‘Krampus’ Review

Directed by Michael Dougherty
Written by Michael Dougherty, Todd Casey, and Zach Shields
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Krista Stadler

It is that time of year again, Christmas time, and, therefore, the perfect time to release a horror movie. Well, “Krampus” is not a straight horror movie, but more of a monster/slasher movie. The combination of both of the horror subgenres is not a good mix. “Krampus” was too much slasher, too little monster.

“Krampus” had the kernel of a good monster movie buried somewhere within it. For those who may not know, Krampus is a creature from Germanic folklore who is the antithesis of St.Nicholas (Santa Clause). The myth of Krampus is a fascinating movie in its own right, and it is the movie that probably should have been made. “Krampus” could have also been a morality tale or even a satire about what Christmas should be vs. what Chrismas has become told as a monster movie.

With a PG-13 rating “Krampus” being a slasher movie, at least in part, does not work. PG-13 slasher movies are not fun because all the deaths happen off screen. “Krampus” certainly lacked fun.

The one good thing that can be said for “Krampus” is the score was fantastic. The score incorporated the melodies of various well-known Christmas songs, notably “Silent Night.” In a Christmas movie having that kind of score is nothing but a good thing.

“Krampus” should have been a different movie using the legend as a commentary on the current state of the holiday. “Krampus” does in the most superficial ways touch on the state Christmas, but that idea could have bee, and should have been developed further.

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