Check out the full Movie Bears Podcast review of ‘Krampus’ AND a discussion of some of our favorite alternative holiday films in the video below or read on for our mini-review:
Oh ‘Krampus,’ how we’ve looked forward to your holiday ho-ho-horror. With your demonic toys, big curvy horns, and jingle bell hell, we couldn’t ask for a better alternative Christmas flick – at least on paper. All the elements are certainly there but, unfortunately, the execution in stringing them together just doesn’t quite cook the Christmas goose. Bummer.
But let’s start at the beginning. If you’ve not seen the trailer, ‘Krampus’ follows a family who’ve lost the true meaning of Christmas. Like many of our families, they fight, they harangue, and they just don’t seem to give any damns about anything beyond themselves. So what happens when a young boy gets sick of it all and loses hope in the holiday? Slay bells ring and Demon Santa busts down their freaking door to punish them rightly.
Adam Scott, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, and David Koechner all do a decent job of portraying this dysfunctional family. Even Emjay Anthony does a passable delivery as Max, the kid-catalyst for the whole Krumpus rumpus. Toni Collette however – once a shining starlet upon the highest bough – is incredibly (and sadly) wasted. She does her best with what she’s given but you can’t help but wonder why on Earth she would take this role. The real star of the film – and not surprising given the title – is Krampus himself, however. We just wish he had been in it more.
‘Krampus’ makes great use of practical effects and relies very, very little on CGI. This gives the stakes in the film a much more real feel, heightening the danger. If you see this film for nothing else, it’s a joy to watch these 85% CGI-free creations rampaging around the house and doling out naughty-list punishments. But when Krampus really and truly takes center stage, that’s where this movie really begins to shine. His design is terrifying to behold and while we recommend perhaps checking this movie out if you’re in the mood, you might also just want to wait for rental.