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December 6, 2015 // No Comments

Krampus

Director: Michael Dougherty

Cert: 15/PG-13

Runtime: 98

Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner

Krampus is the latest holiday horror from Trick r’ Treat director, Michael Dougherty. Carrying the same themes as 
Trick r’ Treat, Krampus
turns its satirical eye upon those of us that have forgotten the true meaning of the season.

The film opens on Christmas shoppers in as Black Friday-esque rampage, shot like a twisted eighties Christmas movie. The meaning of the season is lost and this is characterised by a family who have come together out of tradition and habit.

 

Krampus sets up these comedic characters and then throws them into a horror setup that’s very akin to Gremlins. Great practical effects and not so great CGI terrorise the family towards a nail-biting climax and an ending that is up to interpretation. That said, Krampus is here to have fun so don’t dwell on it.

The idea of throwing comedy characters into horror doesn’t always work but it’s never distracting here. The movie also does some pretty fun things with foreshadowing (the gingerbread man impaled on a knife is a great little mislead) and is well shot. Inside we have the warm colours of Christmas, whilst outside the lack of colour chills us to our bones. It’s strong imagery that will stay with you, much like Trick r’ Treat did.

Krampus is a movie we don’t get very often these days, and it’s great it’s here to remind us of the true meaning of the season. Whether we like it or not.

See the trailer here.

Rating: 4/5

Krampus is available in cinemas now.