Lee barely tolerates the evil magic of Christmas.
|"My finger. Pull it."|
When Max is humiliated for still believing in Santa Claus, he loses faith in Christmas, accidentally summoning Krampus, the shadow of Saint Nicolas. Once the plot takes over the film drastically changes as the elements of horror take over. The snow creates a perfect suspenseful setting, impairing the audience’s vision. The intensity continues to build with the silhouetted arrival of the Christmas demon Gus Von Krampus. The suspense quickly changes to full on terror as each new dark and wicked scene is introduced. It’s the Krampus film horror fans have been waiting for! Then everything goes to shit when a gingerbread cookie comes to life and grabs a nail gun. After that, the whole film loses its edge. When Krampus releases his army of demented toys to do his dirty work, the movie changes from a dark film full of horrific potential, to an episode of Goosebumps based on the Island of Misfit Toys. It becomes completely cartoony, abandoning the fantastic outline that made the first half so wicked. Think of a drunk Tim Burton doodle on a cocktail napkin. It’s that bad.
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|"We're little bastard cookies!"|
Overall, Krampus is like getting a big present during a secret Santa exchange. You wonder with anticipation what’s inside, and when you finally open it you discover a nearly empty box with a package of underwear at the bottom. Sure you laugh along with your secret Santa’s cruel joke, but inside you’re disappointed. Really really disappointed. And kind of pissed off. That pretty much sums up this film.
-Lee L. Lind