Last year when Krampus came out, my first thought was "cool, a Christmas horror movie." After watching though, I'm not sure I would call it "cool."
The film is about a family who has lost their belief in Christmas. It starts off with family members coming over to stay for Christmas. Max (played by Emjay Anthony) rips up his letter to Santa after his cousins make fun of him for believing in Santa Claus still. First of all, what kind of cousins would treat their family like that? Just watching the scenes leading up to the horror was horrific to me. They were so mean to Max. Their parents weren't great either, why would a parent let their kids treat others like that - especially at the dinner table for Christmas!
Okay, sorry, back to the movie at hand. So after Max rips up the letter, a blizzard comes in and takes out everyone on the block, leaving this family only. Throughout the next couple days, Krampus' henchmen kill them off one by one. Until Max finally realizes his family is worth all the problems.
The telling of her story may or may not have been necessary, I felt like it was just in the to kill time. Definitely didn't think the animation of it was working at all. It seems disconnected from the movie entirely.
I feel like this film had way too many things coming at the family. First there was a man-eating Jack n the box (as if Jack n the Boxes weren't scary enough!). Then we had killer gingerbread men, killer toys in the attic, creepy looking elves, snowmen "watching" them from the front lawn, and eventually Krampus himself. You really don't even see Krampus until one the ending scenes, when Grandma faces him head on.
Favorite part: when Rosie the bulldog caught the killer gingerbread man in the air and ate him, saving his owner at the same time.
Least favorite part: the ending. I was hoping for a happy ending. Now, it may seem happy. But it wasn't. Sigh.
I'm giving this movie a "Hated It." Yeah, I guess if you look at it for moral purposes it's not too bad, but everything that happened along the way was just not good. Are they really making a second one?
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"