MOVIE – 2015 is soon over, and with the new Star Wars movie on the horizon, there is not much to anticipate regarding films. Pretty much most of the big publishers stayed away from the dreaded 18th of December release. A flick at the beginning of December was released, and that one is an anomaly. This movie should not exist, and yet it does, and with probably the most common Z category movie title of all time ( After zombies of course) … Krampus.
While the film title conjures nothing but bad movie images in our head, and not much creativity the movie was able to subvert my expectations. It’s actually a rather good horror film entry of 2015 – not to mention a good movie to watch every Christmas. The director of Krampus is Michael Dougherty who also directed the cult Halloween horror movie called Trick or Treat.
While this film is not as bloody or gut spilling as the one released in 2009, it is still able to become something more than the average mass of low tier horror movies. In fact, this will probably be one of the most iconic horror films of 2015 since everything else bombed at the box office (Hello Poltergeist Remake).
Americana, and the annoying relatives
Everybody loves the holidays! You love it! I love it! Except we do not always like our relatives. Ah yes, the Christmas cheer, the gifts, and the annoying siblings and brothers that we might have to endure for a few days. At least, that is what occurs at the tiny American home of Tom and Laurie’s home. The well-civilized family is going to be locked together with their county relatives. However tension are high between the two families and, in the end, Max, the son of Tom and Sarah, loses hope in Christmas and tears up the letter he wrote to Santa Claus. In doing so he summons the Krampus, and the family has to survive the mischiefs and traps of the „Shadow of Saint Nicholas”.
The movie, at first, seems like a pure horror movie, but in reality, it is a black comedy. Dosed with heavy criticism towards the American consumer culture, and batshit crazy family members. The film is well acted, and the pacing is great. The jokes are well written, but those are not familiar with American culture can get lost in it rather quickly. While most of the jokes would sound cliché if I were to write a few down here as examples, the timing and delivery can provoke great laughter out of the audience.
Monsters and Snow
Still this is a Michael Dougherty horror movie, and such movie would be complete without great effects and monsters. Without spoiling anything, I can say that the monsters are truly horrific and downright disturbing in certain scenes. The other great aspect of this movie is the snow, which slowly engulfs the world as the Krampus is getting close to the family.
I have no idea how they did it, but the snow looks splendid and felt like actual snow instead of CGI or fake snow. The sound effects and the music also matched the tone of the movie. Though some of you might get annoyed by the “horrorized” versions of the classical Christmas songs. Still regarding direction, effects and sound this is one of the better horror movies of 2015.
„He does not give; he comes to take away.”
Boy did this movie take away my soul! While this film is not the usual gory horror flick, it is still a must see for all horror fans. Especially if you enjoy some good old German folklore, death, and some heavy snow falls.