Inspired by ancient European folklore, the titular villain in Krampus is a humongous horned monster who torments naughty children and anyone else in its path who forsakes holiday traditions.
The film itself features a dysfunctional family’s festive antics, and the young boy Max (Emjay Anthony) who loses faith in the holidays, and this loss of innocence is the catalyst that summons the demon. Now trapped by Krampus’ powers, Max and his family (including Toni Collette and Adam Scott as his embattled parents), must fight for their lives against the demon’s minions if they want to survive this Christmas.
If you’re a fan of films like Puppet Master, Monkey Shines, Child’s Play or even the B-list holiday classic Jack Frost, chances are you’ll find Krampus enjoyable. If you’re not into whimsical horror, or the idea of weird things coming alive, then you shouldn’t even bother with this film.
If you’re looking for real horror or gore, you won’t exactly find it in this film, what you will find is a pretty entertaining take on some spooky folklore and maybe a few fun scares and laughs.
If you’re like me and you love a campy and accessible horror comedy, then definitely check out Krampus. It’s rated PG-13, so some horror loving kiddies can get in on some holiday fun too, and although it’s may not be your classic holiday fare, it sure beats the hell out of Elf on a Shelf.
-Felicia Mancini, writing for A Girl’s Guide to Horror