Krampus ***

  

IMDB Synopsis: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home.

“Krampus” is a film very much in the spirit of “Gremlins” and “Critters”. It is a bit of comedy and horror but suitable for more than just adults. Young teens and older might get a kick out of this and it is mostly a bloodless affair. It does have a lot of solid scares and jumpy moments don’t let kids too young watch this.

Myself I enjoyed the setting, the direction and the sense of fun from this film. I have a particular affection for films shot in the snow so right away I found this visually appealing. The director, Michael Dougherty, lets the snow pound down on his sets until it is a white out. I love how he focuses on the characters as they become unhinged by the situation. I also love how he is isn’t afraid to let it reach such a ridiculous climax involving the titular Krampus and his minions.

I hope this movie does well. It sure is coming out at a tough time of year to release a horror flick. Maybe the holiday selling will help it find an audience. Crossover genres are usually a hard sell so we will see.

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