Release Date: December 4th.
Written by: Michael Dougherty and Todd Casey.
Directed by: Michael Dougherty.
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner and Allison Tolman.
Like most of us, director Michael Dougherty grew up watching Gremlins as part of his Christmas repertoire, and with Krampus, that's exactly the kind of movie that he wanted to give to his fans; a dark fairytale that the kids can see, while at the same time pleasing the adult horror-lovers in all of us.
In that, he's succeeded wildly.
Christmas together. Of course her family are all complete jerks, and it doesn't look like it's going to be a very happy and joyous celebration for anyone, but if Christmas is about anything, it's about putting up with family members who drive you insane. And rum.
|YEAH, THAT'S SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER RIGHT THERE.|
|THERE ARE ALSO EVIL ELVES AND DISTURBING SNOWMEN.|
|WHY CLOWNS WERE EVER USED FOR KIDS PARTIES, WE'LL NEVER KNOW.|
What Krampus does really well is illustrate what Christmas is supposed to be all about, and show us that for the wicked amongst us, there are no presents, only coal. Murderous, soul-stealing coal. The movie is a visual treat of the Christmas variety, but its characters, at least at the start, are all self-absorbed and horrible. They're missing the point of Christmas completely... until Krampus comes along and reminds them what happens to people when they don't believe.
It makes a good point without being too preachy about it.
|HOW'S THAT XANAX WORKING FOR YOU NOW, MOM?|
The whole thing played a lot like Gremlins to us; kinda funny, a lot of fun, mildly sentimental here and there, and even a bit scary in parts. But fun is the order of the day with this movie.
We can't say much about the ending without ruining things for you, but I do have to say that the way it ended brought a smile to our faces. It was perfect. We loved it.
|"WE HAVE SUCH CHRISTMAS SIGHTS TO SHOW YOU."|
Good for them though, as the movie will most likely double its production costs before all is said an done. Hopefully, it will earn even more than that.
|TEDDY RUXPIN SURE HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS...|
It's just not fair.
|YOU'RE 12, KID, WHY ARE YOU STILL WRITING LETTERS TO SANTA?|
|HE NEVER SAW IT COMING.|
|WE DID GET TO SEE TONI COLLETTE SLIDE HER HAND INTO A "STOCKING" THOUGH. *YOU CAN MAKE ANYTHING SOUND DIRTY WHEN YOU PUT QUOTES AROUND IT.|
|YEAH, JUST STARE AT IT. THAT WILL MAKE IT NOT KILL YOU.|
We can always hold out hope that there will be an Unrated Cut when it hits Blu-ray.
Bottom line, you should go and see Krampus, and support the Genre that you know and love. If it keeps drawing crowds, Trick 'r Treat 2 will almost be guaranteed to have a bigger budget, and see a wide theatrical release too. Now, doesn't that sound nice?
Krampus is in theaters now.
Krampus, to whet you appetite a bit.