I will be posting Christmas themed horror films over the next 24 days, for the twenty-third night I am listing the 2015 fantasy dark comedy Krampus.
Dir- Michael Dougherty
In recent years we have seen a considerable surge in interest for the Anti-Santa creature known as Krampus, this 2015 film by director Michael Dougherty presents a dark comedy involving this rather vicious and vindictive monster as it seeks to punish those who lack Christmas spirit. The Engel family is hosting a family holiday with the husband Tom not looking forward to his wife's obnoxious brother in law Howard. Amidst the family disputes, the Christmas spirit for Tom's son Max has hit rock bottom, and he tears up his letter to Santa after his cousins mock him. A sudden blizzard traps the families in the home, and all attempts to seek help are thwarted by a horned creature and his minions who are set to kidnap the family members for their lack of faith and bad behavior. Krampus is a compelling dark comedy that features an impressive cast as well as some terrifying creatures that make the film a perfect holiday film for those who enjoy movies like Gremlins or Arachnophobia. The film has become a cult classic in recent years as popularity in Krampus has spawned many knockoff films. Krampus works because the movie captures the spirit of B-Movies effectively and delivers a story that is scary yet entertaining for those who may not be huge fans of horror. It is not worthy to see Toni Collette in this film as her recent performance in Hereditary has guaranteed her place as a genuine horror movie scream queen.