Time for another holiday movie! I was really excited about the premise of this film because it’s different than your traditional Christmas movie. I thought that if it was executed correctly, it could be really fun. Well everyone, this one was better than I had expected it to be. I would say that this movie is a horror/ comedy. The characters in the film are great, you really start to love some of them and despise others. As things are happening, there are some characters that you gravitate towards and others that are so annoying you really want to see the evil helpers end them or do whatever it is that they do with their victims. The grandmother is the part that grounds this film. Her portrayal is that of someone that has seen some things and you really get the air of wisdom.
I really liked the fact that there is no gore or cheap jump scares. There are moments when you expect them to come, (there’s the eerie background music and everything) but they don’t which is a big positive for me. It’s not scary just because something terrifying flashes in front of you really fast or makes a loud noise. The actual content of this film is pretty creepy. The evil helpers throughout the film were done perfectly. From the man-eating Jack in the Box to the cute but evil little gingerbread men, everything looks great! There are also some vindictive elves which are pretty cool and they bring it up to the big baddy himself: Krampus. Now if you know anything about what Krampus is supposed to look like, this is spot on. The film maker does a really great job of letting you see bits and pieces of Krampus throughout the film. We get to see close ups of his long creepy fingers or horrifying shots of his feet as he is searching for his next victim. Then there are shots of him from a distance in which he looks like a giant shadowy figure. Still frightening nonetheless. Now, these are positives because when you finally get the big reveal of what Krampus looks like, it’s a powerful moment that you have been waiting for and building up to the entire film. I don’t want to spoil it for you but the ending of this film is just great, it’s exactly what I wanted it to be but still unexpected.
Krampus is a fun night at the theater or on your couch with a bowl of popcorn. It is something new and fresh for the holidays. Cinema Wise gives Krampus a 3 out of 5.
This review is by Ryan Wolfe