but hey, what do you expect from a film about a demon Santa?
The film also uses a lot of practical effects which really helps you get invested in the film, all of the monsters in the film are created by the use of practical effects (bar the Gingerbread men) which you can really see, and its a refreshing take to see a film so lack of CGI.
The film mixes in some typical Horror conventions (long shots, eerie silences, creepy music, dramatic tension) but also uses a lot of Comedy conventions (slapstick comedy, stupid gingerbread men, even comedy actors). And the mix of these two genres makes for a great Horror/Comedy film for the holidays that we haven’t seen since Gremlins came out in 1984.
If you want to see anything (other than Star Wars, more on that later) this Christmas, i suggest you go to see Krampus, good fun, probably not for the whole family tho.
Krampus: 3.5/5 Stars