Krampus

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6.21 h 38 min2015X-RayPG-13
When young Max turns his back on Christmas, his lack of festive spirit unleashes the wrath of Krampus, a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.
Directors
Michael Dougherty
Starring
Adam ScottToni ColletteDavid Koechner
Genres
HorrorDramaFantasyComedy
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Allison TolmanConchata FerrellEmjay AnthonyStefania LaVie OwenKrista Stadler
Producers
Thomas TullJon JashniAlex GarciaMichael Dougherty
Studio
Universal Pictures
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Foul language
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4.5 out of 5 stars

21181 global ratings

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IthacaRedReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not about Krampus, shouldn't have been called Krampus
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'Krampus' has nothing to do with actual Krampus. Krampusnacht is December 5 in Germany and Austria. Krampus does not come on Christmas, that's St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas also doesn't look like Santa Claus, which is an American Christmas tradition. St. Nicholas looks more like a bishop with a long straight white beard and he carries a shepherd's crook. Krampus also doesn't dress like Santa and doesn't have any minions. Krampus beats wicked children with a bundle of sticks and puts them in a basket that he wears on his back and takes them to hell. The American equivalent is coal in the stocking of bad kids. This movie is total cultural appropriation and doesn't improve upon the real Krampus holiday tradition. So typical of American Hollywood movie-making to do this. This movie was absurd, poorly written, obviously not at all researched, and very boring. The only thing that was good about it was the technical side. It was well filmed and edited, had great lighting and sound, the animation portion was well done and creative, the costumes and set design were also very good. The adult cast was good but the script was so terrible that they weren't able to do as well as we've seen these folks do in other parts. The main kid, Max, was awful and not believable as a real child.
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Ken FontenotReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
You'll Squirm And Laugh At The Same Time!
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I purchased Krampus knowing nothing of real substance about the film. I was aware of the legend of the "real" Krampus and knew that this film was a comedy/horror, but that's pretty much it. My son was insistent that we get this film because he wanted to prove to me that he could watch a scary film and, like a big boy, go on about his day-to-day life without be afraid.

Well, the film is very good. It's enjoyable enough that I'll add it to my regular rotation of Christmas AND Halloween films, but it seems to have a little trouble deciding whether or not it wants to be truly scary or truly funny.

It starts out like a standard Christmas family comedy: Disliked relatives are coming over for their annual holiday visit. As soon as they arrive they cause chaos. There's an uneasy truce amongst the family until one of the host family youngster's wish list to Santa is read out loud at the dinner table and he gets into a fight with his cousins over it.

This standard set up is funny. Adam Scott and David Koechner carry the first half of the film, taking their respective dry and loud styles of humor to very enjoyable levels. After the young boy (Emjay Anthony) tears up his list and tosses out into the wind, declaring his hatred for Christmas all the while, the film takes a decidedly darker and spookier turn.

The first family victim, despite being a standard know-it-all teen character, is innocent enough, but the fact that this character is attacked first sets the tone for the rest of the film. Essentially, it lets the audience know that NO ONE is safe in the film, and Krampus and his minions continue to terrorize and carry off victim after victim until the climax of the film.

While the humor is still present in the second half of the film (primarily through the actions of Conchata Ferrell), it takes quite a few steps back from the horror aspects of the movie. Writers Todd Casey, Michael Dougherty (who also directed), and Zach Shields take innocent standards from Christmas films (think teddy bears, jack-in-the-boxes, cherubs, etc.) and turn them into devices of terror. Depending on your own perspective of these things, you'll either laugh (which I do believe is the point to a degree) or be scared. I laughed, a lot, but Dougherty amped up the horror just enough to make these silly-looking creatures genuinely creepy, and I believe that most younger audiences members will take away from these monsters.

When Krampus makes his final move against the family, one member takes a stand against him. I won't tell you what happens, but it's a pretty decent ending to the film. I do, however, highly recommend the slightly different alternate ending that makes the film better in my mind.

Overall the film is very enjoyable. The cast is excellent and the scares are solid. My wife cringed throughout one entire sequence that involved a cherub. The film is also very funny. I do sort of wish that the film would have taken a more solid route in either the comedic or horrifying direction, but I can understand why they tried to find a happy medium.

You better be good for goodness' sake!
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Kathryn LippincottReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Christmas Classic! Annual Party.
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Along with watching "Die Hard" it's not really the holiday season for me unless I watch this at night, by firelight, with some spiced cider, mulled wine, shots of rumchata, etc with all the assorted loved ones among my family & friends who are old enough. PG-13. The 10 year old in our family loved it, nope nope and hell nope for the 5, 6, and 7 year olds. I began a Krampus party and now its a tradition. I ask friends and fam to bring some holiday cookies and ANYTHING German is cool. Last year we did have to put a "little" to bed first but it was alright. If you've never seen before, have a party. YOU'RE WELCOME!!!!! P.S. you get bonus points if it's snowing/snow outside or if you have an Aunt Dorothy or Howard in your family. LOL
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Andrea R. GreenwoodReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Solid
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Not completely accurate to folklore but as long as you're not super pedantic you should be able to enjoy it. Could have been better (especially if it had gotten an R rating so it could show actual gore) but was ultimately a fun slasher film with yuletide trappings. If you're a horror fan who can't stand how saccharine most Christmas movies are but need something that's creepy while still technically being a Christmas movie to watch with your family, you can put this in your kit alongside Gremlins.
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WarriorPoetReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A New “Christmas” Classic - Heheheh
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Still feeling stuck somewhere between Halloween creepiness and Christmas cheer? Well then here’s a dark version of “A Christmas Story” to yule tide you over ;)
I could argue that one weakness is that the film straddles the fence between being light-heartedly creepyfunny, and being slasher horrific, without committing enough to one or the other. That said, buckets of blood and gore would be too much for a Krampus mythology which is based solely on punishing bad children - so the balance, I feel, is acceptable.
Nice cinematography. Solid acting. Good practical effects/costumes. I’ll be enjoying this film every Krampusfest night for years to come.
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Stephanie NelsonReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wot?!?!?!? Updated
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I am sorry but what the actual fudger did I just watch? Why does this have almost have 5 stars? Like who, what, where, when, and WHYYYYYYY? This story line made absolutely zero sense. So... I will summarize for you so you never, ever have to experience what I just experienced. I will never get my time back that I wasted on this movie. Moral of the story: let your family be mother fudgers and then you will be punished and have to watch all your family slowly and painfully die... (EVEN THE DOG and the baby) and then you wake up in a snowglobe and what is life now? Again LIKE HUH?!?!?!? WHAT???? KRAMPUS IRL IS SUPER TIGHT BRUV! Was there a German anywhere in the writing and producing process?!? If you have an hour and a half to watch this switch and only be left with a stupid ass laugh at the end and then question what you just watched and what was the purpose. You may be scarred for life... was it even about Christmas...? SEND HELP! Krampus loves knick-knacks.... I would prefer Dwight Shrute any day!!! BELSHNICKLE FOR THE WIN!

Update 12/23/2021: Hello... it's me again... so starts our annual tradition. Like a gingerbread cookie on a hook we couldn't resist. Now thoughts after watching it the second time... Krissy stole the show... best baby! The best part of the movie is when literally everyone is dying and Adam Scott says "Oh Great!!". My hopes is that I wake up tomorrow and find that I did not actually watch this film... again. Much like last year, this film gets you at the end! Also, Stevie sucks and wasn't worth the effort. Max has mad pick me energy! Overall, 2 nasty hooves out of ten or in other words, 1 out of 175 snowglobes. Also, was Omi in a snowglobe the entire time... is this an inception of snowglobes? My significant other in Germany absolutely loves this movie and thinks this is Oscar worthy! So, take that...
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MackenzieReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Krampus is coming to town...yay!
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Awww Krampus, what isn't there to say about this cinematic masterpiece? It's got all the elements we love when it comes to a Christmas movie: Possessed toys, a German grandma, Toni Collette. Not gonna lie, I saw this twice in theaters and if I had an infinite supply of money I would've seen it more. This film is just a good time.

I made my family watch it this past holiday season and even though no one else shared my same enthusiasm for Krampus I was still able to enjoy it... I just had to ignore the constant complaints of my family members. Luckily Krampus' pounding hooves jumping from roof to roof was able to drown them out.

Only watch this if you want to find a new Christmas classic!
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Tim F. MartinReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun horror comedy, more horror than comedy
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Krampus (2015), an American horror comedy, though I think more horror than comedy. Plot is basically a boy named Max Engel (played by Emjay Anthony), who still believes in Santa, writes a letter to Santa, his dysfunctional cousins, aunts, and uncle come over to stay for Christmas, one of the cousins finds the letter and reads it aloud to everyone to Max's tremendous embarrassment, Max storms off, rips the letter up and throws it out his bedroom window, and this combined with his deep desire for his family to be gone summons the titular Krampus. Krampus and crew (he doesn't come alone) proceed to isolate the Engel household and terrorize its inhabitants, with gradually different members of the household getting captured by Krampus and his minions. The dysfunctional family unites to try to save those captured and prevent anyone else from vanishing. There are boarded windows and doors, guns, axes, knives, nail guns, fire, it's a whole thing.

Mixed feelings about it. It is slickly produced with good production values, good pacing, and at times pretty good effects. At other times effects or costumes aren't that great. The movie starts out as a pretty broad comedy with an over the top you-can't-believe-they-are-this-bad family out of a Chevy Chase movie then becomes a thriller then a horror movie then starts to lose some of the horror feel for a time with over the top creatures (like the sentient evil gingerbread men cookies) then goes back to pretty grim horror and not so cute anymore.

Krampus himself was cool but is MIA for surprisingly large amounts of the movie (though prominent in the final showdown). Not sure I completely understood the ending at first though after reading reviews online I got it now. I liked Conchata Ferrell as Aunt Dorothy and I liked Toni Collette as Sarah Engel, Max's mom, as well. The cousins mostly weren't really great characters though overall decent casting. There are some good scenes, such as Max's sister Beth (Stefania LaVie Owen) getting hunted out in a snowstorm, that was effective.
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