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Krampus (2015) Review

Krampus (2015) Review

Do you like your cheesy Christmas films with a side of cheesy horror? Then Krampus is for you.

Quick summary of the film - young Max gets bullied because he still believes in Santa, his family are none too sympathetic so he rips up his letter to Santa and, I assume from the narrative, stops believing in the jolly fat man and also wishes his family would do one. This brings the Krampus to his home to kill his loved ones and leave only him alive as a warning to other non-believers. 

The overall tone of the film is deliciously morbid with a teenage girl 'disappearing' in the first half and hour, and then mainly children biting the dust before any adults get taken out. It hits right at the innocent bit of Christmas. But it's not scary and it's not shocking. It's wonderfully campy. Camp horror is literally the best way to describe it.

The cast is wonderful, all doing their best scare-fest overacting and playing even the silliest of moments with a straight face. It makes the whole premise work better than you'd expect. There aren't any odd, comic lines before shooting something or taking an axe to a threat - it accepts that this is insane, scary shit and lets it play out.

My favourite monster is the awful jack-in-a-box, snake thing. It manages to encompass bad horror and an actual repulsive look all without CGI. Which brings me onto something else about this film that make it rather refreshing - there's minimal special effects employed, as in computer based ones. Most of the monsters are puppets and masks help make the weird elf creatures creepy as fuck. Want to make something uncanny on the cheap? Chuck a mask on it.

So the fighting and the horror are up to scratch but the ending it a little, meh. Max tries to fix what he's caused by offering himself up, but "the Krampus only takes". So instead of a reunited family having a happy ending, we see a group of people potentially stuck in a Christmas-y home together for all eternity with no escape. I mean that's ok, but I think I'd like a little bit of hope at the end of a Christmas film even if it is a horror one. Maybe that's just me though.  

To sum up, I reckon it's worth a watch if you're into horror and want to add something festive to your Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night line up. If you want something a bit more heart warming look elsewhere. I'd say give it a go if you fancy, but you're not missing out if its not up your street.

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