It’s officially December and I feel like this year has gone by way too fast. I’m still stuck in October. Everyone seems to be getting into the holiday spirit. Lights are being strewn about the roofs of suburban homes. Christmas trees both real and fake are being decorated in every living room. Little kids are eagerly scribbling down what they want from Santa Claus this year. And those--like myself--are finally doing their Christmas shopping.
This is the season where people come together in the spirit of Christmas. Although there are many that enjoy this season, I find it to be the most stressful time of the year. This film illustrates how Christmas can drive some people away from one another and what consequences can result from that. When I first saw the trailer for this film, I was immediately intrigued. If there's anything you gotta know about me is this--I have this weird fascination with folklore. And I also love when asshole kids get punished.
The story behind Krampus is one of my favorites. Throughout Austria and the Alpine region of Germany, this demonic character is a figure with horns and a beard. Sounds sexy. He’s equipped with bells and chains and makes it a point to whip misbehaving children with sticks. Dreamy. His sole purpose is to punish bratty children. Children who have misbehaved and don’t value Christmas answer to the demonic creature…
The beginning of this film is an excellent portrayal of how crazy the holidays are (in America that is). We are introduced to a hungry mob eager to push people down as they snag toys off the shelves. Shopping (especially during the holidays) is a hellacious experience--I’m already relating to this film on a lot of levels. This movie couldn’t have created a better opening shot.
We’re introduced to the main characters of the film and their festive home. The Engel Family is gathering around the table to eat a holiday meal. From the visiting Uncle to the viciously inebriated Aunt Dorothy (of whom I’m convinced is the Aunt I’ve never had) the Engel Family is quickly losing their Christmas spirit. Max, the youngest son of the Engels’--is still a true believer in Christmas and has even drafted a letter he intends to send to Santa. But after his cousins get a hold of it, they humiliate him in front of the rest of his family which leads him to rip up his letter while tossing it angrily out of his bedroom window.
The moment the torn up letter flies out the window--I felt incredibly nervous. This shit is about to hit the fan and this family isn't ready. A part of me had this mental battle going on: You really fucked up now Max. You should have mailed that damn letter. Why did you have to be so selfish? Now, you've just invited Krampus and his friends over to your house. Good job dude, good job. Ya'll are fucked now. The torn up letter to Santa Claus symbolizes Max’s faith in Christmas and leads him and the rest of his family into the clutches of Krampus himself. And now Krampus and his minions have descended upon their home and destroy the rest of his family members.
In any horror film, one of the most important things I need is this; believable kills. They have to seem like they could actually happen in order for me to be on board. And this film didn’t disappoint when it came to that. Christmas toys are transformed and brought to life as they terrorize the family. And gingerbread men are armed with knives ready to slice you from limb to limb. What could get better than killer Gingerbread cookies?
Krampus is the perfect holiday horror flick. Visually stunning, witty dialogue and a believable storyline make this film a must see this season. What happens to the Engel Family? Will Aunt Dorothy survive the evening? Also--where can I get killer gingerbread men?
If you’re looking for something to pop in on Christmas Eve--you won’t be disappointed with this flick. Huddle up with a loved one, start putting together your gingerbread house and sip on some hot cocoa as you watch Krampus in all his glory.
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