Krampus

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  • Summary: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) 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. AllWhen his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) 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. [Legendary Pictures] Expand

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Dec 7, 2015
    80
    A well-above-average ho-ho-ho-horror film with a shivery sense of winter weirdland and anarchic ultra-violence, it’s also a strong candidate to become a holiday favourite thanks to a perfectly judged punchline.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Dec 3, 2015
    75
    Full credit to director Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) because this is great-looking movie, filled with freaky creature designs and a just-right mixture of practical effects and CGI.
  3. 70
    Krampus, when he eventually shows his cards, is a dark delight, but this film has more to offer than a single monster – Dougherty has a few puppet side-shows, including elves, a clown which comes right out of Poltergeist’s closet and some stuffed animals which are the satanic mirrior images of our Toy Story friends. Ho, ho, ho, indeed.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 3, 2015
    58
    The film's lack of terror might be more forgivable had it embraced its more humorous inclinations, but the script’s pedestrian liberals-vs.-conservatives, boors-vs.-yuppies conflicts rarely result in anything laugh-out-loud funny.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Dec 4, 2015
    50
    Krampus, sad to say, is a disappointment. It's alternately funny and intense (don't take the wee ones), but never enough of either to form a cohesive whole.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Dec 4, 2015
    40
    Too many obnoxious relatives, evil critters and weak gags at the expense of fat kids and foul-mouthed old ladies.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Dec 3, 2015
    20
    No one has been too naughty to be subjected to this reindeer poop.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Dec 7, 2015
    10
    One of the most scariest movies of the entire year among Unfriended, The Visit, Insidious Chapter 3, and Crimson Peak. The Practicality, theOne of the most scariest movies of the entire year among Unfriended, The Visit, Insidious Chapter 3, and Crimson Peak. The Practicality, the atmosphere, and the story is riveting. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2015
    8
    Krampus was by no means a perfect movie; however, there isn't much done wrong here. For a comedy-horror, Krampus blends a nice mix of the twoKrampus was by no means a perfect movie; however, there isn't much done wrong here. For a comedy-horror, Krampus blends a nice mix of the two together throughout the film. There's plenty of laughs to be had along with some scary moments that push the limits of the PG-13 rating well. It's a wildly entertaining film that belongs in the annual Christmas movie re-watch list. The special and practical effects teams also did a superb job of crafting some truly nightmarish and unique monsters, and the cast is surprisingly endearing.

    My only complaints would be a couple lines of overused dialogue and a couple rushed sequences. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to anyone who likes movies that are a little more "out there" and aren't afraid to take risks.
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  3. Dec 14, 2015
    7
    I had no idea what to expect in this movie. It starts out like Christmas Vacation and then gets really dark. I really loved the setting andI had no idea what to expect in this movie. It starts out like Christmas Vacation and then gets really dark. I really loved the setting and the early events in the movie that kind of set everything up. it is a great beginning to a very scary movie. But, I didn't think the movie lived up to the expectations. There were a few good scares. It certainly kept my interest. But, it was a little hokey now and then. And, the ending I feel I have seen before. But, it might be worth seeing since there isn't much out there now in the scary movie genre. Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2015
    7
    Krampus is yet another Christmas horror-comedy that satirizes the american family, and the merriest time of the year. Beneath all of it’sKrampus is yet another Christmas horror-comedy that satirizes the american family, and the merriest time of the year. Beneath all of it’s scary creatures, and comedy oriented cast is a message about family, and the christmas spirit. Krampus is a funny, and often scary Christmas horror movie, despite its weak and somewhat confusing ending. In an age when Christmas time means something different to everybody, this movie is especially impressive because it appeals to all of those people.
    Krampus’ humor is one of the film’s biggest strengths as it opens with a hilarious black friday scene. The humor came as no surprise, considering the cast, but what was slightly surprising was that the comedy was more black-comedy, which blended beautifully with the horror tones. The film in many ways is a satire on our society in general, poking fun at how divided we are and our overall apathy towards the things that matter. Although the film has a pretty biting take on the american family, it has a somewhat positive outlook on it.
    The creatures in the film are a combination of gremlins, and a terrible holiday nightmare. The different types of creatives creatures the film uses is truly impressive and terrifying. The black comedy blends beautifully with the twisted variations on holiday toys and treats. Despite all of this the film does have it’s share of weaknesses. The most notable is the ending.
    The film has a good narrative flow, and pushes through until the last 10 minutes of the film. In the last 10 minutes, one characters turns a 180 and the plot becomes confusing. Without giving anything away, the film has multiple endings and by the end it’s tough to tell what happened. On top of the weak ending, many times the film feels like a gremlins rip off. On top of that the satire on the family falls a little flat, as many characters remain stereotypes.
    Krampus does deliver on the humor and the horror that it promises, and if that’s all you’re expecting then you won’t be disappointed. The film even gives a funny look at the american society, even if it’s a little thin. In the end Krampus is a fun take on Christmas horror, and horror comedy, so if you like either of those genres, check it out.
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  5. Jan 5, 2016
    6
    Krampus is a wacky mashup of Halloween and Christmas that is creepy but not scary. The ending might throw off many viewers although everythingKrampus is a wacky mashup of Halloween and Christmas that is creepy but not scary. The ending might throw off many viewers although everything leading up to it is effective. Decent. Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2015
    5
    Poor pacing and an inconsistent tone really hindered my enjoyment. The film starts off fantastic. Showing the deplorable behavior of BlackPoor pacing and an inconsistent tone really hindered my enjoyment. The film starts off fantastic. Showing the deplorable behavior of Black Friday shoppers with pleasant Christmas music in the background. The jarring dissonance between the soothing music and aggressive actions shows how far we've strayed from the 'true' Christmas spirit.....God, I can't wait for Krampus to harshly judge these characters....except He takes his sweet demon time getting there. For approximately the first 45 minutes of the movie, barely anything scary or suspenseful happens. The movie leans heavily on its comedic elements at these points. It's hit or miss comedy inspired by the 'nightmare family relative' cliché. Unfortunately at several points, the movie isn't funny or scary. It's overly sentimental garbage. When the 'horror comedy' finally kicks in, 4 different characters are battling 4 different types of 'monsters' in 2 different locations in two separate locations with fast cuts back and forth. Really? Nothing happening to everything happening. It's more cartoonish than over the top violence like I was expecting. I'm a pretty jumpy guy, and I didn't even flinch. Would NOT recommend seeing while in theatres. Wait to rent or skip altogether. Expand
  7. Dec 23, 2015
    0
    This is quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen (definitely not an understatement). The plot line was fairly scattered with littleThis is quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen (definitely not an understatement). The plot line was fairly scattered with little bits of information coming into play throughout the movie - in most cases, too late for them to be relevant. The overall genre of the movie was a bit confusing, seeming like a comedy at the beginning, and transitioning into a ridiculous form of thriller at the end. Not only is the plot predictable and poorly acted, most of the screen time was taken up by redundant scenes that lacked proper explanation beforehand. I am not usually one to criticize movies as harshly, but people in the theatres were leaving part way, and at the end (supposedly the most suspenseful part), people were laughing. This movie cannot be taken seriously as the killer gingerbread men and human-eating caterpillar/jack in the box hybrid confirm. I truly regret spending the money to see this movie and would not recommend it to ANYONE. Expand

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