Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Krampus (2015)

"Because that's what family is. We have to get along with them, even if we don't have much in common."

This film was suggested for me by Mrs Llamastrangler in a particularly evil moment as the Christmas film to blog this year. Next time I'm doing bloody Die Hard.

The German legend of the Krampus seems not to have travelled to this country with Prince Albert alongside Christmas cards and Christmas trees, but it seems to be impinging more and more on popular culture, particularly in the United States; I first heard of the legend from an episode of Grimm a couple of years ago. I suppose it's calling out for a good horror film but, well, this is not it.

Let me tell you the plot, shall I? A family squabble a lot. A kid wishes for it to stop. The Krampus arrives and offs them all. The kid regrets it and the adults all come back, except for those who really don't deserve it. And that's it. No stars, no wit, no fun. You don't care about any of the characters and it's boring, boring, boring.

Yep. Definitely Die Hard next year.


  1. Do you think Gremlins and Black Christmas are better?

  2. I probably shouldn't comment on Gremlins as it's been thirty years (!) since I've seen it, but yes, Black Christmas had relatable characters and wasn't shot in this horrible over-slick style that ruins the atmosphere of many a modern horror movie. Black Christmas feels fresh and new; Krampus just feels tired.