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Krampus is gory good fun for fans of non-traditional holiday horror with a fondness for Joe Dante’s B- movie classics, even if it doesn’t have quite the savage bite its concept calls for. Read critic reviews
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Some clever soul might have done something moderately effective with this idea, but Krampus is too dumb to be scary and too listless to be entertaining.
Otherwise, this holiday-season fright flick never leaps far enough outside of its own box; the movie flirts with going full-on monster mash, with really cutting loose, but the mayhem is too little, too late.
The legend of the Krampus, often referred to as the shadow of St. Nicholas, is a fertile one indeed, but this “Krampus” – a missed opportunity for anti-saccharine counter programming – isn’t likely to create many new believers.
Unfortunately, the narrow scope of his story – which is primarily set inside the characters’ abode – makes the film feel akin to a Christmas-themed home invasion thriller minus the surprises.
It’s a pleasantly perverse idea with potential for grisly humor, cultural satire and the kind of murderous fantasies that run through all our heads when relatives overstay their welcome.
It’s passable when it hits its stride, but too black-hearted to feel like any kind of classic.
Dougherty’s movie is best when it’s taking a cynical look at holiday celebrations, while the horror elements seem flat by comparison.
Outside of those nonsubstantive additions, The Naughty Cut is identical to the horror-comedy’s theatrical version, and so remains an easy recommendation.
The set-up and midsection are so wonderfully rich with character and incident that it’s shocking how much the film falls apart once it morphs into a charmless Gremlins rip-off.
[A] hybrid of a horror movie… really creative.
It’s not as mean as it should be but it’s still a fun little slice of family holiday horror.
Krampus is a horror-comedy that doesn’t go far enough into either of its two genres … there’s too much wasted potential to make this a true holiday horror classic.
AUDIENCE REVIEWS FOR KRAMPUS
Dec 25, 2017The film is trying to be a new Gremlins, using the festive season for some horror and the set up works rather nicely with the arrival of the unloved extended family. The tone is then somewhat undecided, too silly for grown-ups and too creepy for kids, especially when it comes to Krampus’ multilpe helper creatures. That’s borderline annoying a few times and would have worked much better with the emphasis on the main antagonist. But even he gets silly once we see underneath his hood often enough. At least the final twist is surprisingly evil.Jens SSUPER REVIEWER
Dec 24, 2017Didnt love or hate this. It was an okay Christmas horror. Dragged out a little long, though it wasnt.Nicki MSUPER REVIEWER
Jan 11, 2017A traditional horror film that uses CGI sparingly and doesn’t take itself too seriously. A delight!Marcus WSUPER REVIEWER
Oct 31, 2016A fun, silly bit of holiday horror. This film could have gone much further in several directions: campier, scarrier, darker. There are not many thrills under the tree, but it has some delightful henchmen lurking among the boughs and holly. The film’s score is notably clever but not enough that you’ll be likely add the soundtrack CD to your Christmas list.Christian CSUPER REVIEWER