Krampus (2015) Review

Rating: 4 / 10

Christmas horror movie that tries to be scary and funny but fails in all of it, but the story of Krampus keeps you in your seats.

Plot: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Starring:

  • Adam Scott as Tom Engel
  • Toni Collette as Sarah Engel
  • David Koechner as Howard
  • Allison Tolman as Linda
  • Conchata Ferrell as Aunt Dorothy
  • Emjay Anthony as Max Engel
  • Stefania LaVie Owen as Beth Engel
  • Krista Stadler as Omi Engel
  • and many more

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Written by: Todd Casey, Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields

I think that I watch too much horror movies (nothing can’t suprise me) and I couldn’t enjoy this one. Of course the story of Krampus was interesting – a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers – was great. There were so little scary moments in this movie, I thought I was watching a comedy who tried to be funny but couldn’t land a joke. The only thing that kept me to the screen was the story.

The cast was ok. But I couldn’t enjoy the performance from Toni Collette. For me she just didn’t make the character alive. When her daughter went missing, she just stands there and cries for few seconds and that’s all. All the emotions that needs to be in a horror movie – being scared, worrying about somebody and so on – wasn’t shown in this character. Please put some effort next time when you play a role. The enjoyable part in this movie was the performances from Krista Stadler – I liked how she acted. All emotions where shown that needs to be in a horror movie, she made the character interesting with just her acting. She also got nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award in Chainsaw Awards (don’t know what is that but at least she got an award). Of course the other cast members – Adam Scott, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, were a good addition to the movie.

Hollywood should really start to put some thought in horror genre. Make the films with characters that evolve and are interesting, not with non-emotional characters that react weird when something happens. Even when you have a good story make the scares much scarier. This is a horror movie not a family movie. Kids could easily be scared but adults will just yawn. And the jokes………..no…….no……no……..no…….no.

I really wanted that the story would have had a conclusion not like: uuuuu maybe we will have a sequel but who knows…….This story is just for one movie and I really hope that they won’t make a sequel or even a prequel for this one.

As of January 21, 2016, Krampus has grossed $42.7 million in North America and $18.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $61.4 million, against a budget of $15 million.

For more information, check out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3850590/

 

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