Synopsis: Again meeting for Christmas, Max’s family proves more dysfunctional than ever, and losing all hope, wishes for them all to go away.
• A ride as fun as it was coldly dark.
• All the actors handled the horror of both a dysfunctional family and the Krampus realistically, leading to some genuinely good humor.
• Though it did tend to lean toward horror, the film did an amiable job attempting to balance the humor with the horror.
• The visuals were horrifying and hilarious at times, particularly the Krampus’ minions. It was a beautifully horrific Christmas landscape.
• The darker themes were not for anyone looking for the standard “Miracle on 34th Street” Christmas film.
• The characters were not given much time to breath and stand out.
• Given the darker themes surrounding the mythological Krampus, the film might have been too restrained.
You better watch out, you better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. The Krampus is comin’ to town. Besides, as Hellraiser’s Pinhead once said, tears are a waste of good suffering.
Krampus is the kind of character that now seems to be the antithesis of what the winter holidays are now all about, especially in the United States. Yet, everything must have some kind of opposite. We merely pretend that Christmas is all about giving, but as the film showed directly, we have all become like the Krampus in a way. Even before Thanksgiving, we take, we consume, and we spend money we do not have, with so much of it really going to only ourselves. How can we even know what that Christmas Spirit is when we all seem to forget that even that Christmas Tree was taken from Pagan traditions? We need the Krampus now more than ever to give us a good kick in our naughty complacency.
Rotten Tomatoes — 67%