Plot: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home.
Director: Michael Dougherty
Released: December 2015
Comedy-horror is a sub-genre that’s very difficult to get right, with very few films managing to be funny and still remain scary. Krampus is one of those rare films that manages to tread that fine line of being filled with comic humour and dark imagery, whilst also being a prime example of a Christmas-themed horror-comedy done near-perfectly.
With Trick ‘R Treat already on his resume, Dougherty is certainly no stranger to directing films in either sub-genre. The film is focused on a young boy named Max (Emjay Anthony) who along with his family is losing the holiday spirit, after a heated argument , Max tears up his letter to Santa and accidentally summons the Krampus. Now, Max along with his family struggle to make it through to the holiday season against Krampus and his legions of demonic helpers.
Dougherty’s expert talent for blending different types of humour makes this film a delight, along with the addition to a few genuinely creepy and imaginative set-pieces and the strong casting of all characters, My personal favourite character being Howard (Koechner), the uber-conservative gun-nut uncle, a character you’d usually love to hate.
Krampus is filled with great character, including loads of callbacks to the classic horror films of the ’80s, an animated flashback sequence to provide The Krampus character with some lore and evoking a feeling of being not too dissimilar to those cheesy Christmas movies Netflix produces every year.
Some horror fans might not like how comedic Krampus is at times, not helped by the marketing not really pointing this out, but if you enjoy well-acted and produced horror with a comedic edge then this film is right up your street and joins Black Chrismas and Die Hard on my alternative Christmas list.
If you liked: Tucker & Dale vs Evil, The Evil Dead, Zombieland